humanity.

October 22, 2017 § Leave a comment

“If you’re reading this…
Congratulations, you’re alive.
If that’s not something to smile about,
then I don’t know what is.” – Chad Sugg

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12_redAspen

https://skihaussteamboat.com/fall-in-steamboat-springs-colorado/

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“You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She’s not perfect—you aren’t either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break—her heart. So don’t hurt her, don’t change her, don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she’s not there.” – Bob Marley

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Hillside of gold

http://www.100summits.com/trip-reports/item/259-crestone-needle-autumn-climb

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“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” – Albert Einstein

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GrandMesaSunset1

http://www.viewfindermedia.com/wordpress/colorado-fall-2010-recap/

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“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.” ― Albert Schweitzer

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Wasatch maple

http://www.arborscapeservices.com/9-fantastic-colorado-fall-color-trees-and-shrubs/

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“Books are the carriers of civilization…They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.” – Barbara Tuchman

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CO Fall

https://www.outdoorproject.com/blog-news/30-spectacular-fall-adventures-colorado

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“When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs

http://activerain.com/blogsview/4200791/fall-arrival-in-colorado-springs

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“
Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. An intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you’ll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.” – Janet Fitch

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

https://www.tripsavvy.com/spots-for-fall-colors-503989

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“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Colorado Fall-Foliage

http://lifestyledenver.com/2015/09/16/top-ten-places-to-see-fall-colors-in-colorado/

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“What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.” – Carl Sagan

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respect.

October 19, 2017 § Leave a comment

“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.”― Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

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U.S. Highway 550 north of Durango, Colorado

U.S. Highway 550 north of Durango, Colorado

http://adventurepro.us/five-ways-to-fall-blaze/

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“The truest form of love is how you behave toward someone, not how you feel about them.” – Steve Hall

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Near Silverjack Reservoir on Owl Creek Pass

Near Silverjack Reservoir on Owl Creek Pass

https://www.boxcanyonouray.com/activities/year-round-activities/scenic-drives

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“Once we give up searching for approval we often find it easier to earn respect.”
Gloria Steinem

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scenic-drives-southwest-colorado

Last Dollar road

https://www.boxcanyonouray.com/activities/year-round-activities/scenic-drives

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“Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do it and gave her the instructions for the battle. The day arrived. The student warrior stood on one side, and fear stood on the other. The warrior was feeling very small, and fear was looking big and wrathful. They both had their weapons. The young warrior roused herself and went toward fear, prostrated three times, and asked, “May I have permission to go into battle with you?” Fear said, “Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission.” Then the young warrior said, “How can I defeat you?” Fear replied, “My weapons are that I talk fast, and I get very close to your face. Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say. If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me, and you can have respect for me. You can even be convinced by me. But if you don’t do what I say, I have no power.” In that way, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear. ”
Pema Chödrön

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metaphor.

October 18, 2017 § Leave a comment

“Books are the mirrors of the soul.” – Virginia Woolf

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Dipper Preserve Sunset Main

Dipper Preserve

http://activerain.com/blogsview/4491513/a-mountain-or-a-sunset–view

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“Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.” – Orson Scott Card

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Pusch Peak, Linda Vista Trail

Pusch Peak, Linda Vista Trail

http://www.mywisconsinspace.com/2011/03/snowfall-on-pusch-peak-catalina-mountains-tucson-arizona/

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“Please, don’t torture me with cliches. If you’re going to try to intimidate me, have the courtesy to go away for a while, acquire a better education, improve your vocabulary, and come back with some fresh metaphors.” ― Dean Koontz

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Snow in Bear Canyon

Snow above Bear Canyon

http://www.geo.arizona.edu/edo/

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“Your job then, should you choose to accept it, is to keep searching for the metaphors, rituals and teachers that will help you move ever closer to divinity. The Yogic scriptures say that God responds to the sacred prayers and efforts of human beings in any way whatsoever that mortals choose to worship—just so long as those prayers are sincere.

I think you have every right to cherry-pick when it comes to moving your spirit and finding peace in God. I think you are free to search for any metaphor whatsoever which will take you across the worldly divide whenever you need to be transported or comforted. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. It’s the history of mankind’s search for holiness. If humanity never evolved in its exploration of the divine, a lot of us would still be worshipping golden Egyptian statues of cats. And this evolution of religious thinking does involve a fair bit of cherry-picking. You take whatever works from wherever you can find it, and you keep moving toward the light.

