Friday, August 16, 2013

Yoga breastfeeding photo~ Setting things straight.

In light of the fresh attention coming to what is now known as the “naked breastfeeding photo,” I am going to take the time to address some questions and assumptions, as it seems many folks are painting a story that just isn't true. Since I first shared this photo back in 2011 I have been asked these questions over and over again so hopefully I can now put some rest to the inquiries.

Q: What do you guys do for a living?  You must either be a trust fund child or live off of the state.
 I organize the Spirit Weavers Gathering which is an annual event that hosts over 500 women from all around the world.  I have also been making jewelry and handmade goods for the last 10 years.  My partner is a working musician who makes albums and often opportunities arise for other musical projects.  You can hear some of his music here:  Lexus~ Crowd 2014

I’m hardly a trust fund child, though my family does love to buy their Granddaughter little treasures. What Grandparents don't? So no, we are not supported by our families in any way. We also pay taxes for the two businesses we have:  Spirit Weavers, my Etsy shop and my Partner’s music career. This is our only form of bills besides a cell phone, so any funds that come in we can use for traveling. 

Q: Was this photo staged?  You must just be showing off for attention and only care about yourself.  
Though I have answered this question many, many times I will answer it again.  I am just going to share my original post  Daughter of the Sun as it still stands true: 

The truth is we were living on a small community in Hawaii where our land was clothing optional and yoga was/is a necessity! I was just doin’ my daily flow when the little sweet pea came to sneak a suckle. Papa had her out in the grass with him and she just couldn’t resist! This happens all the time by the way. When a breast is out and baby is around, they are going to try and get it anyway they can! I have been blogging for years now and this photo was just a simple share of a beautiful captured moment.   I usually like to stay in Shirishana (headstand) for several  minutes so this was plenty of time for Papa to get a photo.  


My blog at this point had been set up so that we could share our travels and Naia with our families and close friends. When I posted the photo I had no idea it would be shared the way it was. There was no showing off intended, nor did I send this photo out to any websites to gain attention.  A few close friends shared it on Facebook as a beautiful photo of a mama connecting with her child.  It was shared again from there and so on and so forth. 

Q: Why did you select the photos shared on the BabyCenter story? 
The woman who interviewed me for Baby Center found my Instagram photo feed and selected the photos herself to share on the blog. I find it disheartening that so many would criticize our body types.  We all come in different shapes and sizes, what a blessing! Our bodies are clean, light, and not filled with processed, GMO food or any other kind of disharmonies.   We also practice many forms of exercise which keep us fit. 

Q: How can you live in New Zealand with the strict immigration laws?
We are not moving to New Zealand. I shared that we are simply traveling there for six months. Naia was conceived there and it is one of our favorite places on earth.  

Re: "She probably had her daughter off of the state"
Unsurprisingly (I’m sure), we had a beautiful home water birth with one of the best midwives in Hawaii, Claudia Brown. It cost us $1800 and we paid her in four payments.  

Q: How did you come about this lifestyle?
It all started with my yoga practice. Really allowing myself the time and space to sit and just BE. Through this came much clarity and all the love I was feeling was vibrating from all cells of my being. I wanted to live simply, I wanted to be free, I wanted to find happiness and live in the most clean and vibrant place possible. A place where I could be sustainable while eating local organic foods and drinking the purest of water. I made a choice, a lifestyle choice that I knew required discipline and dedication. I have to remind myself in every moment to choose love. This is possible for us all! It’s a wild world and we create our own reality! 

Q: Are you just a bunch of hippies?
Hippie is such an outdated stereotype that keeps being used with this photo. It’s a very uninformed and ignorant description. Whatever happened to the word Human Being?

I understand our family is not the stereotypical ideal. We might look different to the mainstream world, but the closeness and love we share is beyond ideal. 

