time.

March 28, 2018 § Leave a comment

“All those crazy nights when I cried myself to sleep

Now melodrama never makes me weep anymore
’cause I haven’t got time for the pain
I haven’t got room for the pain
I haven’t the need for the pain
Not since I’ve known you
You showed me how, how to leave myself behind
How to turn down the noise in my mind
Now I haven’t got time for the pain
I haven’t got room for the pain
I haven’t the need for the pain
Not since I’ve known you
Suffering was the only thing that made me feel I was alive
Though that’s just how much it cost to survive in this world
’til you showed me how, how to fill my heart with love
How to open up and drink in all that white light
Pouring down from the heaven
I haven’t got time for the pain
I haven’t got room for the pain
I haven’t the need for the pain
Not since I’ve known you” – Carly Simon
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mask.

March 26, 2018 § Leave a comment

“What is it about masks and loneliness?The obvious answer is that they offer relief from exposure, from the burden of being seen….To refuse scrutiny is to dodge the possibility of rejection, though also the possibility of acceptance, the balm of love.” – Olivia Laing

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Mesa Verde NP

http://www.stateparks.com/mesa_verde_national_park_in_colorado.html

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“The irony of life is that those who wear masks often tell us more truths than those with open faces.” ― Marie Lu

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Sand Canyon Trail

https://www.uncovercolorado.com/canyons-ancients-sand-canyon/

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“Vulnerability is the only authentic state. Being vulnerable means being open, for wounding, but also for pleasure. Being open to the wounds of life means also being open to the bounty and beauty. Don’t mask or deny your vulnerability: it is your greatest asset. Be vulnerable: quake and shake in your boots with it. the new goodness that is coming to you, in the form of people, situations, and things can only come to you when you are vulnerable, i.e. open.” ― Stephen Russell

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Chimney Rock, an abrupt butte, juts skyward near Cortez

Chimney Rock

https://www.colorado.com/chimney-rock-abrupt-butte-juts-skyward-near-cortez

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“The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere. That is why so much of social life is exhausting; one is wearing a mask. I have shed my mask.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

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interior.

March 25, 2018 § Leave a comment

“Our real journey in life in interior.” – Thomas Merton

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Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park

Margerie Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park

http://www.roamingaroundtheworld.com/glacier-bay-national-park-alaska-cruise-holland-america-volendam/

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“If we become addicted to the external, our interiority will haunt us. We will become hungry with a hunger no image, person, or deed can still. To be wholesome, we must remain truthful to our vulnerable complexity. In order to keep our balance, we need to hold the interior and exterior, visible and invisible, known and unknown, temporal and eternal, ancient and new, together. No one else can undertake this task for you. You are the one and only threshold of an inner world. This wholesomeness is holiness. To be holy is to be natural, to befriend the worlds that come to balance in you.”
John O’Donohue

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Malaspina Glacier

https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=3421

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“As soon as we are alone,…inner chaos opens up in us. This chaos can be so disturbing and so confusing that we can hardly wait to get busy again. Entering a private room and shutting the door, therefore, does not mean that we immediately shut out all our inner doubts, anxieties, fears, bad memories, unresolved conflicts, angry feelings and impulsive desires. On the contrary, when we have removed our outer distraction, we often find that our inner distraction manifest themselves to us in full force. We often use the outer distractions to shield ourselves from the interior noises. This makes the discipline of solitude all the more important.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen

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Denali National Park

https://travels.kilroy.net/destinations/north-america/usa/alaska

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“Books have always been my escape – where I go to bury my nose, hone my senses, or play the emotional tourist in a world of my own choosing… Words are my best expressive tool, my favorite shield, my point of entry…When I was growing up, books took me away from my life to a solitary place that didn’t feel lonely. They celebrated the outcasts, people who sat on the margins of society contemplating their interiors. . . Books were my cure for a romanticized unhappiness, for the anxiety of impending adulthood. They were all mine, private islands with secret passwords only the worthy could utter. If I could choose my favorite day, my favorite moment in some perfect dreamscape, I know exactly where I would be: stretched out in bed in the afternoon, knowing that the kids are taking a nap and I’ve got two more chapters left of some heartbreaking novel, the kind that messes you up for a week.” ― Jodie Foster

