Shine the Divine:

Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice

When we see through our hearts, we recognize that every single one of us is infused with creativity. Divine Sparks are embedded in everyone and everything. It's up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new. Join me as we wake up to the sacred-ordinary blessings waiting to greet us each and every day.

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As the days grow shorter and the nights longer it is a joy to continue spreading the light threaded through our Gratitude Quilt 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I Heart Macro 83


fashion forward graced
twigs dress up in winter lace
season of release

quietly prepared
since color riot’s long passed
for softer palette
















in these quiet woods
branches snap as we pass
snagged on our wooly coats and caps
this chilled but thawing morning meander
twigs crack while melting snow slooshes under feet
curious dog and her companion splash through
water as bubbles rise silently to the surface
reflective and still moments before

one soft voice utters
"find Nefi"

faithful as always she sniffs out
a grave marked by a heart shaped stone
 and together we stand exhaling white breath
remembering our feline friend and three others
buried nearby all fragile bones cradled in earth
sheltered by guardian trees and leaves
eyes tear from cold and love

in these quiet woods



Chanukah begins this Tuesday evening.
May all beings be blessed,
seeing divine light shining bright

in one another.




Chag Urim Sameach

Welcome to Week Eighty-Three
I Heart Macro
"Pure awareness transcends thinking... It allows you to look at the world once again with open eyes. And when you do so, a sense of wonder and quiet contentment begins to reappear in your life."~Mark Williams and Danny Pennman, from Mindfulness An Eight-Week Plan For Finding Peace In A Frantic World

It is time for YOU to share the love up-close with YOUR

I Heart Macro offerings!

Shine the Divine

Enjoy slowing down with your camera, paying full attention, observing beauty and curiosities many people pass right by. Your generosity of spirit and keen eyes may open the door to miniscule miracles and mirth others would not have access to otherwise. Feel free to include poetry, prose and thoughts your macro photo or series inspire(s) in you. Writing is completely optional for participation. Straight out of the camera (SOC), edited, color, black and white; anything goes as long as you bring the viewer near to whatever it is that drew your heart's attention and "woke you up" to full presence.

Please link back to my blog either using the button provided or by linking the words "I Heart Macro" back to my blog with this link: shinethedivinecreativityisaspiritualpractice.com. By sharing the link, visitors to your blog will learn about this meme and have a chance to participate as well if they so choose. 

Visit each other...


S  p  r  e  a  d  the  LOVE. Thanks :-)


The I Heart Macro Linky opens tonight, 
Sunday evening at 8pm EST

and remains open for you to share your close-up images all week long!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

I Heart Macro 82






snow arrived as november ended i've been observing from my bedroom above all week not feeling well and unclear as to why… yet... photos stashed from last year around this time imagining the ground would look similar now if i could examine it more closely grateful for memories collected and saved for times such as this i hear bitter winds howling as night falls feel temperatures dropping rapidly as a draft sneaks between window sashes why does december seem like such a surprise? 


safe from howling winds
cradled by a fallen leaf
heart of snow sheltered


Welcome to Week Eighty-Two
I Heart Macro
"Pure awareness transcends thinking... It allows you to look at the world once again with open eyes. And when you do so, a sense of wonder and quiet contentment begins to reappear in your life."~Mark Williams and Danny Pennman, from Mindfulness An Eight-Week Plan For Finding Peace In A Frantic World

It is time for YOU to share the love up-close with YOUR

I Heart Macro offerings!




Shine the Divine

Enjoy slowing down with your camera, paying full attention, observing beauty and curiosities many people pass right by. Your generosity of spirit and keen eyes may open the door to miniscule miracles and mirth others would not have access to otherwise. Feel free to include poetry, prose and thoughts your macro photo or series inspire(s) in you. Writing is completely optional for participation. Straight out of the camera (SOC), edited, color, black and white; anything goes as long as you bring the viewer near to whatever it is that drew your heart's attention and "woke you up" to full presence.

Please link back to my blog either using the button provided or by linking the words "I Heart Macro" back to my blog with this link: shinethedivinecreativityisaspiritualpractice.com. By sharing the link, visitors to your blog will learn about this meme and have a chance to participate as well if they so choose. 

Visit each other...