The Hopi Indians thought that the world’s religions each contained one spiritual thread, and that these threads are always seeking each other, wanting to join. When all the threads are finally woven together they will form a rope that will pull us out of this dark cycle of history and into the next realm. More contemporarily, the Dalai Lama has repeated the same idea, assuring his Western students repeatedly that they needn’t become Tibetan Buddhists in order to be his pupils. He welcomes them to take whatever ideas they like out of Tibetan Buddhism and integrate these ideas into their own religious practices. Even in the most unlikely and conservative of places, you can find sometimes this glimmering idea that God might be bigger than our limited religious doctrines have taught us. In 1954, Pope Pius XI, of all people, sent some Vatican delegates on a trip to Libya with these written instructions: “Do NOT think that you are going among Infidels. Muslims attain salvation, too. The ways of Providence are infinite.”

But doesn’t that make sense? That the infinite would be, indeed … infinite? That even the most holy amongst us would only be able to see scattered pieces of the eternal picture at any given time? And that maybe if we could collect those pieces and compare them, a story about God would begin to emerge that resembles and includes everyone? And isn’t our individual longing for transcendence all just part of this larger human search for divinity? Don’t we each have the right to not stop seeking until we get as close to the source of wonder as possible? Even if it means coming to India and kissing trees in the moonlight for a while?

That’s me in the corner, in other words. That’s me in the spotlight. Choosing my religion.”
Elizabeth Gilbert

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Table Mountain, Santa Catalina Mountains, Tucson, AZ

Table Mountain, Santa Catalina Mountains

https://visionarywild.com/workshops/vision-catalina-mountains-arizona/table-mountain-santa-catalina-mountains-tucson-az/

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“Every faith in the world is based on fabrication. That is the definition of faith―acceptance of that which we imagine to be true, that which we cannot prove. Every religion describes God through metaphor, allegory, and exaggeration, from the early Egyptians through modern Sunday school. Metaphors are a way to help our minds process the unprocessible. The problems arise when we begin to believe literally in our own metaphors.

Should we wave a flag and tell the Buddhists that we have proof the Buddha did not come from a lotus blossom? Or that Jesus was not born of a literal virgin birth? Those who truly understand their faiths understand the stories are metaphorical.”
Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code

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tucson-overview-desert-sunset-full

Tucson

http://www.pimaderm.com/Our-Practice

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“Mythology is not a lie, mythology is poetry, it is metaphorical. It has been well said that mythology is the penultimate truth–penultimate because the ultimate cannot be put into words. It is beyond words. Beyond images, beyond that bounding rim of the Buddhist Wheel of Becoming. Mythology pitches the mind beyond that rim, to what can be known but not told.” ― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

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honesty.

October 14, 2017 § Leave a comment

“You can’t lie to your soul.” – Irvine Welsh

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New-Mexico-Rio-Grande

Rio Grande

https://water-research.nmsu.edu/

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“We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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trust.

October 14, 2017 § Leave a comment

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

http://www.utahredrocks.com/p/gallery-canyonlands-national-park.html

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“Top 15 Things Money Can’t Buy
Time. Happiness. Inner Peace. Integrity. Love. Character. Manners. Health. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Common sense. Dignity.” – Roy T. Bennett

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downshift.

October 7, 2017 § Leave a comment

“if you keep interrupting your evening to check and respond to e-mail, or put aside a few hours after dinner to catch up on an approaching deadline, you’re robbing your directed attention centers of the uninterrupted rest they need for restoration. Even if these work dashes consume only a small amount of time, they prevent you from reaching the levels of deeper relaxation in which attention restoration can occur. Only the confidence that you’re done with work until the next day can convince your brain to downshift to the level where it can begin to recharge for the next day to follow. Put another way, trying to squeeze a little more work out of your evenings might reduce your effectiveness the next day enough that you end up getting less done than if you had instead respected a shutdown.” ― Cal Newport

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arizona fall

Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/arizona/az-fall-must-visit/

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poignant.

October 2, 2017 § Leave a comment

“If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold evermore wonders.” – Andrew Harvey

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Guffey-Cove-Spencer-McKee-OutThere-Colorado

Guffey Cove

http://www.outtherecolorado.com/13-weirdest-colorado-hikes/

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“The traveller gets out, walks up and down the platform, sees the vast slow flare and steaming of the mighty engine, rushes into the station, and looks into the faces of all the people passing with the same sense of instant familiarity, greeting, and farewell,–that lonely, strange, and poignantly wordless feeling that Americans know so well.” – Thomas Wolfe

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