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Fabric

My mother loved beautiful fabrics. She loved colors, and textures, and imagining what she could make with a new-found treasure. We are still uncovering reams and bags and rolls in every closet and corner in the house. One car load to a quilt maker for the Linus Project. Another to an Arab Women’s Sewing Circle support group for those recovering from violent situations in their lives. Another car load nearly packed to go and support local hospice care…another to a quilting group in SF who support those in need…another to a group sewing clothes for the homeless.

I’m feeling some tears as I load the car, all the bags from decades past with notes about what or who the project was for, some partly finished, some only ideas yet to be started. Memories of all the times in a fabric store with my mother, picking out patterns and fabric, seeing what was on sale or in the remnant bin, all the handmade gifts from my grandmother for each birthday and on holidays. As we got older there were bean bag chairs, outdoor gear for our adventures, curtains for a first home off-campus. I don’t sew like my mother and grandmother did, and I did not realize at the time that it was a special thing they were doing, sharing with us.

Now, I am so grateful for those who are continuing the art of creating function and beauty with their hands and hearts, and that they can use all of my mother’s unfinished colors, threads, and textures, to make something of comfort for someone else. I am thankful for the gifts from my mother, and my grandmother before her, and so happy to pass them on, for the threads that connect us all to continue their ripple out beyond this house, beyond my own memories, into the lives of those I may never meet…creating some warmth, some joy, some good memories to rise softly in the heart years from now, and feeling the smiles of our ancestors as we continue to circle back to what really matters…

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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

The Guardians…

“Thank you… for everything”

We are only beginning to understand the powerful gifts trees offer us every day of our lives. Perhaps it’s time to take a moment, and say this thank you from each of our waking and breathing hearts, to open to a very real and important role available to us at this time – to step up as true Stewards of this living Earth. Please enjoy this short film, created as a collaborative gift for the trees, text and narration from the book “The Trees”.

The Guardians

winner of the Films for the Forest 2012 Professional Category.

 All Content Copyright © 2012  Photos/Words by Amy Allis