S  p  r  e  a  d  the  LOVE. Thanks :-)









Sunday, November 30, 2014

I Heart Macro 81





blue and gold entwine
weaving forest into sky

alchemy through ice

Welcome to Week Eighty-One
I Heart Macro
"Pure awareness transcends thinking... It allows you to look at the world once again with open eyes. And when you do so, a sense of wonder and quiet contentment begins to reappear in your life."~Mark Williams and Danny Pennman, from Mindfulness An Eight-Week Plan For Finding Peace In A Frantic World

It is time for YOU to share the love up-close with YOUR

I Heart Macro offerings!


Shine the Divine

Enjoy slowing down with your camera, paying full attention, observing beauty and curiosities many people pass right by. Your generosity of spirit and keen eyes may open the door to miniscule miracles and mirth others would not have access to otherwise. Feel free to include poetry, prose and thoughts your macro photo or series inspire(s) in you. Writing is completely optional for participation. Straight out of the camera (SOC), edited, color, black and white; anything goes as long as you bring the viewer near to whatever it is that drew your heart's attention and "woke you up" to full presence.

Please link back to my blog either using the button provided or by linking the words "I Heart Macro" back to my blog with this link: shinethedivinecreativityisaspiritualpractice.com. By sharing the link, visitors to your blog will learn about this meme and have a chance to participate as well if they so choose. 

Visit each other...


S  p  r  e  a  d  the  LOVE. Thanks :-)

  For more macro's I hope you will view my little movie that can be found here with all the beautiful words of thanks from this year's Gratitude Quilt 2014.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Gratitude Quilt 2014

In this moment I am grateful for electricity. Our generator stopped working last night after we returned from our friends home for Thanksgiving dinner (they had power). It was a very cold night, but we managed under many blankets and with our coats and hats on in bed. I am grateful for the internet restored so that I could finally upload the video above to YouTube and our Quilt to Blogger. Thank you for your patience. I am also grateful for a hot shower.



Welcome to our 6th Annual Gratitude Quilt!!!



