move.

February 27, 2017 § Leave a comment

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
Jalaluddin Rumi

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McGee Mountain and Mount Morrison of the Sherwin Range of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, as seen from Benton Crossing in the Long Valley Caldera

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“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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native.

February 25, 2017 § 1 Comment

“So you make this deal with the gods. You do these dances and they’ll send rain and good crops and the whole works? And nothing bad will ever happen. Right.’ Prayer had always struck me as more or less a glorified attempt at a business transaction. A rain dance even more so.
I thought I might finally have offended Loyd past the point of no return, like stealing the lobster from frozen foods that time, to get myself fired. But Loyd was just thinking. After a minute he said, ‘No, it’s not like that. It’s not making a deal, bad things can still happen, but you want to try not to cause them to happen. It has to do with keeping things in balance.’
In balance.’
Really, it’s like the spirits have made a deal with us.’
And what is the deal?’ I asked.
We’re on our own. The spirits have been good enough to let us live here and use the utilities, and we’re saying: We know how nice you’re being. We appreciate the rain, we appreciate the sun, we appreciate the deer we took. Sorry if we messed up anything. You’ve gone to a lot of trouble, and we’ll try to be good guests.’
Like a note you’d send somebody after you stayed in their house?’
Exactly like that. ‘Thanks for letting me sleep on your couch. I took some beer out of the refrigerator, and I broke a coffee cup. Sorry, I hope it wasn’t your favorite one.”Barbara Kingsolver

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Sand Canyon, Canyon of the Ancients

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/canyon-of-the-ancients-national-monument/

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“Religion is for people who’re afraid of going to hell. Spirituality is for those who’ve already been there.” – Vine Delorio Jr.

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Canyon of the Ancients National Monument

http://www.hcn.org/issues/47.9/john-podesta-legacy-maker/monumental-changes

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“Though many non-Native Americans have learned very little about us, over time we have had to learn everything about them. We watch their films, read their literature, worship in their churches, and attend their schools. Every third-grade student in the United States is presented with the concept of Europeans discovering America as a “New World” with fertile soil, abundant gifts of nature, and glorious mountains and rivers. Only the most enlightened teachers will explain that this world certainly wasn’t new to the millions of indigenous people who already lived here when Columbus arrived.”
Wilma Mankiller, Every Day Is a Good Day: Reflections by Contemporary Indigenous Women

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aliveness.

February 20, 2017 § Leave a comment

“I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” – Agatha Christie

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Timpanogos South Peak

http://www.willhiteweb.com/utah_climbing/wasatch_mountains/alpine_loop/mount_timpanogos_012.htm

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“Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But inside our heads – at least that’s where I imagine it – there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library. And to understand the workings of our own heart we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in awhile, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.” – Haruki Murakami

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East side of Mt. Timpanogos

http://www.summitpost.org/mt-timpanogos-ut/151365

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“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” – Joseph Campbell

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Timpanogos

http://www.summitpost.org/mt-timpanogos-ut/151365

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“Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness, it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate. It is not the empath who is broken, it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled. There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. Those who are at times described as being a ‘hot mess’ or having ‘too many issues’ are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for a more caring, humane world. Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a light in this world.”
Anthon St. Maarten

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equanimity.

February 16, 2017 § Leave a comment

“There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.” – Miguel Ruiz

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Mesa Verde

http://outsidefound.com/2015/10/summer-2015-recap-best-of-the-bus/

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“A modern definition of equanimity: cool. This refers to one whose mind remains stable & calm in all situations.” – Allan Lokos

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View from Lowry

https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotos-g60857-Cortez_Colorado.html

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“The Greeks had a word for this: apatheia. It’s the kind of calm equanimity that comes with the absence of irrational or extreme emotions. Not the loss of feeling altogether, just the loss of the harmful, unhelpful kind. Don’t let the negativity in, don’t let those emotions even get started. Just say: No, thank you. I can’t afford to panic.” – Ryan Holiday

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near Cortez, CO

http://seniorcitizen.travel/types-of-vacationtravel/family-travel/seniors-enjoy-historic-colorado/

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“Having been through both of those other stages, our mind matures to a place where it is no longer moved: it does not grasp at pleasant things; it is not repelled by unpleasant things. Our mind attains deep, deep balance, like a calm, deep-flowing river. Out of this mature place of equanimity, the conditions arise that open our mind suddenly to the unconditioned, to what is beyond body and mind, to freedom.” – Joseph Goldstein

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quiet.

February 12, 2017 § Leave a comment

“speak quietly to yourself & promise there will be better days. whisper gently to yourself and provide assurance that you really are extending your best effort. console your bruised and tender spirit with reminders of many other successes. offer comfort in practical and tangible ways – as if you were encouraging your dearest friend. recognize that on certain days the greatest grace is that the day is over and you get to close your eyes. tomorrow comes more brightly…”
Mary Anne Radmacher

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https://www.blm.gov/nlcs_web/sites/ca/st/en/prog/nlcs/Headwaters_ForestReserve.html

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“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” – Anne Lamott

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Humboldt redwoods state park

http://blog.chinadaily.com.cn/forum.php?mod=viewthread&action=printable&tid=730975

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“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am – a reluctant enthusiast….a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.” – dward Abbey

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Redwood National Park

http://www.marcadamus.com/photo/the-sun-forest/

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“Most things will be okay eventually, but not everything will be. Sometimes you’ll put up a good fight and lose. Sometimes you’ll hold on really hard and realize there is no choice but to let go. Acceptance is a small, quiet room.” – Cheryl Strayed

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California old growth forest

https://sierraclearcutting.wordpress.com/

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“You have to take risks, he said. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. Every day, God gives us the sun–and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy. Every day, we try to pretend that we haven’t perceived that moment, that it doesn’t exist–that today is the same as yesterday and will be the same as tomorrow. But if people really pay attention to their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment. It may arrive in the instant when we are doing something mundane, like putting our front-door key in the lock; it may lie hidden in the quiet that follows the lunch hour or in the thousand and one things that all seem the same to us. But that moment exists–a moment when all the power of the stars becomes a part of us and enables us to perform miracles.” – Paul Coelho

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remember.

February 10, 2017 § Leave a comment

“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”- Stephen Hawking

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North Rim Grand Canyon

http://www.mygrandcanyonpark.com/north-rim-during-the-winter/

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“Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open.” – Rose Wilder Lane

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pain.

February 9, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” ― Haruki Murakami

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Mount Antero Colorado

http://coloradoguy.com/scenery-pictures/colorado.htm

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“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.” – Thomas Paine

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This song and show gave me courage to make it on my own in the broadcast TV biz when I was often the only girl/lady in the room….

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