Hello! I am Arbor Lee.
I am a writer, artist, mindful explorer and beauty seeker.
I am also a highly sensitive soul who spent most of my life coping in a noisy world, unaware of the conditions I needed to fully thrive. I came to mindfulness at a point of personal crisis, realizing I had abandoned parts of myself in order to simply survive. In that moment of awakening I began the process of healing and reclaiming my wholeness. I chose radical self-care which meant identifying and speaking my needs without apology. It meant tuning into my inner authority and trusting her voice over external ideas of who I am or who I should be. It meant offering generous amounts of loving kindness to the parts of me that were struggling and still learning. It meant doing less to experience more.
In the open space of this mindful exploration, I learned how to pay attention and listen to the messages alive in layers of an ordinary day. It is from those mindful moments that my creative voice resurfaced, enlivening my deepest joy.
I believe healing is available in small moments of stillness, in our ability to listen deeply and find refuge in the quiet. I believe our creative joy lives in those quiet spaces and grows from pausing long enough to notice what is already alive and thriving. I believe the world needs our individual and collective offerings of mindfulness.
I offer images and words as seasonal refuge— restoring souls through small moments of attention and beauty. I am a harbinger of quiet stillness, offering a way of navigating the noise through mindful living and daily gratitude. I write and create for remembrance, offering my unique witness to the diverse landscape of experience. I am an explorer of sacred moments— attending to the healing magic hidden within the layers of an ordinary day. I am an advocate for sensitive souls and anyone in need of a space to heal and rest.
My joy is alive in these mindful offerings. My way in the world may be quiet but like the seeds sent out from the center of a dandelion, it is generous and vast. It is my wish that my creative work will travel as far and wide. It is my desire to inspire others to mindfully explore and flourish in their lives.
Welcome. I'm grateful you are here.
I love open questions, singing and music, words and language, the view through my macro lens, pasta and roasted artichoke hearts, sparkling beverages, riding my cruiser bike, garden fresh tomatoes.
I avoid quick answers, unsolicited advice, rushing, noisy crowded spaces, processed foods.
I cherish slow mornings with my beloved, mindful walks, kindred connections, rainy days, a freshly made bed, coastal time, exploring new places, my inner wisdom, mindful poetry, the company of birds and my furry babes.
I am captured by the tiny world at the center of a flower, the delicate strength of moss, the power of hummingbird wings, the way my cat Frida looks at me, our capacity to thrive, the ever-shifting and spacious sky.
My favorite question is “What is alive for me now?”
My favorite place is my backyard.
Short & Sweet Bio:
Arbor Lee is a writer and artist attending to small moments of discovery within the layers of an ordinary day. She is the author and illustrator of Morning Symphony: A Walk With the Birds and her personal narrative essays have been featured in The Sunlight Press Literary Journal, Bella Grace and Mabel magazines. Through her writing, photography and handmade work, Arbor aspires to awaken mindful curiosity and offer seasonal refuge from the noise of life.