This is the result of a child who has been raised close to the earth and in tune with the Mother. 
Naia loves practicing her yoga with us.  She is happy, healthy and a vibrant little girl. 
Children of the Light
Where would you rather have your child?  In a field of wild plants and flowers or in front of a television screen? 
Sending out so much love from the heart. It’s been beautiful just to hold space and recognize that we are all so very different. I also understand that there is a lot of pain and suffering happening in the world and people unfortunately thrive off of criticizing others that are not exactly like themselves. My prayer is that others can also follow their dreams and tune in to their hearts and not their TVs.

99 comments:

fairy said...

This is my first comment on this blog, but just had to say thank you for sharing your truth with us.i have not seen the article mentioned but from here and from instagram I have felt your kind heart, love and light shine through. Keep shining! xxx

Carrie Jordan said...

Thank you Amy for sharing. I LOVE this photo and I am so happy that you have been sharing your journey of simplicity and inspiring us for so many years. You are a special soul! I am sad that some people made you feel like you had to explain yourself or justify your life, but as you said, your life is very different from the mainstream. All in all, I think your explanation helps others understand that it is possible to live a beautiful life—maybe it just depends on what you prioritize. Love to you and your beautiful family!

Starr Sonam said...

Always inspired here, not only are your words and pictures blissfully nourishing but they help create a future where people can find there own unique, creative and gentle way of life.
Thank you

Amber J said...

I've been brought to your blog due to the above photo and the renewed interest in it. I'd never seen it before, but honestly, it didn't strike me as strange or in need of any justification.
My lifestyle is probably the polar opposite of yours, but I think your photos of your family and special moments together are beautiful.
I think anyone criticizing you has obviously not experienced the unique closeness of breastfeeding their child, and I feel sorry for anyone who thinks this is weird or unnatural. Thanks for sharing.

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

My sweet Amy, who are these poor arrested souls who find it in them to criticize and belittle others ?~! I hold them up to the Universal Healing Power and hope that some day and someway they will be healed.

For you, a very deep, from my heart, namaste and thank you. Breastfeeding and yoga comprise two of the best experiences in life and seeing the validation that that photo brought to a lifestyle that is a bit out of the main, well, I love what your heart brings to our hearts and your patience is beyond compare as you once again kindly and compassionately explain.

Blessings to you and all people who strive to instill peace, love, understanding, quiet moments and who nurture grace-filled children into the world and on to the future.

Quenby Sheree said...

Your blog makes me happy.

Kathy said...

Sweet woman, you are beautiful and inspiring. I am so happy to see young people embracing the lives my generation thought we'd have forever--except we didn't. Yet it still goes on! Love and starlight to you and your beautiful family.

Vickie said...

we lovu and its all good my friend. your Naia is so calm and beautiful. babies are opportunists when it comes to nursing, very true. it is pretty cool that so many got to see your photo - more positive results than the opposite. opened many hearts and brought smiles I'm sure, despite any naysayers and their negs.

Karolina Daria said...

I love You.

Ally said...

It is disgusting that people criticize you so harshly for something that is so natural. While I am not a mother I think these pictures are beautiful and show the unique bond between mother and child. You should not have to justify yourself at all. We should be so lucky as to be able to travel and live off the land. I can only dream! <3

Tamber said...

It's unfortunate that you've gotten negativity for sharing such a beautiful moment. Your blog is an inspiration to me to work towards better living. Please don't feel like you have to censor yourself. <3

Daughter of the Sun said...

Thank you all for your beautiful words. Just to be clear, I don't feel like I need to justify myself as much as I wanted to create a space where I can direct others who have these inquiries as they come up so often. Its been several years of questions and comments so with this recent share I felt it was time to lay it all out. When images are shared strongly like this, there will be all kinds of stories and imagery that comes to the mind so I felt called to speak my truth around it all. I understand where this image may make others feel uncomfortable. I also understand that this feeling or emotion is within themselves, which is therefore within me; and if we are truly all working as one, then I take responsibility as it plays out in my reality. Thank you! I love you and am grateful for each and every one of you.

gail said...

From the moment I discovered your blog and saw that yoga nursing photo, I said, "Right on, Mama!!!" I absolutely love that photo and knew you were a person who marched to the beat of her own drum. I nursed my three children for many years and it was a wonderful experience. I personally feel that breastfed children are loving and in touch, and I don't understand how anyone could be critical of such a natural thing, or of someone being comfortable with their body. Thank you for sharing a bit more about you and your family. Your blog has inspired me on so many levels.

