Honoring the Past Year (and her colorful embrace)

Twelve months ago,a brisk January beginning,a gift in her hand.“Open it”, she swoons.Wrappings fell to the floor,a box lid yawns wide,reveals a rainbow blanket splayed in glory,a present of presence. “Let’s switch places,” she poses.My clenched grip of striving unfurls, Iplace my efforts on the golden altar.Allow her, the new year,to swaddle me close in a colorful embrace.She places me on her lap,spins her song of beauty, places silky medicine in my heart. Upside down,cocooned for a year —Anointed with color,the paint of cosmic swirls shifting cells, metaphors ofancient stories unlock theirmystery of knowing through the gatewayof an unadorned canvas….

Coming Home

Welcome to my newly designed website. Exciting things are happening. Not everything is complete, but I hope you’ll take a look around to see what’s new! Poet and painter, E.E. Cummings wrote, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” Crossroads in our life offer us an opportunity, a doorway. The opening asks us to lean in, to reflect upon our inner knowing and choose the direction God is calling us toward. More often than not, this direction asks us to leave something behind. We may need to put down our busyness, place aside our people…

5-minute Pocket

A while back, I listened to a podcast with writer, Liz Gilbert, who talked about the importance of the practice of creativity. She encouraged 15-minutes a day of writing even on days packed full. She convinced me that fifteen minutes could drastically alter a person. After that podcast, I committed with stronger Spirit to (at least) 15-minutes a day of creating. Some days for me, it’s writing. Other days, it’s painting or photography.  On days when I lose this rhythm, I notice. In the following poem, I encourage only 5-minutes! 5-minutes is not much, but you’ll be surprised at how…

You’ve Got the Power

Here I am breath held exhale weak halt of flow without awareness I zip up shrink back suck in Do you? ember out quiet down lay low fade to invisible [shallow breath] finger snap spark twinkle glow rays of light awaken my vigilance The practice of flow is minded Air within heaves beautiful rhythm (now) I witness the promise of God’s breath, the very strength of holy dwelling within With intention, I open myself draw in long and slow inhale power Will you? expand yourself feel the source exhale love abundantly given [bottomless breath] you and I connected to divine…

Burst Into You.

Dear friends, This is the time of year I take a few weeks off to recharge my art and poetry soul. It’s my summertime Sabbath for the next few weeks. I’ll be back the 2nd or 3rd week in August with new offerings. As always, thank you for your readership and engagement. Much love, Ally “If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.” Luke 17:33 NLT There is nothing more I desire than for you to burst into yourself. into who you are. I hear you talk…