In this moment as I wake Thanksgiving morning, I am grateful for a cozy bed piled high with blankets after a sudden change in weather. For quietude in our house, the kids still sleeping soundly, for the soft constant purr of our generator that kept us warm through the night, for my kind husband, up and out early helping our new neighbors get theirs started for the first time.  For my sister calling from Pennsylvania to ask how we faired through the storm up here in New Hampshire, “Oh, you lost power? What time? I am grateful that my mother is healing from surgery and saddened by the illness endured by far too many people I know and love, for the violence and tragedies that plague our world. And grateful that I am aware of all of my feelings and for the people who do important work to care for each other, and those who are tirelessly working towards peace and healing our earth. For all of you who paused for a moment to attend your own heart to share what YOU are grateful for and all the sweetness directed toward me. I am thankful for the subtle and dramatic transformations of nature, the beauty and vulnerability of human beings, all of life, for compassion, kindness and love holding all of our brokenness in wholeness so that our holiness shines bright spreading from one point (each soul) outward filling the world. Like the flame of a single candle kissing another wick, the light of the first is not diminished but grows with every successive candle it ignites. I am grateful to each and every one of us for spreading the luminosity of gratitude, for recognizing sparks of joy and blessing in the midst of profound personal challenges, losses and suffering. I led a meditation circle Wednesday morning, just as our first snow of the season was starting to fall. One line from my teaching has threaded its way through my heart and mind after “stitching” together and reading every word of our global outpouring of gratitude: When we remember to listen, Shema, when we declare Echad, the Oneness of everyone and everything, HaVaYaH, Existence, the space between love and truth opens a great expanse; freedom. By acknowledging the truth of our lives with love, no matter what our circumstances happen to be in this moment, saying “thank you” sets us free. ~Laura 225 “patches” make up our quilt, including mine. I think this is the largest one yet, and once again people from every continent except Antarctica have shared their words of thanks. Together, we are blanketing nearly the entire planet with grateful healing energy! Now lets begin with my daughter’s second grade Sunday school students. I transcribed directly from the “Thank You God,” forms they filled out, leaving their spelling and grammar intact. (Because it is sweet, they are little and learning, plus we grown-ups didn’t edit ours.) Dear God, thank you for creating blankets. It is my favorite thing to snuggle. What I like most about it is that it is very fluffy and colorful and furry. And thank you for a fluffy robe to go with it. ~Layla Dear God, thank you for creating elafins. It is my favorite pet. What I like most about it is LOVE. And thank you for stars. ~Silin Dear God, thank you for creating the houses. It is my favorite place to live in. What I like most about it is you can give shelter. And thank you for mansions. ~Sophie Dear God, thank you for creating ise cream. It is my favorite food. What I like most about it is it is sweet. And thank you for air because we would not be able to breth. ~Zach Dear God, thank you for the ocean. It is my favorite place to swim. What I like most about it is that it is blue and shiny. And thank you for fish to go with it and other sea animals. ~Layla Dear God, thank you for books. It is my favorite thing to do. What I like most about it is amagen the pictures. And thank you for dogs. ~Kayden Dear God, thank you for creating oranges. It is my favorite food. What I like most about it is tastey and juisy. And thank you for my dad he loves orangaes. ~Aaron Dear God, thank you for cats. It is my favorite animal. What I like best about it is they are very, very, very, soft. And thank you for thousands of kittens. ~Aliyah Dear God, thank you for creating the tooth fairy. It is my favorite little persin. What I like best about it is she leaves pixe-dust in my room. And thank you for the cats. ~Sarinah Dear God, thank you for creating the sun. It is my favorite thing to be warm with. What I like most about it is you get day time. And thank you for the moon. ~Sophie For life, for survival, for recovery, for bodies' ability to heal, for scars’ capacity to fade. For my family – a strong chain that continues, for love, for memories, for dreams, for tradition For friendships – for the depth and meaningfulness of human bonds For the gift of my profession (I am a psychologist) – the honor of participating in the process of transforming lives For nature that inspires me every single day, for the seasons, for the sun rising every morning with the promise of a new day, for the sea – reflecting my inner landscapes like a mirror For hand-made moments of happiness, for what is yet to come – the scenes that have not yet been written, for the capacity to find bliss, in spite… For books, for poems, for the ability to reflect on life via writing and share what I write with fellow travelers on the path. For hope emerging even in the midst of darkness, for days of cloudless sky, for the power of the human spirit:  In spite of everything – YES! ~Nurit I am thankful for the opportunity, which God has given me, to be a grand mother; my grand daughter, Zuri was 2 years old this October, 2014. Thanks Laura for inviting me to share once more in another Gratitude Quilt. ~Gillena I am thankful for my family and friends all around the world. ~Viv I am grateful for my children and