Ralf Wilkowski said...

Just ignore all the people who - in their eternal unhappiness and ignorance - are chastising you for living the life we were actually intended to live (naturally, mostly Americans...).... more power to you all!
Thank you for sharing this and the beautiful pictures.

Ralf

Ralf Holldorb said...

Im full of admiration of your silent words for this useless thinks that happens since the picture goes around the world.
I wish that there will be mor people like you on this world. Maybe anytime.

best regards from germany
ralf

David Klein said...

Hi Amy,
I'm a normal guy from germany who read an article about a sh...storm because of a pic. With the link in that news I came to your blog. I just want to say that I like the way you handle the whole situation! Even if I'm pretty sure your life wouldn't be something for me ( I like to much hightech) I admire your consequence of living of how you like it!
So enjoy it many years more!

Regina said...

Love and Peace from Germany to you <3 So great, that you and your family found your own way. Keep going and keep smiling!

With lots of Love!
Gina

camist said...

I just think it is sad the negative comments you were compelled to address on such a beautiful photo and the lifestyle. Keep living the dream, and don't mind the haters!! They are simply jealous they don't have the balls to live life as fully as you do. I probably live a very different lifestyle to you, I'm a city dweller, working a corporate job, but when I was pregnant and doing prenatal yoga, and now as I breastfeed my baby, I feel closer to nature and my womanness than I ever have. Love it!

Kristina said...

Shame on all the people who critize you and send so much negativity towards you! So silly and narrowminded! For sure you are probably not living a so-called "mainstream life", but why should you? Deep inside people are just jealous of your personal freedom, healthy living and wandering life! For sure I am! :)

All the best to you and your beautiful family. I stumbled across your blog from the German newspaper spiegel.de - glad I did!

Kristina

Willi Wollmatingen said...

Now you are even famous in Germany! ; )
You may believe that in Europe most people think more liberal about this "shocking" photo.
I assume, here it will be interpreted more as what it expresses: freedom, natureness and humour.
I wish you and your fmaily all the best on your journey through the world and that you will keep on standing to your principals.
And you don't have to justify for anything. People should care about themselves instead of fingerpointing on others.
Shitstormers, shame on your bigotry!

eeeveee said...

Dear Amy,
even here in Germany you are in the press and media. I'm so happy being able to hear from you and your family! It's great to know, there are people in the US that think different. I send much sunshine and love to you, your kid and your husband. Plz don't change anything you do, just cuz of strange people who are talking in strange ways.
You should be always healthy with the sunshine in your heart!

..eeeveee from Germany

Franziska said...

Hey i am not sure if u will read this post, because u get such much spam, but i will write it nevertheless :)
I am from germany and i heard about the whole "bad-breastfeeding photo" the first time yesterday and i just wanted to say that i think its great!
It should be nothing interesting because breastfeeding is smth of the most normal things on earth! o.o i just wanted to be one of the less people who tell u that i love the photo and your whole blog, and i hope i can live a life similar like yours (even if only for a certain time) in the future, too :)
go on, your response on all the hatings and bad comments is enviable!

Trish said...

I think you and your lifestyle are wonderful, and I am so sorry that people have asked you such rude questions. There is no need for rudeness, just kindness!
Sending you love, and thanks for being such an inspiration.x

Lavender Rose said...

Dear Amy,
your picture made the way over the ocean :) I just wanted you to know, that I really love this picture! I see pure harmony. Keep on going your way. Further I read some of the other posts and I would like to ask, if I'm allowed to put your link on my blog (sorry, I didn't find "contact" on the page, so I write it here). I find your blog very inspiring! Thank you a lot.

Erynn said...

Little one doing yoga is adorable

junebug said...

I want to follow your blog but can't seem to find the button for it

Victoria said...

I admire the choices you have made and the life you live. Reading this article, the pictures of Naia and other articles made me resonate,.. Time to go meditate a little and just be. Thank you!

