connection.

February 7, 2017 § Leave a comment

“There is an odd synchronicity in the way parallel lives veer to touch one another, change direction, and then come close again and again until they connect and hold for whatever it was that fate intended to happen.” – Ann Rule

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Tordrillo Mountain Range

http://www.tordrillomountainlodge.com/facts-tordrillo-mountains/

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“From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that we are here for the sake of each other – above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of my fellow men, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.”   – Albert Einstein

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align.

February 4, 2017 § Leave a comment

“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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Carson National Forest

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/new-mexico-national-forest/

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“We need a home in the psychological sense as much as we need one in the physical: to compensate for a vulnerability. We need a refuge to shore up our states of mind, because so much of the world is opposed to our allegiances. We need our rooms to align us to desirable versions of ourselves and to keep alive the important, evanescent sides of us.” – Alain de Botton

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Jemez Falls in the Santa Fe National Forest

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/new-mexico-national-forest/

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“As long as we share our stories, as long as our stories reveal our strengths and vulnerabilities to each other, we reinvigorte our understanding and tolerance for the little quirks of personality that in other circumstances would drive us apart. When we live in a family, a community, a country where we know each other’s true stories, we remember our capacity to lean in and love each other into wholeness.

I have read the story of a tribe in southern Africa called the Babemba in which a person doing something wrong, something that destroys this delicate social net, brings all work in the village to a halt. The people gather around the “offender,” and one by one they begin to recite everything he has done right in his life: every good deed, thoughtful behavior, act of social responsibility. These things have to be true about the person, and spoken honestly, but the time-honored consequence of misbehavior is to appreciate that person back into the better part of himself. The person is given the chance to remember who he is and why he is important to the life of the village.

I want to live under such a practice of compassion. When I forget my place, when I lash out with some private wounding in a public way, I want to be remembered back into alignment with my self and my purpose. I want to live with the opportunity for reconciliation. When someone around me is thoughtless or cruel, I want to be given the chance to respond with a ritual that creates the possibility of reconnection. I want to live in a neighborhood where people don’t shoot first, don’t sue first, where people are Storycatchers willing to discover in strangers the mirror of themselves.”  – Christina Baldwin

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Carson NF

http://southernnewmexicoexplorer.blogspot.com/2012/07/rio-vallecitos.html

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“I have always been resistant to doctrine, and any spirituality I had experienced thus far in my life had been much more abstract and not aligned with any recognized religion. For me, the most trustworthy vehicle for spirituality had always proven to be music. It cannot be manipulated, or politicized, and when it is, that becomes immediately obvious.” – Eric Clapton

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Wheeler Peak Wilderness

http://www.stevehymon.com/GALLERIES/Landscapes-1/New-Mexico/i-bMXXbLK

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“We are contemporary citizens living in a technological world. Swimming in crosscultural waters can be dangerous, and if you are honest you can’t stay there very long. Sooner or later you have to look at your own reflection and decide what to do with yourself.
We are urban people. We make periodic pilgrimages to the country. . . . If we align ourselves with the spirit of place we will find humility fused with joy.
The land holds stories.” – Terry Tempest Williams

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Lincoln National Forest

http://carlsbadnewmexico.com/place/lincoln-national-forest/

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“The word “coherence” literally means holding or sticking together, but it is usually used to refer to a system, an idea, or a worldview whose parts fit together in a consistent and efficient way. Coherent things work well: A coherent worldview can explain almost anything, while an incoherent worldview is hobbled by internal contradictions. …

Whenever a system can be analyzed at multiple levels, a special kind of coherence occurs when the levels mesh and mutually interlock. We saw this cross-level coherence in the analysis of personality: If your lower-level traits match up with your coping mechanisms, which in turn are consistent with your life story, your personality is well integrated and you can get on with the business of living. When these levels do not cohere, you are likely to be torn by internal contradictions and neurotic conflicts. You might need adversity to knock yourself into alignment. And if you do achieve coherence, the moment when things come together may be one of the most profound of your life. … Finding coherence across levels feels like enlightenment, and it is crucial for answering the question of purpose within life.

People are multilevel systems in another way: We are physical objects (bodies and brains) from which minds somehow emerge; and from our minds, somehow societies and cultures form. To understand ourselves fully we must study all three levels—physical, psychological, and sociocultural. There has long been a division of academic labor: Biologists studied the brain as a physical object, psychologists studied the mind, and sociologists and anthropologists studied the socially constructed environments within which minds develop and function. But a division of labor is productive only when the tasks are coherent—when all lines of work eventually combine to make something greater than the sum of its parts. For much of the twentieth century that didn’t happen — each field ignored the others and focused on its own questions. But nowadays cross-disciplinary work is flourishing, spreading out from the middle level (psychology) along bridges (or perhaps ladders) down to the physical level (for example, the field of cognitive neuroscience) and up to the sociocultural level (for example, cultural psychology). The sciences are linking up, generating cross-level coherence, and, like magic, big new ideas are beginning to emerge.