vasectomies. ~Bill For nearly sixty nine years of life, good health, relative sanity, beloved friends, the sweetest husband whom I love, great kids and grand kids, sacred work and beloved students, more than enough, way way more than enough of everything I could possibly want or need. So grateful I am. ~Sheila I am grateful for this body. I am grateful for the air that fills these lungs. I am grateful for the blood that pumps and flows and circulates energy throughout this vessel that carries my Soul. I am grateful for this heart that beats with life. That beats with love. I am grateful for this day. I am grateful for this day to be alive. ~Kim In diesem Moment bin ich dankbar für Menschen wie Laura, die mich einfachen Dingen Menschen zusammen bringen, die mit Inspiration Ruhe und Harmonie schaffen und somit die Welt ein bisschen bunter, intensiver und freundlicher werden lassen. ~Kirsten My photography has taught me gratitude ~ LindyLou I think that I am always grateful for the same things each year, but how can I not be grateful for family, friends, and music?  I mean, I can add a lot of other things like the unwavering love of my dog and cats, or that my boys are not into drinking and drugs and get good grades and scholarships to college, or that my wife and I are in pretty good health, or even that we are gainfully employed and able to live within our means. ~ David Both my parents are alive and well.  Both my kids are in college.  My husband and I love each other as much or more than we did when we got married nearly 25 years ago.  I got born into this amazing tradition called Judaism and found my way toward exploring and living it deeply.  I have friends I can talk to and who can talk to me about how we feel on every level of life.  Most days I remember what is important and what isn't.  For this time - these years, months, weeks, days, moments - I am aware of flowing with the great river of life, the great dance of being - trying to listen deeply, love abundantly and pass on the gifts given to and through me.  ~Nancy I'm grateful for my family. My friends. Good health and beautiful surroundings. For smiles, belly laughs and holding onto hope. ~Hilary I'm grateful for... softly falling snow, my children and their wisdom, the soft fur of my dog, hope in my heart, food, laughter and love. ~Fiona I am grateful for renewed health and strength. I am grateful for the love of a wonderful husband, two adult children and their spouses.  I am grateful for my new granddaughter that was born perfect and healthy. Gratitude fills my heart; that I have strength, capability, and joy in helping others. The love of family and friends surrounds me.   Every day I am grateful for the gift of that day and all the wonders of nature that surround me. For all of these things, and more, I am truly grateful and blessed. ~Jeanie I am grateful that Kay's struggle with dementia ended peacefully and that I am doing well in my adjustment to her passing. I am grateful for my faith community (UUCV) and for all of my supportive family and friends. I am grateful that I can enjoy the luxury of early retirement. I am grateful for my little Shih Tzu, Lizzie, I have wonderful neighbors and a dependable car. I have a comfortable home with plenty of clothes and food. I have more than I need and most of what I want. My gratitude quilt covers me well and wraps me in coziness and comfort. ~Dot I'm gazing at my Daisy. She's sound asleep, tongue hanging from the side, her white hair more visible today than yesterday. She's getting old. I love her so much. I'm grateful for her gentle spirit that spills into mine. I'm grateful that the vet said the lumps on her body are not cancer again. I'm grateful that although it'll be more costly than I'd like, I can pay for the surgery she needs. I'm grateful she chose me as her companion and wags her stubby tail when she sees me. And I think she really SEES me. ~Myrna Quietude...~Susan I am so grateful that my daughter feels so much better after a very hard time in her life. ~Birgitta I am grateful today and every day for the kindness and love and light in the hearts of people from all parts of the world.  Knowing that there are still so many truly kind and caring people makes me want to be kinder and more loving every day, as well.  It's a cycle of light that can't help but make the world a better place. ~Angela Great Spirit of us all, I give thanks for the smiling eyes of my dear husband that greet me each morning, holding me dear. I give thanks for my girls and grandchildren, their laughter balm to my heart.  I give thanks for those who came before and have gone on, leaving a legacy of love and poetry.  I give thanks for my students, each a gift, each a treasure.  I give thanks for all those whose lives have touched mine no matter how briefly.  Each had a lesson to share, a gift to give. Blessed Parent, I thank you today and each day for this most beautiful world in which we live. Each plant, each animal, each molecule of life a sacred reminder of Your love. ~Linda I’m thankful for Oreo, the puppy who came into my life to teach me to laugh more. ~Meri Like strands in the fabric of reality we join together with unconditional love in our hearts to create something much greater than the sum of our parts. ~John I am grateful for the love and support from my family and friends. ~Michelle I'm grateful for family and new beginnings.  I'm grateful that I can keep dear memories close in my heart.  