E. said...

Bless you and your family! Thanks for sharing.

Royce Taylor said...

I came across your photo on facebook via The Huffington Post. I followed this to your blog and instagram. I'm so inspired by your life. Thank you for sharing with all of us.
Love and Light,
Royce

Kristina Davis said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful family!!

Michele said...

i just came across your post quite randomly and had not seen that gorgeous photo back in 2011. you are a beautiful person with a beautiful family and i am deeply inspired by you. a thousand blessings on your sweet heads. i will have to follow along with your blog now and am also inspired to visit your etsy shop. thanks for being you. xo

J.A said...

You and your family are beautiful, I'm better for getting to "know" you all today. So, so beautiful!

Walker said...

Hey Amy,
Very cool. You nay like my microblog called onlythebegin wwwfacebook.com/onlythebegin

Pinni said...

Hey, i am from germany. Please excuse my Bad english. In germany the picture is also known. Man germans can`t understand the harassment which are you exposed. You`re picture are great and breastfeeding is natural and very healthy. You`re doing absolutly not hing wrong. In Germany, almost no one bothers them. So I do not understand why this big circus.Live your life the way you want it, because that is the absolute freedom. As long as there three are doing well, it's perfect.

Very many dear greetings from Germany.
Christin

P.S. Amy, your reaction to the many attacks is remarkable. You are a real role model. :)

kribby101 said...

I am in awe of you and your life. Absolutely beautiful.

Grace Ijeoma said...

Live your life....

Willie Aponte said...

I thought your photo beautiful and I think your daughter lucky to be raised in peace and love.

LAF said...

I had never seen "the photo" before but just now saw the article on HuffPost. I quite frankly couldn't care if the photo was staged. Beautiful. Having just started to get back into yoga, photos such as this are inspirational. The breastfeeding was just double duty, but your form is one to aspire to. I often read people's blogs who have chosen to live an unconventional life (1dad1kid). Challenging at times I'm sure, but well worth the reward in living an enriched life. Best wishes to you, your partner and beautiful daughter. Thank you for the positive energy.

Jane Duprey said...

I wish I could be half the mother you are. Half the person you are! I think the way you live your life is awesome, I wish I could live my life the same way. My children are to enveloped in television and electronics. Having your baby girl breast fed for three years and having her do yoga at such a young age sets her up to succeed in life. She's learning values that have been long forgotten, too many children now are left to their own devices.

And oh my word to Humainement Accessible. I'll bet that persons children will be in jail or causing some kind of havoc through out their whole lives. What a close minded jerk! They call you an idiot.. wow..just wow. There are so many ignorant statements in their post..

Your photo. Your life. Your daughter. They are all beautiful, but I'm sure you already know this.

I wish you and your family all the joys and good fortune the world has to offer.
-Jane

fourwoodthinking.com said...

Hi-just found your blog from the Huffington Post. The yoga photo put a smile on my face. My son is at that age now where he takes charge in regards to eating. It doesn't matter what I'm doing or what position I'm in, he's there to do his thing. I love it! It's that first stage of independence...

Thanks for sharing this. Your blog is absolutely beautiful. I'm glad I found it.

bishopsblog said...

Thank you for sharing the beauty of your life. Too bad so few others know your blessing of serenity and love. The photo is so filled with life that it's peaceful and exciting simultaneously.

Carrie - Worth Pinning said...

Beautiful

jennhill said...

Just found you. Plan to follow you until you cannot be followed anymore. Your pictures and words inspire me and make me feel such beautiful things. Thank you.

Lisa Autrey said...

Very Well said sister. I have been following your blog for a good while and I have too seen the beautiful breast feeding headstand. It is wonderful to see people embracing their bodies. We all are divine beings we must look within to see the light. I see you are looking deep within and it makes me happy to see humans doing that. Embrace life and love and keep living the sacred life your living. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

Unknown said...

I love what you are doing. It's funny how judgmental people are still. I get asked if I'm a hippy sometimes. It is outdated, but now I say "I guess" It's limiting, but so are their minds.

