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Dear life,

Dear Life

This is a pretty amazing gig we got going here – and I want you to know how deeply grateful I am for this chance to wake up and participate with you once more.

Thank you, and talk with you soon,

Love, aa

PS. Let’s have some tea soon, and maybe a hike up in the hills – I’d really like that.

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All Content Copyright © 2012/2013 – Photos/Words by Amy Allis

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Precious

What if – this life is the most tender, powerful, awe-inspiring gift; the most precious of things – how will I live my day differently as I hold this softly before me?

To truly pause and be with this, really wear it, breathe it in completely, is life-changing. Gratitude rises easily to the surface. Life slows down just a bit – what is the hurry? Noticing what is noticed is part of the fun. The depth of all of it, the richness that comes with slowing down and being present, is available for tasting. Choice has a different feel to it – since the world is so rich and full, then, any choice will be one with wonder in it. Any turn we make will have experiences to try out, to explore, to savor. If we don’t like how that one tastes, then we can gently put it down, say thank you, and turn another direction.

How does life feel this way?

As I am writing this, I can say it feels pretty good. And I’d like to take it a few steps further —

What if, not only is this Life precious, but the ones I meet along the way in it are precious as well. How does that feel? Hmmm. It feels powerful, like forgiveness is right there, compassion is part of the flow, shoulders drop, breathing is easier. There is an allowing for whacky actions and behavior – like I can let much of it just roll on by, take it in stride, and see the potential in those who might otherwise seem a little crazy. Nice.

One more step —

And, what if we also take time out in all of this to remember that each of us, I, Amy, and you (your name) are just as precious and irreplaceable as any of the rest of it – the breath in and out of our bodies allows us to be here and participate in this truly vibrant journey with eyes and heart wide open. If each of us acts as if compassion, patience, softness and nurturing, appreciation and encouragement are simply the way we are treated in any moment, from the inside to the outside, imagine how different the world can feel? With love, I am grateful, aa

 All Content Copyright © 2012  Photos/Words by Amy Allis

Beauty finds her way

Nature, being outdoors – that has always been my church, the place where I find the whisperings of wisdom, the soothing touch which reconnects me to a deeper self. A sigh of relief, a remembering, an end to what is done, a possible beginning. She is a powerful force, that Mama Nature. She seems to offer just what each of us might need in any moment – so adaptable she is! And I love her for it…

So, when I am feeling like we humans are being unkind, even cruel in our behavior, I am amazed at her loving patience. I marvel as she continuous to attempt to share her wisdom with us, her love, her plain and simple language of harmony and flow.

The critters, the leafed and flowered ones are right there with us, offering tiny bits of connection, reminders, healing in many  forms. All we have to do is pause for a moment, once again, just pause, and notice. The offerings do continue, and I believe we are so close to conscious appreciation — many of us are there already, but I am visioning the collective, all of us, finding our way back to that place of noticing the sacred in ourselves, and in what is living around us. I am a believer, and Nature is rooting for us – as our hearts continue to open and let it in, beautify finds her way.

 All Content Copyright © 2012  Photos/Words by Amy Allis

Signs of life

Life has been a bit tough lately. It has been amazing, too, but also a challenge. Yes, there are profound changes, wondrous gifts, surprising connections and reconnection. And I am grateful, yes indeed.  There has also been a rising intensity and sometimes overwhelming examples of just how out of balance our existence is here on the planet. It can be painful to witness these things, to feel them – especially when they are glaring examples that show up from inside our own selves…

And so, inevitably, a humbling reminder comes of my own  imbalance, which has been growing for a while. First as a quiet unease, a sense that something is not quite right. When ignored, it gets louder, the unease is almost unbearable. I finally stop, let life come to a halt, sitting in the car, completely exhausted, unsure what to do, where to go. I remember – when unsure of where to begin, start with the breath. Yes. This always works. So, breathing, becoming conscious, slowing down to center. And in the center is: surrender. And in the surrender is: truth. The message that wants to be heard. There it is. Small, a delicate thought, a shift, a letting go, a new view – subtle, yet so necessary and powerful. Yes. Embarrassing, humbling, yes. Also there is relief in the knowing of it, a chance to stand on a clear foundation.

So, I am sitting there, still, slowly adjusting, beginning to see the world through new eyes. Any hardness is softened, no need for protection. I ask – is this what you have wanted me to get to? The answer – yes. Ok then. Here I am, ready to start over from a place that truly matters.

And then it comes, finding it’s way through my partly opened window, nudging it’s little self into my tired awareness… a tiny bird somewhere in the tree next to me, singing her heart out, singing as if her life depended on it, singing — for me. One moment, one deep breath of surrender, and there it is – a sign of life. My day is changed. I chuckle in spite of myself, and I say Thank You.

 All Content Copyright © 2012  Photos/Words by Amy Allis