What Inspires Me

As I have canoed through Ontario’s Provincial Parks I have come to realize that nature is not just beautiful she is wise. All of my work is inspired by the lessons I have learned in the wilderness. Nature is a great teacher but so are the many people who have lived and studied her. I am continually inspired by their words. Here are a few quotes that I love.

“But the old Lakota was wise. He knew that a man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans, too. So he kept his children close to nature’s softening influence.” ~ Chief Standing Bear

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“It might seem like we own the earth, and we certainly act that way, but I don’t believe we do. I think this lack of sensitivity towards that natural world is a result of our alienation from it. We don’t see, hear, or feel the land anymore. We only see it from the point of view of what we can do with it. We have become so totally committed to changing our environment that we have become oblivious to the fact that the world around us is a creation in itself – God’s creation.” – Bill Mason

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Simplicity in all things is the secret of the wilderness and one of its most valuable lessons. It is what we leave behind that is important. I think the matter of simplicity goes further than just food, equipment, and unnecessary gadgets; it goes into the matter of thoughts and objectives as well. When in the wilds, we must not carry our problems with us or the joy is lost.
Sigurd F. Olson

 

 

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“In its surrendering finds its continuing” Mariane Moore

 

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Among the hills, when you sit in the cool shade of the white poplars, sharing the peace and serenity of distant fields and meadows – then let your heart say in silence, “God rests in reason.”

And when the storm comes, and the mighty wind shakes the forest, and thunder and lightning proclaim the majesty of the sky, – then let your heart say in awe, “God moves in passion.”

And since you are a breath in God’s sphere, and a leaf in God’s forest, you too should rest in reason and move in passion.”
~ Kahlil Gibran ~

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Happily I recover.

Happily my interior becomes cool.
Happily I go forth.
My interior feeling cool, may I walk.
No longer sore, may I walk.
Impervious to pain, may I walk
With lively feelings, may I walk.
As it used to be long ago may I walk.
May it be beautiful before me.
May it be beautiful behind me.
May it be beautiful below me.
May it be beautiful above me.
May it be beautiful all around me.
In beauty it is finished.
~ A Navaho night chant ~

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“The press of my foot to the earth springs a hundred affections,

They scorn the best I can do to relate them.”

~Walt Whitman~
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