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Kenai Fjords National Park

Kenai Fjords National Park

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/north-america/united-states/articles/Americas-20-best-national-parks/

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“I want what we all want,” said Carl. “To move certain parts of the interior of myself into the exterior world, to see if they can be embraced.”
Jonathan Lethem

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Barnard Glacier

https://www.wrangellmountainair.com/alaska-flightseeing-tours

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“Tears of grief are unique. They contain chemicals that aren’t found in the more mundane droplets of moisture that bathe the eyes, as if our tears wash us free of some noxious cause of sorrow. And tonight, after crying until I am empty, I have a rare glimpse of my own interior landscape – wounds piled like tiny skeletons into the reef of conscious adult life. I am aground amid my conquered traumas, stranded as a consequence of my achievements.” ― Carol Cassella

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Mount McKinley

https://www.npr.org/2015/08/31/436377429/obama-to-rename-north-americas-tallest-mountain-in-alaska

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“Sometimes you only get one chance at something. Sometimes that’s a good thing too. When that door slams shut on the thing you couldn’t live without, what happens next is when the read education begins. You have to figure out how to make some peace with it all, how to have an interior life you can live with. Digging down deep is really never a bad thing in the end, but it will flat-out kick your ass while it’s happening.”
Amanda Kyle Williams

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assume.

March 18, 2018 § Leave a comment

“We never know the quality of someone else’s life, though we seldom resist the temptation to assume and pass judgement.” – Tami Hoag

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Canyonlands

https://www.allmoab.com/canyonlands_national_park/

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“For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in this marvelous desert, in this marvelous time. I want to convince you that you must learn to make every act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it.”
Carlos Castaneda

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CANYONLANDS NP

Canyonlands NP

https://www.frommers.com/slideshows/776158-experience-canyonlands-national-park

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“Gods, religions and national boundaries are absolutely imaginary. They don’t tend to exist. As soon as you pull back half a mile and look down at the Earth there are no national boundaries. There aren’t even national boundaries when you get down and walk around. They’re just imaginary lines we draw on maps. I just get fascinated by people who assume that things that are imaginary have no relevance to their lives.”
Neil Gaiman

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canyonlands

Canyonlands NP

https://utah.com/canyonlands-national-park

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“People around you, constantly under the pull of their emotions, change their ideas by the day or by the hour, depending on their mood. You must never assume that what people say or do in a particular moment is a statement of their permanent desires.”
Robert Greene

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Canyonlands National Park

https://www.national-park.com/welcome-to-canyonlands-national-park/

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“Assume nothing. Even if you think you know everything. Even if you’re sure that you’re right. Get confirmation. That whole “ass” cliché about assuming? It’s right on the money. And if you’re not careful, it could end up costing you the best thing that’s ever going to happen to you.
And another thing—don’t get too comfortable. Take chances. Don’t be afraid to lay it on the line. Even if you’re happy. Even if you think life is happy. Even if you think life is freaking perfect” ― Emma Chase

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light.

March 15, 2018 § Leave a comment

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” ― Maya Angelou

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http://www.sedonahikingtrails.com/midgley-bridge-huckaby-trail.htm

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“Claim your space. Draw a circle of light around it. Push back against the dark. Don’t just survive. Celebrate.” – Charles Frazier

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Oak Creek

https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g31352-d105473-i38229267-Oak_Creek_Canyon-Sedona_Arizona.html

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“Sometimes your light shines so bright that it blinds people from seeing who you really are.” ― Shannon L. Alder

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Oak Creek Canyon

https://www.allsedona.com/canyons/oak_creek_canyon.php

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“The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. Children, of course, begin life with an untarnished sense of wonder, a capacity to experience total joy at something as simple as the greenness of a leaf; but as they grow older, the awareness of death and decay begins to impinge on their consciousness and subtly erode their joie de vivre, their idealism – and their assumption of immortality. As a child matures, he sees death and pain everywhere about him, and begins to lose faith in the ultimate goodness of man. But, if he’s reasonably strong – and lucky – he can emerge from this twilight of the soul into a rebirth of life’s elan. Both because of and in spite of his awareness of the meaninglessness of life, he can forge a fresh sense of purpose and affirmation. He may not recapture the same pure sense of wonder he was born with, but he can shape something far more enduring and sustaining. The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death – however mutable man may be able to make them – our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” ― Stanley Kubrick

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Oak Creek Canyon

https://www.arizonahighways.com/explore/scenic-drives/oak-creek-canyon

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“If you try to view yourself through the lenses that others offer you, all you will see are distortions; your own light and beauty will become blurred, awkward, and ugly. Your sense of inner beauty has to remain a very private thing.” ― John O’Donohue

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luminous.