And I am most grateful for my loyal and lovable Bichon Frise, Rascal. ~Sue I am grateful for the ease within the unease that my breath offers, and for the lessons it tells me in tandem with the beat of my heart. ~Lorne -grateful for breathe and life to enjoy this physical/spiritual planet and its environment while here -grateful for sound -grateful for silence -grateful for awareness that I can make a small difference if I share myself rather than hording consciousness, if I nurture a natural curiosity about and empathy among other humans and animals-grateful for the instinct to be a hermit that I step away from and return to without shame -grateful for affection and love that taught me I am seen, that I can be forgiven and it matters that I forgive and love-grateful for this day and its choices ~Susan  I am thankful for my family and friends.   It is their love and light that sustains, suspends and supports me. I am thankful for my health.  It thankfully sees me though. Love’s intangible details, I thankfully have in abundance. ~Karen I am most thankful for our son who brings such joy into our lives, and if everything stopped for me tomorrow I would be at peace knowing that he will always be a source of kindness and strength for his family and his friends. ~Denise I'm grateful to all the friends I've made on the internet. They come from all over the world. Some are acquaintances. Others have become close and treasured friends even though it's unlikely we'll ever meet in person. I love them all, and I can feel their love embracing me and holding me up in this life we share. ~Toni I'm grateful for the sense of peace and contentment I enjoy on a regular basis. For my little flock of hens and our feisty rooster, for the comfort and safety of our home, particularly now as the temperatures begin to plummet outside, and for friends and family, including those with fur. ~Carolynn I'm grateful for the love and support I continually receive from my family and friends. I feel lucky and blessed. ~Sheryl I do not know what I shall meet and see in every of my hike, but we will know each other once we meet. The mushrooms, the winds, the trees, the monkeys etc. And we meet each other in the virtual world. We know each other somehow or another. We call ourselves FRIENDS. ~Looi Grateful to be alive. Everything may not be perfect physically but everything works. Life is a great pleasure for me.  Looking around as we travel the eastern United States there is so much beauty I cannot take it all in. All of life is spiritual for me.  Every part of life is sacred.  Freedom allows me to pursue what I will of God's many faces. Pain is in my life, sure, but a strength greater than mine is always there for me. God Family Friends... earth forest sky universe... Everything I need is here for me... and then... heaven. ~Sandra I am grateful for the touch of my hands upon my heart... for breathing in and out... for the way the sunlight is playing across my desk, streaming through my window to the glory outside reminding me of how precious it is... to be alive... I am grateful for my bloglandia family, for kindred spirits who bring such beauty into form through word and image... I am grateful for my life and being a part of something bigger, dancing among the stars and spreading my arms wide beneath the sun on this glorious earth... ~Lea The sun just peeked in. It's been days since it made an appearance. It warms both space and spirit and I'm grateful for the rays and the color as it passes through the scarlet remnants of the Japanese Maple's leaves outside my office. Gold and red, the light radiates. I hear a Blue Jay's squawk and know one of my cats is too close to the bird feeder. I'm grateful to sit in the light and feel and listen. ~Kim I am grateful that the icy darkness of panic and pain in my squeezed soul has melted and my heart now beats strong, soft and free once again in love, in light, in peace in gratitude ~Pearl I am grateful for the gift of Grace to fully step out on Trust and Faith this year. Without this gift, I would never be finding my way, as I am. ~Carol I am grateful for people who remember me, even though I have disappeared lately. I am grateful for the Season’s change, for the peace and quietude of Samhain/Autumn/Winter when I can gather my thoughts and contemplate where I am going. I am grateful for the Season’s riotous display of brilliant and subdued colors that no man made painting palette can reproduce. I am grateful for breath, for the sun and for the darkness where I am at peace after a day’s toil. I am grateful for love and a husband of 30 years. I am grateful for you, Laura, and spreading this Gratitude Quilt. ~Jane I am so grateful for my family. I am grateful for the fact that we live near enough to be able to spend time together often and that we actually truly enjoy our time together. I am grateful that my parents are healthy and still able to do the things that make them happy. I am grateful for my adorable niece, Maggie Jane, who always energizes me when I’m lucky enough to spend time with her. I am grateful for my brother and the special relationship and friendship we share. I am grateful for my sister-in-law who is also one of my very best friends. I am grateful for my daughter and that she shares her life so openly with me. I am grateful for my husband and the amazing 20+ years that we’ve shared. I am truly grateful for my life! ~Jill At this moment I am grateful for the paradise flycatchers building a nest in my garden. I'm grateful for the little things that raise my spirits. ~Robyn As always, I'm thankful for my family and thankful to be alive. ~Eric Tranquil Clouds Riotous Maple Trees ~Marilyn I am most thankful for my health! This year I made a wonderful new friend and she has been a life saver, I am thankful for all my friends, family and furbabies. And last but never least I am thankful for my talent and for the beauty of everyday. ~Annie air and breath, grass and leaves, sweetness and strength, friendship, song. ~Amy My 2 Chihuahuas are happy and healthy, I have enough food to eat, my mom is healthy, only one more semester left of