Power of Now in New Mexico

January 23, 2013 at 5:21 am 2 comments

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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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Christine MacLellan  |  January 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    You are inspiring Amy I am glad you found your bliss!

  • 2. Chris  |  February 2, 2013 at 6:01 am

    Amy……wonderful…….miss you. Some day I will be strong enough to just “be”.


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AUTHOR Amy Hautman Bates M.A, LPCC, ATR-BC

After being a professional painter for 30 years, I broadened by scope from making art for personal edification to using art to promote health and healing in the world. I work as an Art Therapist with children and families in Santa Fe, New Mexico, witnessing  them tap into their creative energy to gain greater emotional stability, resiliency and peace.

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