Anjali said...

You are a beautiful soul. I'm constantly saddened by the ignorance of others. Please keep shining your love bright.

Ramón Sender Barayón said...

How about in the headstand/lotus position with baby breastfeeding? This dates from 1969.
http://badabamama.com/mstarscrp/M138.html

honeynettles.blogspot.com said...

My first comment too. I am going through a dark period in life, having panic attacks about death and things like that. Your blog was a ray of sunshine, I thought to myself "I bet people with so much love and oneness with nature don't fear death like I do". It gave me hope. I do call you a hippie. A hippie to me is a loose, all encompassing term for people and actions that are innocent, pure, giving, full of joy, lacking in prejudice, and one with nature. As I navigate life and find my true self, your blog will remain a source of inspiration for true wisdom and happiness. The media likes to blow up the negative because people are more interested in outrage, even when not outraged themselves. It seems most of us are in awe of the beauty of the moment.

Cindy said...

I found a photo of you on Huffington Post, read a little, and ended up here. I am enchanted with how you are living, and how beautiful you, your family and friends all are. I also love how patiently and kindly you responded to the judgmental tone of some of the questions you have been asked. Surely everyone can see the magic and vitality in these children living close to and touching the earth, instead of sitting with an ipad or electronic gadget in their lap. When i look at what you are doing, and how you live it touches something deep inside of me... and it makes me happy and hopeful for the earth and it's inhabitants...

Cindy

Natalia said...

It's so unfortunate that you had to explain yourself to all of those people who were judging you, but I'm glad you did. I'm not as nice or as wholesome as you are so I'm glad they get that slap in the face! :-) Congratulations on living such a beautiful life, and on being able/willing to raise your children the way you are. It really is wonderful. As for your nursing picture, I have a few odd pictures of my son nursing. We often walk around without clothing, and every time he saw a nipple, he went for it. No matter what I was doing! lol! Anyway, thanks for letting us live vicariously through you, and follow you on the bolg and Instagram. Best of luck to you.

ALFIE said...

Amy- you are a true blessing. And your openness has increased my spiritual path immensely. I am repeatedly inspired by you and feel so connected through your photos and stories. Was heartbroken to see on Instagram that your gorgeous feed had been removed! May truth and love prevail through the blindness of those who do not understand and therefore judge. I pray to see you back sharing your light there soon! In the meantime- peace and much love to you.

e8503 said...

Hi Amy,

I'm going to be honest and let you know that I was sent to your blog through a link on HuffPo. However, I am intrigued by and delighted (and even more inspired to appreciate the Earth and her beauty) to follow your adventures with your family through photos, video, and blog. With that said, I began following you on instagram today!!! But, I'm disappointed to see that your profile is either removed or hidden. Hopefully the prudes and people who call others "weird" did not deter you from sharing your story. I also hope that your family has not been threatened in any manner, because we all know that happens when others don't agree with your beautiful mind.

You should not have to justify your way of living, just because you chose to share. I wish you will return to instagram soon, maybe after the dust settles a bit?

Sending love and positive energy to you!

Carrie M said...

Brave choices. Well stated. Beautiful life. Happy people. Enough said. With love Carrie

LotusBlossom said...

Hi Amy, I just wanted to say, well, there is so much I'd love to share with you and your whanau. I live in NZ and if there is any possibility, I'd love our families to meet! )O( Jasmin

HuggieBear86 said...

My wife is currently 33 weeks pregnant with our first child and we are huge supporters of breastfeeding... I just heard about your story today and think you are a great person. I spent my entire lunch hour today looking at your Instagram and loved your photos... Our friend is a vary crunchy mama of an amazing 1 year old boy and she has influenced our future parenting decisions greatly. I was telling her about your Instagram and all the great things you put on there and went to show it to her and found that your account was deleted. I'm so sorry that they did that to you and it's not right or fair. Please don't be discouraged and please create another Instagram. Don't let them win... Your story is amazing and an inspiration to parents and new parents everywhere.