college before graduation, my friend who has been willing to help me through two semesters of stats and advanced stats classes and has never made me feel stupid even though I think he must think that I am since stats is just a bunch of numbers that mean absolutely nothing to me, that my car still runs even though it's ancient, I haven't lost my house, for my online and IRL friends, 3-day weekends, so far seemingly mild winter, and for life itself. ~Sprinkles A seemingly endless well of resiliency from which I draw. The waters are from... god? The universe? My ancestors? My DNA? Don't know - don't care. Just grateful. ~Naomi I am grateful for my family, and the space to contribute something meaningful to this world. ~Kaveri I am so thankful for those who are closest to me; my family, they mean everything to me. I love them boundlessly, endlessly and unconditionally! ~Bjørg Nina Grateful for the light in Jerusalem, for living in Israel, my Torah teachers who make me cry with the depth of the Torah they teach, my students who receive so deeply and give me the opportunity to offer what I love from my heart, for my gorgeous girl, may G-d watch over her always. For Jonathan who holds me up in so many ways including his doing the dishes after our many Shabbas guests.  For my home, my backyard, my bed at night when I am tired, Shabbas, the swimming pool, and always, always my family and friends.  ~Diane Dear God, Thank you for all the itches and scrapes, the depression and sorrows, the grief and loss.  Because of these You have at last guided me home to my authentic self and I love her so very much. On my knees in gratitude ~Cathy to say yes to life say yes to being open hearted again say yes to softening the edges around where i am hard and resistant love ~Janice I'm grateful for: roof, food, peace, quiet, first snow, writing, inspiration when I have it, chance to do what I love: teach piano, many network friends, living in this time of change, when we have a choice... loving unconditionally the world. ~Irene So grateful for the peaceful, thoughtful moments that come when looking into nature's visual world around us! ~Sherrill At this moment, I am grateful to know that God loves us enough to share the beauty of nature with us. There are so many colors and textures that man could not possibly have imagined them. ~Betty I am grateful for the taste of the mocha I am drinking as I type this, for all the beings who made it possible: the humans and the pollinators, the earthworms and every creature past and present who makes the richness of the soil. For the sun that warms our planet and the rain, for the clear night sky and the stars that cast indomitable light even after they die. Dayenu, dayenu, dayenu. ~Leaf I am grateful to nature for its abundant and lush beauty, may mankind never hurts this beautiful nature and be in harmony with it. ~Vandana I am grateful for the wholeness of being, unfurled in the path of life by love of friends and family. ~ Shashi I am grateful for the courage to strike out, beginning again, anew. I am grateful for my family. I am grateful for my friends. And I am grateful for my practice, which sustains me, moment by moment. ~Larry It has been 3 years. He said it could come back in 2 years, 5 years, 10 years. It's been 3 years. I've continued to teach and learn. I gave danced the hora at different simchot. I have traced my yad under the letters of Torah. I have witnessed the beauty of the Nova Scotia shoreline and found the music of the sea. My children are finding their own paths in life. I spend quiet moments with my husband of almost 30 years. This is living.  ~Noreen I am so very thankful this year to possess the emotional tools to find a way “back into the light” once darkness has overwhelmed my life.  SO many things/events/situations can occur simultaneously (and do) that it is difficult to process, let alone find peace and knowledge in knowing how to handle and help (others).  Communication is a gift that I cherish and I feel capable today to communicate my discontent (when necessary) and then effectively create positive results that I find acceptable.  Knowing myself, understanding I have choices as well as the grace and poise to take “gentle steps” have given me peace and hope in the face of adversity. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy” ~Janet I am grateful for my family. ~Amy Neither the past nor the future belong to us, only the present moment does! ~Namaki I am grateful for the love in my life. ~Ayala Community. ~Anne I am grateful for wonder. Seeing the world around me through my daughter's eyes as she discovers, appreciates, and sees the world through her perspective. Sometimes funny, sometimes beautiful, often amazed. I am grateful for wonder. ~Becky Thankful for nature to love. For photographers that capture the quiet and beauty of plants and flowers, especially close-ups and leaves of changing colors, and cute animals. For my 91 year-old best friend who calls daily to check on me, and feeds me from her garden, and at this season, it is the persimmons, for the working computer where I can listen to spiritual teachings, and to music, and share my writing.  For the sun rising every morning. For my garden and the singing birds. For the health that I have. For my younger sister being nearby, and for my grandbaby who makes me smile. For the opportunity to be part of something bigger, a gratitude quilt, for opportunity to participate in art shows, web sites, and in temples with my music. ~Joy I am incredibly grateful for all the personal connections that I have with many people in this world.  