Here is one of the most profound ideas to come from the ongoing synthesis: People gain a sense of meaning when their lives cohere across the three levels of their existence.”
Jonathan Haidt, The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

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Gila National Forest

http://www.sierrablancaoutfitters.com/public-land-hunts/

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“Relationships are steppingstones for the evolution of our consciousness. Each interaction we have, be it one of joy or contrast, allows us to learn more about who we are and what we want in this lifetime. They bring us into greater alignment…as long as we continue to move forward and do not get attached to hurt, anger, or being a victim.” – Alaric Hutchinson

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ease.

January 31, 2017 § Leave a comment

“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”- Abraham Lincoln

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http://www.desertusa.com/anza_borrego/du-abpmain.html

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“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

http://www.visitcalifornia.com/destination/spotlight-anza-borrego-desert-state-park

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“There is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.”- Winston Churchill

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http://www.californiabeaches.com/attraction/anza-borrego-desert-state-park/

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“Journeys are the midwives of thought. Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than a moving plane, ship or train. There is an almost quaint correlation between what is in front of our eyes and the thoughts we are able to have in our heads: large thoughts at times requiring large views, new thoughts new places. Introspective reflections which are liable to stall are helped along by the flow of the landscape. The mind may be reluctant to think properly when thinking is all it is supposed to do.

At the end of hours of train-dreaming, we may feel we have been returned to ourselves – that is, brought back into contact with emotions and ideas of importance to us. It is not necessarily at home that we best encounter our true selves. The furniture insists that we cannot change because it does not; the domestice setting keeps us tethered to the person we are in ordinary life, but who may not be who we essentially are.

If we find poetry in the service station and motel, if we are drawn to the airport or train carriage, it is perhaps because, in spite of their architectural compromises and discomforts, in spite of their garish colours and harsh lighting, we implicitly feel that these isolated places offer us a material setting for an alternative to the selfish ease, the habits and confinement of the ordinary, rooted world.” – Alain de Botton

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Borrego Badlands

http://chimes.biola.edu/story/2013/mar/22/anza-borrego-desert-state-park/

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“People who dream when they sleep at night know of a special kind of happiness which the world of the day holds not, a placid ecstasy, and ease of heart, that are like honey on the tongue. They also know that the real glory of dreams lies in their atmosphere of unlimited freedom. It is not the freedom of the dictator, who enforces his own will on the world, but the freedom of the artist, who has no will, who is free of will. The pleasure of the true dreamer does not lie in the substance of the dream, but in this: that there things happen without any interference from his side, and altogether outside his control. Great landscapes create themselves, long splendid views, rich and delicate colours, roads, houses, which he has never seen or heard of…” – Karen Blixen

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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“There’s power in the touch of another person’s hand. We acknowledge it in little ways, all the time. There’s a reason human beings shake hands, hold hands, slap hands, bump hands.

“It comes from our very earliest memories, when we all come into the world blinded by light and color, deafened by riotous sound, flailing in a suddenly cavernous space without any way of orienting ourselves, shuddering with cold, emptied with hunger, and justifiably frightened and confused. And what changes that first horror, that original state of terror?

“The touch of another person’s hands.

“Hands that wrap us in warmth, that hold us close. Hands that guide us to shelter, to comfort, to food. Hands that hold and touch and reassure us through our very first crisis, and guide us into our very first shelter from pain. The first thing we ever learn is that the touch of someone else’s hand can ease pain and make things better.

“That’s power. That’s power so fundamental that most people never even realize it exists.” – Jim Butcher

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fire.

January 29, 2017 § Leave a comment

“A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” ― Madeleine L’Engle

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Indian Hills NV

http://elevation.maplogs.com/poi/indian_hills_nv_usa.93409.html

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“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” – Edith Sitwell

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Basin Mountain

http://www.summitpost.org/basin-mountain-at-dusk/483528

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“Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can’t strike them all by ourselves” ― Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate

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“behind the mask of ice that people wear, there beats a heart of fire.”
Paulo Coelho, Warrior of the Light

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woman.