-soon to be dad

Debbie said...

I think you are awesome! Ignore the haters and negativity, they serve no purpose, I truly admire and respect people like you!

empress auj said...

love you beauty.full mama amy!!! keep on shining! you are an inspiration to so many... I'm so glad that our paths have crossed on IG... fighting the good fight for you so that we can see you back on IG again! love in, out and all around sistar...
love xx,
audrey
mama auj

Magnus said...

In truth, you are the daughter of the sun; shining your own truth with clear and unrestrained radiance. In so doing, you heal not only yourself, but the entire world.

Also, it is so, SO good to see a happy, thriving mother, capable of nourishing her child, AND herself. All too often, it's an either-or-scenario, and that's just not what parenting is about.

So, thank you, Daughter of the Sun! Keep shining, and keep radiating your *be-ing*!

Sternengarten said...

Dear Amy,

I send you all sun rays across the seas.
We were travelling a bit and yesterday I read here that your yoga pic is a big theme now around the world. ????

I hope it isn`t the reason for closing your IG. I have now smart or i phone so I never could sent a comment but your pics with your description showed you path in a wonderful, inpiring way.

Shine on
with best regards
Jolanda

Linda G. Richard said...

Hello salaamun alaykum (peace be with you) listen - I just found your photo - and it is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my entire life! It took me right back to my nursing days! I had three babies in four years, nursed all of them - and loved each and every minute of it - still do love being a mom!! I miss the childbearing days though! I am now 58! It happens. :)

I just wanted to tell you that - ignore all the naysayers, you don't need that energy around you. Those people find things to criticize all the time, they will eventually move to the next thing. I know them, I am Muslim and they like to come criticize us, too. They just have miserable lives, it really is sad.

Anyway thank you so much! I am actually going to print and frame this photo because to me it's like soul candy! I hope that's okay! It'[s just soooo sweet!

I am raising a girl now.. she is 8 and your daughter and what you said about her - reminds me of my granddaughter. She is also being raised the right way, as you said close to the earth and in tune with the creator, and it shows.. she's an old soul, too.

Anyway THANK YOU! Be well, peace to you...

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Pepper Pod said...

What a beautiful blog by a beautiful woman! There simply can't be anything more natural than breastfeeding. And how wonderful that you and your family are so beautifully connected. Many of us around the world are similarly blessed and support you from afar.

Jessika said...

I am sorry to hear that those are questions you get asked repeatedly, and am amazed at the grace with which you respond.
Years ago I came across your photo and I love it more now than I did then because I have a son who no doubt tries to get at the breast any time he can! =) I can relate very much and am happy to know you and your family hold a place in the world.

Cameopoet said...

Found you through HP just ignore the igmo comments about dangerous grass and being tied to a tree! lol laughter is good tho.

Your work both on the blog and your creations are inspired, resonant, and beautiful, as is your lovely family. I'm just so glad you shared online or I would never be able to participate in your beauty and bliss!

Keep it up, women everywhere love and celebrate what you are sharing with them!

vanessa ray said...

Amy...I don't think I could ever properly relate just how much you inspire me. You even handle ignorant spiteful people with grace and dignity. {ps...I'm hoping instagram realizes the error of it's ways and reinstates your account.}

love and light always
vanessa xx

Bernetta said...

I happen to see this photo story on yahoo and came to your blog. I read your story and felt bad how crazy (jealous) people attack. Enjoy life, live how you want. I think it more than awesome. I breastfed 3 babies and understand how important it is. And you are right, if the baby sees the breast, they are coming for it.

Jennifer Watson said...

I went to a hippie music festival once, next thing I knew drugs were being passed around, gangbangs were occurring and they were enjoying some Budweiser's. Drugs and orgies have always been the lifestyle for many hippies (especially for those who were around in the 60/70s). Each to their own I guess.

ferrert said...

I'm from Barcelona and I simply think that the photo is beautiful, your way of life is just enviable! Thanks for sharing! Peace

ABeverage said...

