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“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rings

December 26, 2012

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“May the Sun bring you new energy by day. May the Moon softly restore you by night. May the Rain wash away your worries. May the Breeze blow new strength into your being. May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.” —Apache Blessing

The Ceremony

December 26, 2012

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“Oh, Great Spirit
Whose voice I hear in the winds,
And whose breath gives life to all the world,
hear me, I am small and weak,
I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold
the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have
made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand the things
you have taught my people.
Let me learn the lessons you have
hidden in every leaf and rock.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,
but to fight my greatest enemy – myself.
Make me always ready to come to you
with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset,
my Spirit may come to you without shame.”
–(translated by Lakota Sioux Chief Yellow Lark in 1887)

Mr. and Mrs. Meyer

December 26, 2012

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“Before we met, you and I were halves unjoined except in the wide

rivers of our minds.  We were each other’s distant shore, the

opposite wings of a bird, the other half of a seashell.  We did not

know the other then, did not know our determination to keep alive

the cry of one riverbank to the other.  We were apart, yet connected

in our ignorance of each other, like two apples sharing a common

tree.  Remember?

I knew you existed long before you understood my desire to join my

freedom to yours.  Our paths collided long enough for our indecision

to be swallowed up by the greater need of love.  When you came to me,

the sun surged towards the earth and moon escaped from darkness to

bless the union of two spirits, so alike that the creator had designed them

for life’s endless circle.  Beloved partner, keeper of my heart’s odd secrets,

clothed in summer blossoms so the icy hand of winter never touches us.

I thank your patience.  Our joining is like a tree to earth,

a cloud to sky and even more.  We are the reason the world can laugh

on its battlefields and rise from the ashes of its selfishness to hear me say,

in this time, this place, this way – I loved you best of all.”   –Pueblo Indian Reading

Native Heart

December 25, 2012

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“There is a road in the hearts of all of us, hidden and seldom traveled,
which leads to an unknown, secret place.
The old people came literally to love the soil,
and they sat or reclined on the ground with a feeling of
being close to a mothering power.
Their teepees were built upon the earth
and their altars were made of earth.
The soul was soothing, strengthening, cleansing and healing.
That is why the old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of
propping himself up and away from its life giving forces.
For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply
and to feel more keenly. He can see more clearly into the mysteries of
life and come closer in kinship to other lives about him.”
— Chief Luther Standing Bear

Snow Hike

December 23, 2012

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“It’s good to be around people who love you for who you are.”
―Justin Cotillard

 

Father and Son

December 22, 2012

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"Then there is the other secret. There isn’t any symbolism [sic]. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The shark are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know."
— Ernest Hemingway

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“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness”
― Charles H. Spurgeon

Driving to Bend

December 21, 2012

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"Most people were heartless about turtles because a turtle’s heart will beat for hours after it has been cut up and butchered. But the old man thought, I have such a heart too."
— Ernest Hemingway