I am blessed to have several close personal friends, a connected family, and a work life that puts me in touch with many beautiful people. ~Leah I am grateful for the ability to breathe easily and freely, and to say ‘asher yatzar’ and other tefilot, with adequate kavana. ~Yehudis  Lebensfreude ~Petra In this very moment, I am grateful that my daughters believe the values we have tried to live are relevant in their adult lives. ~Elaine I am deeply grateful to be alive, to have a husband who loves me beyond measure and an abundance of family and friends that care for and love me very much. I am grateful for a caring team of medical professionals who are assisting me in healing my physical body. ~Jo Finding the road home. ~Donna Rediscovering my brother's love, now that we are in our 60's. ~Caroline I'm so grateful for my friends and family and the spirit of love that connects us to each other. . . like a breath, or a river, or a warm blanket. ~Diane I'm grateful for the great diversity represented among my 5 b'nai mitzvah students and the chance to build a relationship with each. ~Gayle Grateful for my good health. ~Anita contribution of women to the healing of the world ~Barb I am grateful for the experience to live within the embrace of nature, a witness to her wisdom as I share it with others. ~Dawn I am grateful for a recent spontaneous connection with a total stranger, and octogenarian who exudes interest, love and joy, who, in so connecting, reminded me to pay it forward. ~Karen In THIS moment I am grateful that I am not alone. Others have gone before me in their experience. I have companions on this journey of illness and dis-ease. ~Linda I am grateful for my husband who makes me feel special everyday. I am grateful for my daughter who helps me be generous and caring. I am grateful for the 51 yrs. on this planet so I can witness my own growth and maturity. I am grateful for siblings whose parallel development helps me grow. I am grateful for my Dad. I am grateful for being able to work and having meaningful work. I am grateful for being able to live a conscious small town in New England. I am grateful for good health. I am grateful for good food and a beautiful environment to live w/ air I can breath and water I can drink. I am grateful being able to experience Spirit in my life, moments of Divine connection. I am grateful for laughter, dancing, friends, sunshine, snow, hugs, kisses, sex, hiking, playing, animals, lots of animals, traveling and fun. I am grateful for an opportunity to think about for what I am grateful. ~Laura Soft falls the light on garden walls a rose-hued mountain as night's curtain falls a froggy symphony serenades the night sky and grateful, grateful, grateful, I. In this moment, looking back, at all the laughter and tears, joy and pain, so many gifts, so many heartbreaking losses, I am just so incredibly grateful for all that was. A lifetime of miracles. And they keep coming. ~Sherry I'm grateful for friends and family, and that family members are on the mend and doing better health-wise. I'm also grateful to be able to do what I love to do, writing, and to have an opportunity to learn and grow in my writing journey. ~Jerry I am so grateful that I learned how to read. When I read I can learn about how others feel and think and how their lives are experienced every day and how they were experienced in different places and in the past.  I worry that there are people who cannot read even though they wish desperately that they could. ~Gail I am grateful for the gift of breath, this sacred infusion of well-being that reminds me I am eternally embraced by the Divine—no matter what is happening in my life. I am safe, I am loved, I am free. ~Jan More than ever this year I am grateful for health and wellness.  I am grateful that at 57 years of marriage we still find joy in being together on the ordinary days and in experiencing new things together.  And after spending over three months traveling through Alaska in a 20-foot camper van, I am grateful that we still like each other! ~Sallie Peace, sounds of rainfall, a dog at my feet, calm heart, a day's work done. ~Imelda I am grateful for Zentangle; both doing it and looking at pics shared by others. ~Tammy spiral staircases ~Leslie I am grateful to have been able to share sooo many special moments with my beautiful sweet mother...and I will cherish them always!!! ~Marcy I am deeply grateful for all the courageously creative women who come and paint with me. ~Chris I am grateful for family, friends, and the world around me. ~David For the beauty of the earth for the glory of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies; Lord of all to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. ~Hannah I am grateful for friends who remind me to be conscious of gratitude. I am so thankful for warmth, love and safety on this chilling night. I am thankful for my kids and my beautiful grandson. I am grateful for a loving partner who is always open to improving himself and influences me to do the same. I am grateful for the laughter of children and so happy to witness their generosity and love on a daily basis. I'm grateful for faithful and loving animals. I am eternally grateful for creativity and the passion it inspires. ~Lisa I am grateful for the internet, which so extends my circle of friends, the audience for my writing, my access to the news of the day, and my scope for indulging my hobbies such as photography. ~ Rosemary I am grateful for my senses, so that I can enjoy this world. Fabulous food, beautiful autumn leaves, chanting... all because of my senses. ~Martha I am grateful for my health, strength and energy. My husband is disabled in several ways, and I have been able to keep us going. I am also grateful that he can express his emotions and deep thoughts. ~Aviva I am grateful for my health, strength and energy. My husband is disabled in several ways, and I have been able to keep us going. I am also grateful that he can express