Whenever I see people living like this I always wonder...How??? While I applaud a more natural lifestyle I get fits of suspicion when I see technology used. Making Teepees and gardening cannot create a laptop nor provide internet service and all it entails.

How do you live on an EXPENSIVE island? How do you travel? Do you have a real job or an inheritance? How do you afford a computer and write a blog?

Is this real and you have somehow found a way to balance nature with technology while living free of the society and all its entrapments?

Or is it sham to make the rest of us working slaves feel like if we could just step out of the cycle we too could live like this, to keep us dreaming of a utopian way of life in harmony with nature but oddly using technology (which I completely find deceptive) while someone (the working slaves) foot the bill for your lifestyle? Someone has to mine the resources and sit in the sweatshop to build the device you blog on...

I doubt you will reply, but I am curious if it was possible for all of us to live like this as you cannot get something from nothing...

Jen Goff said...

Beautiful Amy,
Thank you for sharing your life with us. I love your magic and you continue to inspire me and other in so many ways. I wish a simple and beautiful photograph was not even up for discussion in this negative way. Many of us are supporting you getting your instagram account back as well. Sending you love dear sister.

The Vegan Gypsy said...

Your blog was just shared with me IG from a friend, and I am so glad this "controversy" led me to you. What a beautiful way of looking at the world, honoring and appreciating Mother Earth. I commend you for sticking by your choices, even though you shouldn't have to.

Brightest Blessings to you and your family.

Bear said...

Hi Amy,

I thought the yoga photo was very spiritual when I first saw it and I still do.

Peace ~ Bear
https://bear1956.wordpress.com

Hailu said...

I have just stumbled upon Amys blog through FB, I will be bookmarking it as inspiration. It makes me so happy to see such a life being lived!

On the other hand it makes me feel such pity for those who are so skeptical of anyones ability to live so peacefully and in touch with themselves and the natural world.

Among us there are artists, whose skills, talent and light are paid nicely and if they choose to live in a way that detaches themselves from materialism or convention, who is anyone to judge?

If someone makes you feel envy of their lifestyle, the smart thing to do would be to pay attention. What are they doing to be so happy and at peace rather than feel spite and anger. Spite and anger will not bring you any closer to living even a little like this beautiful family.

Amanda Adams said...

You're handling the perhaps unwanted attention very well - I'm glad to have come across your blog and will follow it going forward. To be honest, when I saw the photo online, I thought it was beautiful. People just lose sight of reality sometimes...they forget the breasts had a purpose before porno existed.

Keep on being your wonderful self! :)

Jamie said...

Hello! I'm pretty darn mainstream, and I think the photo is absolutely stunning! My four girls all weaned somewhere between the age of 2.5 and 4.5, and it's just weird to me how mainstream society is so freaked out about bodies, breasts and breastfeeding. Anyway, beautiful!

Alana Nelson said...

It was a beautiful photo and I love your blog. I would love to live a simpler, cleaner life. I am trying in my own way. Also, the breastfeeding aspect was so adorable and so true. As a breastfeeding mother, I can attest that you being upside down is so obstacle for the baby.

Andrea said...

I would just like to tell that I have followed your journey for a long time and find your connection to the Earth and lightness to be endlessly inspirational. I am a first time expectant Mother and your way of writing about childbirth has been one of my greatest sources of confidence. You are a beautiful spirit and I feel so awful that is such a source of fear for so many. Please continue to share.
~Andrea~

Marie said...

Don't listen to your critics! Your family is beautiful and your lifestyle is much needed and appreciated in our modernized society. Keep doing what you're doing. You're a great mum. :)

Jane said...

Sometimes you just have to laugh.

This is one of those times.

Best to you and yours, from Canada.

Ashley Dempsey said...

God bless ♥

Kirstin said...

I appreciate your courage in defending the breastfeeding photo, though, I don't believe it should have required defense. I breastfed my children and can think of nothing more natural. I identified strongly with the photo and it made me smile. I wish you and your family the best.

pricklypear78 said...

You and your family are so beautiful and inspiring. I hope I someday have the courage to live as authentically and bravely as you do!

Kate Money said...