March 12, 2018 § Leave a comment

“There are some works so luminous…so powerful that they give us strength, and force us to new undertakings. A book can play this role.” ― Hervé Le Tellier

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Night Sky Colorado river GC

Night Sky Colorado river GC

https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/grand-adventure/

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“That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality–your soul, if you will–is as bright and shining as any that has ever been….Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place. Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly.” – George Saunders

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GC night sky

GC night sky

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“Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semitransparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end.” ― Virginia Woolf

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Milky Way GC

Milky Way GC

https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/nature/night-skies.htm

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“High-luminosity stars are the rarest. In any given volume of space, they’re outnumbered by the low-luminosity stars a thousand to one. It’s the prodigious energy output of high-luminosity stars that enables you to see them across such large volumes of space.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson

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El Tovar

El Tovar

https://www.trover.com/d/VkcP-el-tovar-hotel-grand-canyon-village-arizona

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“Great works of art in all cultures succeed in capturing within the constraints of their form both the pathos of anguish and a vision of its resolution. Take, for example, the languorous sentences of Proust or the haiku of Basho, the late quartets and sonatas of Beethoven, the tragicomic brushwork of Sengai or the daunting canvases of Rothko, the luminous self-portraits of Rembrandt and Hakuin. Such works achieve their resolution not through consoling or romantic images whereby anguish is transcended. They accept anguish without being overwhelmed by it. They reveal anguish as that which gives beauty its dignity and depth.” ― Stephen Batchelor

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GC Milky Way

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“To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself…Anybody can have ideas–the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph.” ― Mark Twain

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2018 Grand Canyon Star Party

2018 Grand Canyon Star Party

https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/grand-canyon-star-party.htm

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“From mirror to mirror — this is what I happen to dream of — the totality of things, the whole, the entire universe, divine wisdom could concentrate their luminous rays into a single mirror. Or perhaps the knowledge of everything is buried in the soul, and a system of mirrors that would multiply my image would then reveal to me the soul of the universe, which is hidden in mine.” ― Italo Calvino

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Grand Canyon

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“The beauty you have on the inside is ten times more luminous than the world could handle seeing on the outside. We’d all be blind in an instant” ― Catherine Gayle

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synchronicity.

March 8, 2018 § Leave a comment

“How long does it take for your soul to recognize that your life is full? The slower the living, the greater the sense of fullness and satisfaction. The body and soul can synchronize. ” – Ann Voskamp

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Part of the Great Gallery of Barrier Canyon style

Part of the Great Gallery of Barrier Canyon

https://archaeology-travel.com/travel-reports/holy-ghosts-in-horseshoe-canyon-utah/

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“You know those moments when everything is exactly the way it was meant to be? When you find yourself and your entire universe aligning in perfect synchronization, and you know you couldn’t possibly be more content? I was inside that very moment, and fully conscious of it.” – Alice Clayton

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Sego Canyon

http://utahpetrographs.blogspot.com/2014/04/sego-canyon-rock-art.html

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“I’m at my strongest when I’m able to let go, when I suspend my beliefs as well as disbeliefs, and leave myself open to all possibilities. That also seems to be when I’m able to experience the most internal clarity and synchronicities.” – Anita Moorjani

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Horseshoe Canyon

https://archaeology-travel.com/travel-reports/holy-ghosts-in-horseshoe-canyon-utah/

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“As soon as we notice that certain types of event “like” to cluster together at certain times, we begin to understand the attitude of the Chinese, whose theories of medicine, philosophy, and even building are based on a “science” of meaningful coincidences. The classical Chinese texts did not ask what causes what, but rather what “likes” to occur with what.” ― M.L. von Franz

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