Saturday, October 22, 2016

"Adventurers Are Studious..."

"Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from the wisdom literature and wise people. Everything - even mountains, rivers, plants and trees - should be your Teacher...".  M. Ueshiba

Thursday, October 20, 2016

"The Greatest Wonder..."

"The greatest wonder is that we can see these places and not wonder more...".   R.W. Emerson

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

"Mystery Creates Wonder..."

"Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand...".  N. Armstrong

Monday, October 17, 2016

"Mystery To Be Found..."

"Hidden in and under the mountain, and all around it, is a mystical, linear elegance, an atmosphere, the long jewel-like ridges. There is a meaning for us, an extended journey, a project of inspiration to which our minds will be apprenticed".
"The mountains... are an exultant image whose mirrors create the effect of endlessly receding planes. Their image is suddenly clear, then is blurred, an expression of our presence".
"The mountain... obscures itself among other mountains, finds secrecy in its weather and moods
There is a strangeness, one of a beautiful worth. A storm breaks. We are called to its prismatic, poetic mood, a beauty that pervades every part of us... for all that is given, and that we are blessed to know, and must leave hidden." P. Ament
Many life long mountaineers, like Ament, eventually journey to a waypoint where the mystery of their adventures' becomes as important as the places themselves.
Wild places, especially mountains, seem to inherently, yet subtly, invite us to search out the mystery to be found out there within these elements..... DSD   

"The Journey Beyond..."

"The acid test of a true adventurer, if presented with certain anonymity, is whether each of us would still have made the journey beyond the last blue mountain..." M. Clark

Sunday, October 16, 2016

"Just An Offering..."

"Having nothing to offer but broken pebbles, I have nevertheless tried to express myself with sincerity..."

Friday, October 14, 2016

"Ephemeral Connections..."

Remember, the last time you heard an eagle's voice. Those who have also heard the longing calls of a loon out over a northern lake know how moving this is as well. We who have listened intently to the haunting music grey wolves create in our forests and mountains, have felt so much within those meaningful moments too. When sea kayaking out near grey whales, or nearby orca's, these momentous experiences become unforgettable memories.
Who has stumbled upon the tracks of a wild animal, like a mountain ram, or those of a grizzly bear out among the high peaks, and has not known the wonder, the tingling, the impelling attention such a discovery invites within us all...
When we ponder the distinct significance of these moments, as we muse over the importance and symbolism within these lasting connections, we then discover such amazing meanings ...
We are all seeking so many things out there. Something reflecting our personal purpose, our individual insights, our own unique motives, These are enduring perceptions that affirm what is most moving for each of us.
It truly can be those ephemeral connections with the wild ones, our wild animal friends, that present exactly that kind of wonderful possibility. 
Then, when we share something of our intentions and commitments with them in turn, we begin to understand our most inner selves as well..... DSD 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

"A Never Ending Wonderful Journey..."

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others...".    Gandhi