January 27, 2017 § 2 Comments

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

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Feather river

https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/fishing/inland/trout-waters

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“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”
Albert Einstein

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Smith river

http://campphoto.zenfolio.com/p1021872657/h53f0af9c#h53f0af9c

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“When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”
Diane Von Furstenberg

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Six Rivers National Forest

http://stateofwilderness.com/2012/07/15/gc1aa06-the-crown-jewel-the-unforgettable-smith-river/

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“I have not lived as a woman. I have lived as a man. I’ve just done what I damn well wanted to, and I’ve made enough money to support myself, and ain’t afraid of being alone.” ― Katharine Hepburn

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Smith River

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“It is worse to stay where one does not belong at all than to wander about lost for a while and looking for the psychic and soulful kinship one requires” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

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luminous.

January 25, 2017 § Leave a comment

“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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Moran Point

Very cool 360 degrees: http://www.darkskywest.com/arizona-moran-point-grand-canyon-and-the-dark.htm

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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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Lomaki Pueblo

Very cool 360 degrees:

http://www.darkskywest.com/arizona-lomaki-pueblo-wupatki-nm-dark-sky-and.htm

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“There are some works so luminous that they fill us with shame for the meager life to which we are resigned, that they implore us to lead another, wiser, fuller life; works 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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http://inspiredrd.com/2015/08/night-sky/

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“True freedom is when all the stories, all the insights, all the realizations, concepts, beliefs and positions dissolve. What remains is what you are; a vast, conscious, luminous space simply resting in itself, not knowing a thing, at the point where all things are possible.” – Enza Vita

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Capitol Reef

http://darksky.org/rediscovering-the-night-sky-in-middle-age/

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“He tracks the rise and fall of the glittering darkness thronged with specks and tendrils of luminous secrets. Falling stars crackle in the cold air and prickle his skin. They flash in the corner of his vision where the eye’s discernment of light and shadow is most acute.” – John Pipkin

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Oracle State Park

http://ida.darksky.org/nightskyconservation/428

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“Life is a collection of a million tiny little moments and choices, like a handful of luminous pearls. Strung together, lined up through the days and the years, they make a life. It takes so much time, and so much work, and those beads and moments are so small, and so much less fabulous and dramatic than the movies. The Heisman Trophy winner knows this. He knows that his big moment was not when they gave him the trophy. It was the thousand times he went to practice instead of going back to bed. It was the miles run on rainy days, the healthy meals when a burger sounded like heaven. That big moment represented and rested on a foundation of moments that had come before it.”- Shauna Niequist.

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https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/arizona-night-sky/

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“Wherever you go and whatever you do, take care to leave only luminous imprints behind you. You are walking or driving down a road: bless that road and ask that all those who pass that way may receive peace and light and be led onto the right path. Why be content to live unconsciously and record nothing but dirt and disorder? Why not try to work like the sun which ceaselessly impregnates the universe with its light and warmth, its life and generosity? Try not” ― Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

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https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/northern-arizona-night-sky/

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“To speak about this universal force that will lead us beyond on the last horizon of our known self toward a wiser, more loving, more luminous states of being, we do not need to invent a new language. But we do need to listen to the old, the ancient one, not with our jaded minds, but with our awakened souls.”
Arianna Huffington, Fourth Instinct: The Call of the Soul

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quality.

January 18, 2017 § Leave a comment

“I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.” – Roger Ebert

 

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Paradox Basin SE Utah

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/southeast-utah/

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“The quality of any advice anybody has to offer has to be judged against the quality of life they actually lead.”Douglas Adams

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http://www.trucktrend.com/features/travel/0701dp-southeast-utah/photo-gallery/#photo-01

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“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.” – David W. Orr

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upper Comb Ridge

http://earthly-musings.blogspot.com/2011/10/fall-trip-to-southeast-utah.html

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“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.” – Sidney Sheldon

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Comb wash

https://southwestdesertlover.wordpress.com/tag/southeast-utah/

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“Dignity will only happen when you realize that having someone in your life doesn’t validate your worth.” – Shannon Alder

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southeast Utah

http://ksjd.org/post/bishop-public-lands-bill-southeast-utah#stream/0

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“If you try to avoid or remove the awkward quality, it will pursue you. The only effective way to still its unease is to transfigure it, to let it become something creative and positive that contributes to who you are.
Nietzche said that one of the best days in his life was the day when he rebaptized all his negative qualities as his best qualities. Rather than banishing what is at first glimpse unwelcome, you bring it home to unity with your life…..One of your sacred duties is to exercise kindness toward them. In a sense, you are called to be a loving parent to your delinquent qualities” ― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

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southeast Utah

http://www.airphotona.com/image.asp?imageid=120

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“We all have a thirst for wonder. It’s a deeply human quality. Science and religion are both bound up with it. What I’m saying is, you don’t have to make stories up, you don’t have to exaggerate. There’s wonder and awe enough in the real world. Nature’s a lot better at inventing wonders than we are.” – Carl Sagan

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