mystery.

April 15, 2019 § Leave a comment

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”
Mark Twain

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Salt River Canyon from US 60

Salt River Canyon from US 60

https://www.thearmchairexplorer.com/arizona/index

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“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day.

—”Old Man’s Advice to Youth: ‘Never Lose a Holy Curiosity.'” LIFE Magazine (2 May 1955) p. 64” ― Albert Einstein

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Salt River

Salt River Tubing to open early, celebrates 35 years

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“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.” ― Anais Nin

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Navajo County

https://tjsgardendotcom1.wordpress.com/2017/07/27/arizona-traveling-navajo-county-mogollon-rim/

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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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Salt River Canyon

Salt River Canyon

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“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” ― Henry David Thoreau
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someone.

April 14, 2019 § Leave a comment

 

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“Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option.”
Mark Twain

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Invisibility.

April 7, 2019 § Leave a comment

“Power, time, gravity, love. The forces that really kick ass are all invisible.”― David Mitchell

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Huge Horseshoe Canyon's Grand Gallery Canyonlands NP Utah
Great Gallery
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“What I’ve come to learn is that the world is never saved in grand messianic gestures, but in the simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of compassion.” ― Chris Abani

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Part of the Great Gallery of Barrier Canyon style Rock art
Part of the Great Gallery of Barrier Canyon style Rock art
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“How I go to the woods

Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single
friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore
unsuitable.

I don’t really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds
or hugging the old black oak tree. I have my way of
praying, as you no doubt have yours.

Besides, when I am alone I can become invisible. I can sit
on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds,
until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost
unhearable sound of the roses singing.

If you have ever gone to the woods with me, I must love
you very much.” ― Mary Oliver

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Sego Canyon 01 2014
Sego Canyon
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“Sometimes the heart sees what’s invisible to the eye.” ― Tennyson

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Nine Mile Canyon
Nine Mile Canyon
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“Love is a wonderful gift. It’s a present so precious words can barely begin to describe it. Love is a feeling, the deepest and sweetest of all. It’s incredibly strong and amazingly gentle at the very same time. It is a blessing that should be counted every day. It is nourishment for the soul. It is devotion, constantly letting each person know how supportive it’s certainty can be. Love is a heart filled with affection for the most important person in your life. Love is looking at the special someone who makes your world go around and absolutely loving what you see. Love gives meaning to one’s world and magic to a million hopes and dreams. It makes the morning shine more brightly and each season seem like it’s the nicest one anyone ever had. Love is an invaluable bond that enriches every good thing in life. It gives each hug a tenderness, each heart a happiness, each spirit a steady lift. Love is an invisible connection that is exquisitely felt by those who know the joy, feel the warmth, share the sweetness, and celebrate the gift” ― Douglas Pagels

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Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
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“Closing The Cycle

One always has to know when a stage comes to an end. If we insist on staying longer than the necessary time, we lose the happiness and the meaning of the other stages we have to go through. Closing cycles, shutting doors, ending chapters – whatever name we give it, what matters is to leave in the past the moments of life that have finished.

Did you lose your job? Has a loving relationship come to an end? Did you leave your parents’ house? Gone to live abroad? Has a long-lasting friendship ended all of a sudden?

You can spend a long time wondering why this has happened. You can tell yourself you won’t take another step until you find out why certain things that were so important and so solid in your life have turned into dust, just like that. But such an attitude will be awfully stressing for everyone involved: your parents, your husband or wife, your friends, your children, your sister, everyone will be finishing chapters, turning over new leaves, getting on with life, and they will all feel bad seeing you at a standstill.

None of us can be in the present and the past at the same time, not even when we try to understand the things that happen to us. What has passed will not return: we cannot for ever be children, late adolescents, sons that feel guilt or rancor towards our parents, lovers who day and night relive an affair with someone who has gone away and has not the least intention of coming back.

Things pass, and the best we can do is to let them really go away. That is why it is so important (however painful it may be!) to destroy souvenirs, move, give lots of things away to orphanages, sell or donate the books you have at home. Everything in this visible world is a manifestation of the invisible world, of what is going on in our hearts – and getting rid of certain memories also means making some room for other memories to take their place.

Let things go. Release them. Detach yourself from them. Nobody plays this life with marked cards, so sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. Do not expect anything in return, do not expect your efforts to be appreciated, your genius to be discovered, your love to be understood. Stop turning on your emotional television to watch the same program over and over again, the one that shows how much you suffered from a certain loss: that is only poisoning you, nothing else.

Nothing is more dangerous than not accepting love relationships that are broken off, work that is promised but there is no starting date, decisions that are always put off waiting for the “ideal moment.” Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished: tell yourself that what has passed will never come back. Remember that there was a time when you could live without that thing or that person – nothing is irreplaceable, a habit is not a need. This may sound so obvious, it may even be difficult, but it is very important.

Closing cycles. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because that no longer fits your life. Shut the door, change the record, clean the house, shake off the dust. Stop being who you were, and change into who you are.” ― Paulo Coelho

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Buckhorn Draw Pictograph Panel, San Rafael Swell
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“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.” ― Henry David Thoreau

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Skeleton Shaman pictograph
Skeleton Shaman
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“Beannacht / Blessing

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.
And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green,
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.” ― John O’Donohue

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Horseshoe Canyon
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“One of the penalties of an ecological education is that one lives alone in a world of wounds. Much of the damage inflicted on land is quite invisible to laymen. An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the marks of death in a community that believes itself well and does not want to be told otherwise.” ― Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

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Holy Ghost
Holy Ghost
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“The purpose of poetry is to remind us
how difficult it is to remain just one person,
for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors,
and invisible guests come in and out at will.” ― Czeslaw Milosz

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geography.