Thank you Amy for sharing this experience with us! Your ability to stay strong and centered through Love is an inspiration!! Hopefully we will all live in more of a way that exudes light and Love ~ freeing ourselves from fear, hurt and judgement... Thank You for choosing to be a MAMA~ we need more like you!! XO

Kate Money said...

Thank you Amy for sharing this experience with us! Your ability to stay strong and centered through Love is an inspiration!! Hopefully we will all live in more of a way that exudes light and Love ~ freeing ourselves from fear, hurt and judgement... Thank You for choosing to be a MAMA~ we need more like you!! XO

Caroline Gilsoul said...

this is my first comment on this blog..I'm living in France ..
I just wanted to thank you for sharing this..this photo is simply beautiful, we can feel the power of Love between you and your precious one..a beautiful and healthy life ..in agreement with yourself and MotherNature..

Keep the faith!!

caringdoula said...

I am in love with this post!Your daughter looks so peaceful and happy. I am breastfeeding a four month old and my first daughter breastfed until she was two. I want your life of peace! I'm struggling with my oldest daughter right now, she is rarely calm or peaceful. Where can I start to change that? That is what I am working on right now by trying to stay in peace myself.

Deborah Campen said...

Thank you Amy for sharing your photos. I loved the "Yoga breastfeeding photo" from first sight. It is very natural. After reading the article and your blog I love it even more. I have to say that I am dismayed by all of the negative comments people are writing. It does not really surprise me though as we live in such a closed minded society in the US.
I got to take a stroll through your Instagram photos before the account was deleted and loved it. Every photo was beautiful and I felt like I was traveling to new and exciting places around the world. I am sorry that other didn't see it the same.
Continue to pass the love to your beautiful daughter, she is a very lucky child of the earth.

Thank you and much love to you and your family!

Maïken said...

Your way of life is such an inspiration! I can feel the love and the honesty and it gives me so much joy and peace to read your blog.
Thank you for sharing the beauty of your life <3

laoi gaul~williams said...

i have been visiting your blog for a while now although comment little but coming here now and reading this post i feel i have to comment...i sit here with tears in my eyes at how this world has become and how some people regard those who follow their true paths in this world. keep living your beautiful life xoxoxox

The Hummingbird said...

It's so bizarre to me the backlash of such a natural photo. Breastfeeding and nudity in general is such a taboo in mainstream society but it couldn't more normal. As someone who feels like they're balancing between two worlds - one that is of nature and connected as such & one that operates within the confines of this mainstream paradigm - I love how the first time I saw your beautiful photo (on HuffPost I think, considered fairly liberal), it at once felt both familiar and uncomfortable (because of it's context as "news"). Thank you for your grace in handling all the publicity and "setting things straight" although how bizarre our world is that you have to set things straight for breastfeeding and doing yoga.

xtine rry said...

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE OF YOUR MUSIC?!

Donna Mack said...

Love your beautiful life <3

CHLOE CHIPPENDALE said...

You are amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your light with world and inspiring a simple, healthy and loving lifestyle. Sending you so much love + aloha mama!

Rosenklo said...

My first comment too. I found your blog a year ago and love all the positive, healthy, lustfull and harmonic vibrations you send out. It do helping me finding my own way into something more worth living than the regular common way. I just want to say hi and thank you for being you, and now seemed to be the time. Hugs from Sweden

Drea Sue said...

Oh my! You're SO inspirational, love how positive you are even when you receive the most absurd comments and questions. Thank you for sharing your life with us, you and your family are such beautiful souls!!

xo

Laura Stark said...

Posed or not, this picture is priceless for the innocence it portrays. I breastfed both my babies and only regret that it couldn't have lasted longer... I would have loved to have a toddler coming to me, lifting my shirt and availing his/her self of the manna my body produced just for them!

hereshopingthemayanswereright said...

You are such an awesome and inspiring person. I wish I could have grown up the way you are raising your kids.

Kevin Kelpe said...

This is so completely moving. Thank you for sharing your photos and life. (I think the yoga/booby/baby pic is just... sublime!)

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