An Opening

Once I walked through narrow streets lined with old beautiful doors, wandering.  Mesmerized by small reflections of light on some; by the unique and individual characteristics of craftsmanship on many. My imagination was drawn in with a curious wonder. Now I see in this magical essence there, an opening…


“Attention is the doorway to gratitude, the doorway to wonder, the doorway to reciprocity.”  ~ Robin Wall Kimmerer

© Photo by Shelley Bauer




Walking into the forest, the butterflies hung from the Oyamel Fir trees, their bodies thickly stacked together for warmth and protection from predators. They were more than a presence these beautiful creatures, filling every branch and inch of tree trunk with their fading colors. I could sense the mystery of their whispering wings fluttering all about. It was a magical moment, a surreal sight of wonder and awe. It would be years later before I would understand that although the mind may sense a subtle call, for any transformation to truly begin the heart must be willing to make a connection and listen.


                                photo credit shelley bauer