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It is truly beautiful to see the world as it is. Today, just a bit earlier, I had a moment of clarity. I felt more present in the moment, and was able to see details of the world around me more clearly. It’s funny, it occurred just as I was finishing dinner with Linda. We were discussing ideas for an upcoming project we’re starting with Joe, and at the end, I was telling her about the time I felt so […]

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went for a drive north, ended up in Buffalo Park Forest Preserve.. at first it seemed just like an ordinary park, though after relaxing a bit, I began to feel connected to nature and the energy there. I spent a good little bit of time photographing and exploring [will process and upload these images sometime soon].. then decided to drive up to the top of one of the garages in Elgin afterwards [which was a little nerve-racking as despite the […]

I am grateful for life and feeling. It is so beautiful.

Here are the demo reels I quickly threw together the other day for the new gallery grid home page [and the links to all the HD full length videos I used]..

If people would simply pay attention to the harmony or disharmony within themselves—they would be able to eliminate the arduous and impossible task of trying to control the behavior of others.

- Abraham

I've made some changes to my home page gallery grid to speed it up if it was running slow for any of ya.. www.markmarano.com

If you choose to lead your life just like everyone else, then what exactly is it that you have to offer?

- Wayne Dyer

To be nobody but yourself - in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you like everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.

- E. E. Cummings

The Awakened One experiences without the experiencer. The unawakened one experiences with the experiencer.

- Sri Amma Bhagavan

Notice the ups and downs, and realize, as you ride this roller-coaster of life, you have the power to change the ride. Even if you can’t change the circumstances that are causing the downs at first, you can change how you feel about the circumstances. By doing so, you begin to take control of your life, and begin to realize you don’t need to be attached to any outcome in order to be happy. Yes, in the beginning, you might […]

What I am is something incredibly magnificent. I am life, and life is the only truth. Every animal, every flower, every rock is life, because everything is full of life. All of us are only one living being, and we come from the same place.

- don Miguel Ruiz

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don't go back to sleep.

- Rumi

Alan Watts – The Game of Life

 

Alan Watts – you are god in the dance of life

 

Alan Watts On God Is Now On The Present Moment

 

Alan Watts – Being Completely Here And Now

 

Alan Watts – Existence Is Weird

 

The Real You – Alan Watts

 

Alan Watts – We are nothing.

riding the metra from chicago back to elgin

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

- Rumi

The Awakened One sees everything as perfect. The unawakened one sees everything as imperfect.

- Sri Amma Bhagavan

I'm gonna make a trip to Chicago this Sunday before leaving Illinois in a week or so. I'll be heading over to the Bodhi Spiritual Center in the morning then seeing Doug from the Oneness Community speak. Afterwards I may bike around the city.. Let me know if you want to join me or hang out for a bit.

I found this beautiful video on Gwen Bell’s site last night. I’ve only briefly skimmed through a few pages on her site, though from what I’ve seen, Gwen’s perspective resonates a lot with how I see the world. Check out her place at gwenbell.com

What you’re feeling is what you attract (and the lens you see the world through). Yesterday afternoon, a couple hours before sunset, I felt connected to the trees, plants, and nature in the park I discovered when I went for a drive a little north of here [photos will be added later and found under yesterday's date]. I am grateful for the opportunity to go explore in nature and spend lots of time there growing my awareness, especially when I get my truck camper in the next couple weeks. Do whatever it takes to continue to live your dream and experience your passion.

i thought of driving to lake geneva on the weekend though the forecast called for rain, so i decided to take a break from work and go for a ride while it was still partly sunny..

Do something to embrace and experience peace, inner and outer. Inner peace leads to outer peace. Sit quietly in the present moment, and really feel and appreciate the peace within. As you begin to fully experience it, you’ll realize everything is perfect and complete as it is. There is no need for competition, war, or argument. The more of us that realize peace through the experience of it, the quicker we all will experience complete and total world peace.

Open your mind, allow your feelings to be expressed, to be pushed out, and your heart will neither break nor burst, but be a free-flowing channel of the life energy in your soul.

- Neale Donald Walsch

So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
And we never even know we have the key

- The Eagles, “Already Gone”

Ahh, to learn to appreciate the beauty of winter in summer [in the mid-west] …

I just updated the landing page of my web site to a new grid gallery preview - check it out: markmarano.com [the images may load a little slow at first, depending on your connection/computer/device, though give it a minute and it'll catch up]

First, we become aware of that which is Divine around us. Then we become aware of that which is Divine within us. Finally, we become aware that all is Divine, and that there is nothing else. This is the moment of our awakening.

