Archive for January, 2013

Power of Now in New Mexico

Wholeness Watercolor

Watercolor by Amy Hautman “Landscape in the Now”

I just picked up Tolle’s “The Power of Now”, ten years after my first read, and was struck by how much clearer it seemed this time around.  I think I used to be trying too hard to “get it”.   I may still be far from “enlightenment”, but I now have frequent glimpses into that state of quiet bliss.

I moved across the country to New Mexico in September. I had the perfect life back in North Carolina, but I wanted to study Art Therapy, and I had the freedom to go do it. So we moved. I quit my bookclubs, my teaching, my art groups, my daily painting, my family caretaking, my baking, my gardening and my home improvement. I just dropped it all. And, remarkably, for the first time in my life, I feel like I am doing enough!

Every morning I look at the glorious sky and the awe-inspiring mountains and it takes my breath away. I am here. I have a profound sense of gratitude for everything. (Well, almost everything… when I am present.) The landscape here is spectacular, the skies here are different, but so am I. Having stepped back from raising teenagers and managing a demanding art career I see a glaring contrast between my scurrying mind and my quiet mind.

My husband, Rog, and I love it here. We plan to stay. Soon, I am sure, I will add many of the same old favorite activities back into my life. But it will be gradual and with intention. That is a whole new way of operating for me. I will add things because they are in line with what is right for me and not what I think I “should” be doing. I will paint, but I will not BE an artist. I may show people how to paint, but I will not BE a teacher. I will tend plants, but I will not BE a gardener. I will just be.

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January 23, 2013 at 5:21 am 2 comments


AUTHOR Amy Hautman Bates

I started this blog intending to write about the creative art's health and healing potential. Having been around art all my life, I thought I knew a lot about Art Therapy. But the more I read, the more fascinated I became, and the more I realized how little I knew. This blog is about my journey from full time artist to student at Southwestern College to Art Therapist... and whatever happens along the way.

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