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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.]

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

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..

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
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.

healyourlife.com/author-david-r-hawkins-md-phd/2011/08/wisdom/inspiration/just-be

Why do I record, when it’s all recorded in consciousness anyhow?

Is it to be able to remember when one is disconnected from consciousness, or to share with those who don’t understand that which matters?

The truth is beyond your capacity to know, without being it.

“Flash mob” meditation in Chicago and cities around the world this Thursday!

See facebook.com/MedMob or the map on medmob.org to find one near you..

biking around downtown Elgin with Joe..

Gina had a luau party for Cory and Aly.. here’s a camera I set up on the roof..

Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to, when all they need is one reason why they can.

- Willis Whitney

2dphotography.ca/blog/2011/07/rube-goldberg/ – This is our Photography-themed Rube Goldberg Machine. We hope you all enjoy the clip!

Watch our video explaining some of the process of getting this video done here: youtu.be/qfrmTN0Ly94

You can watch the teasers we put out in the months leading up to our Rube Goldberg Machine here:
Teaser #1: youtu.be/1Z-yvoslbn4
Teaser #2: youtu.be/M-4qPNObTcI
Teaser #3: youtu.be/s_MrvNUUvgY

Special thanks to everyone who helped make this video possible!! Check out the blog post above for more information.

I can't stand it to think my life is going so fast and I'm not really living it.

- Ernest Hemingway

Going to Rockford Airport.. I love the feel of a small airport that you can easily park and get to to terminal in practically no time.. Also being in a more rural area is so nice to feel nature around you.. this was much more relaxing than going to O’Hare or Midway.. Here’s the ride back from St. Peterburg / Clearwater Airport.. there was such a great energy in the air.. it felt like it had just rained and all […]

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

- Patanjali

Recently, I’ve been realizing that perhaps I’m not all that crazy after all. I see things differently that most people or systems out there (that have really been there to program and hold people back). A while back I used to think I didn’t fit in, that perhaps there was something wrong with me, and that I needed to conform, or at least pretend to, in order to be accepted by society. Though, I’ve realized that society itself is the […]

 

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

sounds at trout park in elgin

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

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

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

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.

It cannot be held, only experienced.

Show up. Listen. Hear. Learn. See. Love. Care. Laugh. Sleep. Share. Smile.

- Gregg Braden

Came across an article on master numbers in numerology.. Here’s what it says about 11, the day of my birth.. Interesting as I used to remember having a feeling/thought that my greatest asset was also my worst liability.. Back when I thought it, I thought it was my analytical mind and capabilities, though I suppose that is from intuition, as that’s where it all seems to come from at times.. And now I have another perspective on what that greatest [...]

Here are a couple shots off the roof of Joe’s building..    

God is everywhere, always present. You only need remember to look.

For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe, no proof is possible.

- Stuart Chase

I was ready early so took a drive through the country on the way to St. Petersburg / Clearwater airport.. I was gonna go to a park right near Rockford airport after I arrived back though didn’t find it easily so decided to take the country roads back to Elgin.. the land is nice and open just a couple miles west of Elgin.. (yes, the camera battery died in the middle of this shot)

We are very near to greatness: one step and we are safe; can we not take the leap?

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Driving over to see my friends Kevin and Jon in Logan Square..

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

- Mother Teresa
 

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.

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

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

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 […]

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

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

- Sir David Hawkins

went to read at the park across the street from joe’s..

The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.

- Albert Einstein

I drove over to Kenyon Farms County Forest Preserve today.. here’s a short shot riding with Joe over to Al’s Cafe in downtown Elgin.. We learned a little history about Elgin from our waiter.. apparently there are underground tunnels downtown with the old storefronts from before the road was raised..

I am grateful for feeling the energy, the presence, within me, flowing through me.

Driving back to Elgin after staying at my friend Matt’s in Chicago for the weekend.. We attended the Bodhi Spiritual Center over in Lincoln Park.

another day working at joe’s.. this is what it looks like out the front door, next to my computer desk here..

When you are fully allowing your Connection with your Source, you are radiant; you are clear-minded; you are joyful; you feel good in the moment; you're usually smiling; your heart is swelling; you feel appreciation; you feel love; you feel fantastic; you are in love with life. It's like that first day of vacation feeling all the time. In other words, it's that feeling of awakening and feeling free, and knowing that all is well, and feeling adventurous and eager about the way your life unfolds. That's what Connection to your Source feels like.

- Abraham

The aim and purpose of human life is the unitive knowledge of god.

- Aldous Huxley

Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.

- John Keating (played by Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society)