- Neale Donald Walsch

Do you desire to experience God, or merely the expressions of God?

You will always hear what you need to hear.

- Louise Hay

I just implemented the gallery grid I designed almost a year ago with the current blog theme on my site - check it out: markmarano.com/site2010

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.

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

I am grateful as we continue our journey from the age of information to the age of inspiration.

yes, photography, and time-lapse photography, and some videography/cinematography.. my lens-based art is really about perception and perspective, and exploring these methods of seeing through the lens as a metaphor for ways of seeing the world. it’s become clearer lately, though a part of me has known all along what it has been about. when i have more time, i really want to sit and explore it some more, and allow the feelings to come through into words that can describe […]

Inspiring someone is awakening a viewpoint that realizes that something that seemed impossible can actually be done.

- Harry Palmer

went for drive in the country in my new truck.. ended up past rockford!

i picked up my truck today! and found out that my camper is shipping this week too! [yep, between down payment for the truck, second payment for the camper, and insurance, i spent nearly $40k today. may seem like a lot to some yet it's only a number (and everything is relative). every single penny will be well worth it.. the next chapter is about to begin!]

it’s awesome to create your reality, and make your dreams come true. absolutely anything is possible. dream big. don’t let anything stop you. no matter what anyone says, do what your heart calls you to. a year ago, i had no idea how i was gonna do this [and didn't even know exactly what i wanted to do]. earlier this year, in may, i stopped analyzing all the options, drove across the country to get a feel of the vehicles/campers i narrowed down, and made my decision. i had no idea how i was gonna pay for it [well i knew how, though had fears and didn't know if it'd come in time, and the universe worked out perfectly and i was able to put more down than i anticipated].

set your mind to your goals and heart to your passion, and the universe conspires to help you. live and breathe that passion and that knowing that every day you are one step closer toward achieving your goals, and you become unstoppable. at the same time, surrender attachment to outcome — know you are on the way there, though love and appreciate the journey. [i'm still working on this one. it was a long process with lots of hard work to earn that much in a few months, and i didn't always enjoy the process, though i learned to take some breaks [even if they weren't many] to re-engage with my passion and heart. then when i received payment for the work i did, the truck and camper both took longer than i expected to be built, so i learned a little bit of patience, especially after being carless as i sold my civic early, over a month ago. and shortly after that, the chain on my bike broke, am i was bike-less for a couple weeks ’til i got it fixed. it’s an interesting journey!]

embrace your challenges along the journey. perseverance is what sets apart those who achieve their goals and those who consider themselves failures. most of the time you were just a mere step away from your goal if you wouldn’t have quit early. don’t give up on your dreams. i first started thinking about getting an rv nearly two years ago and had no clue how i was gonna pull it off. low and behold, the pieces all came into place over time and the adventure is about to embark.

anyhow, the words aren’t flowing too smoothly so i’ll take a break until they decide to come out more smoothly. here are some quick shots shortly after finishing up at ron hopkins ford. [i was getting really hungry when i left, the light was dropping, and there were more cars in the
burnidge forest preserve i went to than i anticipated, and at first i wasn't completely happy with the shots, though i had another look at them and creatively worked with them to make a few nice images. there is beauty everywhere if you look for it.]

My friend, fellow Avatar, Paul Franssen, shared this on his facebook wall today. Just watching it and hearing the chant, I began to feel the high meditative vibrations..

You showed up here for a reason. Be excited!

Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.

- Robert Frost

follow the inspiration in your heart and the [creative] expression comes naturally!

biked over to kenyon farm forest preserve..

I experience love by jumping into the ocean of love. Everything I do is a ritual of love-walking, working, playing. Just to be alive makes me intensely happy because I'm no longer thinking; I am feeling.

- don Miguel Ruiz

It is absolutely imperative that you live your dreams and follow your heart. It is so exciting to hear others living their dreams and creating of amazing things. I just off the phone with my coaching buddy Matt who was telling me about a weekend retreat he’s gonna have in a few weeks and his future lifestyle of travel and exploration. He got the idea a couple weeks ago about getting an RV and now all the pieces are coming […]

It seems to me that this whole enlightenment and awakening business is about allowing. It’s really that simple. Accept where you are and allow it to happen. Don’t try to force it. You are exactly where you need to be. Your path is perfect. And it will get you to where you are going. Just be patient. Experience life, and the circumstances will unfold. You can’t be expecting it. It happens when you don’t expect it. The other day I […]

Alan Watts – fear of enlightenment

 

Alan Watts On Drugs

 

Aldous Huxley – Doors of Perception

 

Alan Watts – Infinite Possibilities

 

Alan Watts on Human Consciousness

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