Words + images: Ashley Inguanta 

Honing the art of mindfulness and solitude takes practice. In this essay, photographer and writer Ashley Inguana takes us on an impressionistic exploration of what it means to slow down and pay attention.

I remember when you turned into a tree. Your center glowed, as if fireflies were inside—a guiding light.

You reached up toward something greater and you found me. I was reading on the other side of the world, in a trailer by the sea, and your light was enough. The mountains swelled as if they were full of roots, ready to stretch toward the big sky.

I root down with my feet, despite the tide. The moon becomes my light. And when I find balance, I become you, a tree.


A poet, writer, and photographer, Ashley's works have appeared in make/shift magazine, Corium, and The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg Review. Her newest collection of poetry and photography, titled For the Woman Alone, is forthcoming with Ampersand Books in June 2014. Currently, Ashley is in the midst of completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training in New York City.