2011 August

follow the path, for it is your path. the one you chose, long ago. you may have fallen astray, though fear not, the way back is but merely a step aside.

Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.

- Rumi

A bit of pondering.. as to how I might describe it.. Lately, I’ve had remembrances of times when I did have the experience, though wonder what led me off the path. Was it to temporarily depart so I might find my way back again? Perhaps it’s a game I chose to play, though forgot about long enough so I could actually engage in the rules. I was just sitting outside at the park across the way.. I had a bit […]

biking to the bank to deposit the check carmax gave me for my civic

Freedom is not in transformation of the content. Freedom is in experiencing the content as it is.

- Sri Amma Bhagavan

To write is like a dance. Does one play or stay seated? Where does this come from? Does it matter? I am undefined. It is far easier to say that than try to explain it and tie the pieces together. Though, at times, the pieces come together quite perfectly, when one allows them to be. Yet, do the pieces matter, when all is the whole?

Forgive others. Forgiveness is the only way to heal your emotional wounds. Forgive those who hurt you no matter what they've done because you don't want to hurt yourself every time you remember what they did. When you can touch a wound and it doesn't hurt, then you know you have truly forgiven.

- don Miguel Ruiz

biking over at poplar creek forest preserve..

clouds passing by above my car at kenyon farm forest preserve..


Alan Watts – fear of enlightenment


Alan Watts On Drugs


Aldous Huxley – Doors of Perception


Alan Watts – Infinite Possibilities


Alan Watts on Human Consciousness

left bank at k station

Freedom is the basic concept and construct of life everywhere, because freedom is the basic nature of God. All systems which reduce, restrict, impinge upon, or eliminate freedom in any way are systems which work against life itself.

- Neale Donald Walsch

biked to the garage across from the townhome development here

For those of you who haven’t been following me on facebook or twitter, I’ve just uploaded over 3000 photos from 2006 to the site – check ’em out here: markmarano.com/2006/?tag=foto

For those of you who are following me, I apologize if you got bombarded with lots of status updates – I recently created an auto-ping function to notify social networks when new content gets added to the site here, and though I limit it to post 3 new photos per batch I upload, I was uploading quite a few batches the last few days! Anyhow, hope you all enjoy the images and perspectives they may lend..

2001 honda civic ex, 149227 miles when i sold to carmax

Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart, and that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more - more unseen forms become manifest to him.

- Jalal ad-Din Rumi

had a feeling there’d be some interesting light out.. and I almost didn’t go out to experience it! by the time I went out to see it, I felt it was too late to set up a ‘normal’ time-lapse and I had gotten a little tired of shooting so many of those lately.. I grabbed the 12mm lens and started shooting.. after experiencing the beautiful light for a while and taking shots in many directions, I felt inspired to put […]

Re-embrace the energy. You once had it. You once held it. You once cherished it. It is only lost should you choose it to be. Create it once again. Flourish. Thrive. Experience life to the fullest.

There is absolutely nothing in ordinary human experience to compare with the joy of the presence of the Love of God.

- Sir David Hawkins

riding the metra from chicago back to elgin

It is within that your bliss will be found. There you will remember once again Who You Are, and there you will experience once more that you have no need of anything exterior to yourself.

- Neale Donald Walsch

I see my life as an unfolding set of opportunities to awaken.

- Ram Dass

in response to a post by Matt Naskrent asking “I’m curious… What do you want? What do you REALLY want? What’s the BIG personal desire you want to manifest? If we were to talk on December 1st, and you were well on your way to creating what you REALLY want, what would it look like at that point?”, I write: freedom, god-realization, complete liberation beyond all words. a sense of being home. always present, a continuous unfolding. realizing perfection. … […]

The compassion we feel normally is biased and mixed with attachment. Genuine compassion flows towards all living beings, particularly your enemies. If I try to develop compassion towards my enemy, it may not benefit him directly, he may not even be aware of it. But it will immediately benefit me by calming my mind. On the other hand, if I dwell on how awful everything is, I immediately lose my peace of mind.

- Dalai Lama

biking up the trail from joe’s [turning around at a fallen tree]

They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price.

- Kahlil Gibran

To understand is to be. To know is to do. To live is to experience.

Just Be! – David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. – Heal Your Life

5 contemplations on All That Is.

THE REALITY OF THE SELF is ineffable—beyond the limitations of mental activity, words, and concepts. The gift of the sage, however, is to approximate a description of the ineffable with a profound elegance and clarity that affords the spiritual student a glimpse of Ultimate Reality.