March 17, 2019 § Leave a comment

“Since the only real geography is consciousness, it is not where we are but what we have become that makes the difference.” – P.M.H.Atwater

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Lost Dutchman State Park

https://azstateparks.com/lost-dutchman/

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“Your soul knows the geography of your destiny. Your soul alone has the map of your future, therefore you can trust this indirect, oblique side of yourself. If you do, it will take you where you need to go, but more important it will teach you a kindness of rhythm in your journey.” ― John O’Donohue

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apache-junction-view

near Apache Junction

http://www.americansouthwest.net/arizona/superstition-mountains/

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“There is an internal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives. Those who are lucky enough to find it ease like water over a stone, onto its fluid contours, and are home. Some find it in the place of their birth; others may leave a seaside town, parched, and find themselves refreshed in the desert. There are those born in rolling countryside who are really only at ease in the intense and busy loneliness of the city. For some, the search is for the imprint of another; a child or a mother, a grandfather or a brother, a lover, a husband, a wife, or a foe. We may go through our lives happy or unhappy, successful or unfulfilled, loved or unloved, without ever standing cold with the shock of recognition, without ever feeling the agony as the twisted iron in our soul unlocks itself and we slip at last into place.” ― Josephine Hart

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Sedona-mountains-(Arizona,-USA)

http://miriadna.com/preview/sedona-mountains-(arizona,-usa)

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“True hospitality is marked by an open response to the dignity of each and every person. Henri Nouwen has described it as receiving the stranger on his own terms, and asserts that it can be offered only by those who ‘have found the center of their lives in their own hearts’.” ― Kathleen Norris, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography

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library.

March 1, 2019 § Leave a comment

“My library was — all libraries are — a place of ultimate refuge, a wild and sacred space where meanings are manageable precisely because they aren’t binding; and where illusion is comfortingly real.” ― André Brink

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Gavilan-Trail-NM

Gavilan-Trail-NM

https://matadornetwork.com/trips/8-of-new-mexicos-most-spectacular-hikes/

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“To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books.” ― Dan Brown

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Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico

https://www.mygrandcanyonpark.com/road-trips/road-trip-stops/new-mexico-road-trip-stops

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“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”
Albert Einstein

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Zuni Pueblo

Zuni Pueblo

http://www.city-data.com/picfilesc/picc58886.php

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“When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began.” ― Rita Mae Brown

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Zuni Cliff Dwellings near Ramah

https://www.tripsavvy.com/visiting-zuni-pueblo-new-mexico-1652655

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“Books permit us to voyage through time, to tap the wisdom of our ancestors. The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.” ― Carl Sagan
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hope.

February 18, 2019 § Leave a comment

“Someone is listening. Someone is talking to you, encouraging you to take that next step as you embrace the Mystery of the wilderness within.  Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect to have your prayers answered in wondrous ways.  The dry seasons of life do not last. The spring rains will come again.”   – Sarah Ban Breathnach

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Salt River Canyon & route 77

Salt River Canyon & route 77

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“Some things don’t last forever, but some things do. Like a good song, or a good book, or a good memory you can take out and unfold in your darkest times, pressing down on the corners and peering in close, hoping you still recognize the person you see there.”
Sarah Dessen

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Highway 77 near Globe

Highway 77 near Globe

https://azcoproperties.com/propertyInfo/Mile156-S-Highway77-Route-Globe-AZ-85501-5495176.html

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“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.” ― Barbara Kingsolver

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Fool’s Loop

http://www.bikepacking.com/routes/fools-loop-arizona/

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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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Route 66
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“To me the purpose of art is to produce something alive…but with a separate, and of course one hopes, with an everlasting life of its own.” ― Henry Green
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choose.

February 17, 2019 § Leave a comment

“Learning to choose is hard. Learning to choose well is harder. And learning to choose well in a world of unlimited possibilities is harder still, perhaps too hard.” – Barry Schwartz

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beneath the Mogollon Rim

beneath the Mogollon Rim

https://www.arizonahighways.com/explore/scenic-drives/control-road

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“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Viktor E. Frankl

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Tonto National Forest

http://christophercreekrealestate.com/idx/7C-Walnut-Drive-Pine-AZ-85544-mls_78147/?pg=105&OrderBy=-ModificationTimestamp&p=y&n=y

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“From the backstabbing co-worker to the meddling sister-in-law, you are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life. You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead. Take control and choose to focus on what is important in your life. Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life.” ― Anais Nin

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Sabino Canyon Trail

Sabino Canyon Trail

https://www.arizonahighways.com/explore/hiking/sabino-canyon-trail

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“I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view my life.” ― Paulo Coelho

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route 87 to payson az

route 87 to payson az

http://www.bruceboyce.com/ShowLowMiami.html

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“TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” ― Howard Zinn

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Isolation Canyon

Isolation Canyon

https://www.mountainproject.com/photo/112918162/looking-north-from-isolation-canyons-main-wall-to-pine-az

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“There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how I’m going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life-whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert

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elk feeding in Pine

elk feeding in Pine

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“Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” ― Dalai Lama XIV

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Near Tonto National Monument

near Tonto National Monument

https://www.trover.com/d/uk4T-near-tonto-national-monument-pine-arizona

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“While money can’t buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery.”
Groucho Marx

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Pine AZ

http://lifeinleggings.com/travel/hiking-and-cabin-ing-in-pine-arizona/

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“Besides, the world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” ― J.K. Rowling

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Pine AZ

https://www.pinestrawhs.org/

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“Love is the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth… Love is as love does. Love is an act of will — namely, both an intention and an action. Will also implies choice. We do not have to love. We choose to love.”
M. Scott Peck

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