his emotions and deep thoughts. ~Aviva For suffering so much throughout my life so that I can comprehend and recognize suffering and thereby extend myself to others without fear of depletion. ~Wallis Afternoon solitude, silence broken by shuffle, scuffle of autumn leaves, crisp breeze, chirp and chatter amid bare-limbed trees, silhouettes against a pewter sky, communion of mountain laurel murmuring memories, whispering white promises of coming snowfall and future blossoms. ~Pamela Trees trees trees trees trees trees ~Sadie clarity ~Deb I am grateful for the opportunity that I am given...every day...to teach, to change lives...to help my students be the best, kindest human beings they can be! ~Carolyn I am grateful for a career I can be proud of and co-workers who are outstanding as human beings and as professionals. I am grateful for the friends I share the world with, they make me see its beauty every day. I am grateful for my children, who are so close to my heart, they can never understand until they have kids of their own. I am especially grateful for my understanding husband who is glad to let me be who I am and fly free. I have a beautiful life. ~Diana I'm thankful for friends who remind me of the blessing of life ~Cheri the life of life. ~GalorYa For me it's all about having a second chance at happiness. It is unexpected. Maybe undeserved. But very appreciated. Not about NEEDING someone to make me feel valued. Rather someone to confirm what I already knew. Life is beautiful and fragile. Enjoy everyday and understand it is a blessing rather than a right. ~Abbie Humor.  I love that my family laughs. ~RJ Life . . . the wisdom and good heart of others. ~Rick Image of a leaf... A glowing leaf beckons… the area where we stay has never witnessed fall colors of other countries… where did that leaf come from?... Is it time for me to drift away from this tree of life… she glows…wow… I give her a gender…she is a symbol of life of energy, of creation…so maybe I’m right…is she calling? Or just trembling in the breeze? So bright and vibrant… how can she fall with so much color in her heart? We shall follow her when it’s time… not now… surely… but who knows? I’m thankful that I was born, thankful that I’ve seen many a season, thankful that I’m breathing still and have made friends, good souls shall I say... from all over the world and offered a chance to share my inner thoughts to be read… I’m thankful that I’m born in a time when all this is possible. ~Sumana So grateful for trees and flowers and the beautiful nature that surrounds us. ~Patricia Today I’m most thankful for my happy, healthy, funny children.  And my dogs ditto. ~Cheryl Grateful for a life well lived in peace, harmony, laughter and love.  Where uncertainty and change fill me with happiness, and enhance and inspire my courage and creativity. ~Donna I am grateful for my breath. ~Sue I am grateful to live in the United States of America, grateful for the bountiful pleasures we receive from Mother Nature. ~Judie I am most grateful for in this moment it is for people like you who endorse a gratitude practice as means for changing lives, our own and the world. ~Sue I’m grateful for all of the friends I have that make me happy, relaxed and comfortable so that I can just be ME. ~Rosie More peace of mind than I had before ~Debbie Right in this moment...I'm grateful for the warmth and light of my home on this blustery, November evening. ~Robin I am thankful for all the people I have met throughout my life. All the chance meetings that have turned into lifelong friendships. Even the relationships that didn't end so well, they got me to where I am today. I am thankful for all the strangers that have become friends and even family and I look forward to all the strangers I have yet to meet! ~Katie Warmth ~Emily I am grateful for the amazing blessing of this life.  I think of the people I love and I just feel lucky to have this chance to love them.  Despite-- and with-- all of my limitations and the world's many limitations, I still feel utter wonder and awe-- yirah-- at the beautiful realities of this vast life and world. ~Jordan The Breath of Life that flows through All! ~Gavriel I am thankful for my family, the love of my husband who recently flew away to heaven.  I am grateful I had the privilege of knowing him for 33 years.  The way friends have gathered around me to help is like watching an unfurling rose in spring.  I am thankful for God who cares for me and surrounds me with His love.  I am amazed at the miracles He has performed on behalf of my family. I am grateful for my three children, who loved their Daddy so much. ~Beth I am grateful for the "all clear" after receiving a few wonky tests of my cancer antigens. I am grateful to be going to spend Thanksgiving with extended family, for the first time in decades.  I am grateful for the sunshine streaming through the warm rusty colored leaves outside my windows.  I am grateful for the constant, steady love and support my husband gives me, and for the joy my pup brings to me heart daily. ~Karin I am grateful for friends who bring stars when my world goes dark. They come when the first tear falls and hold me until I can smile again. ~Susie I am filled with gratitude that I have a healthy body and I am able to go for long walks on beautiful (and not so beautiful) days. ~Nancy I am so thankful that my 29 year old youngest son has finally found a reading tutor who has been able to help him, and he now believes that he will soon be able to read and fill in forms.  Also that he has lived in his own flat for a whole year, and has settled well.  At last we have hope for his future. ~Meri My deepest gratitude is for a dream that I have manifested. I opened a gallery 2 years ago and I have been so amazed at the synchronicity it has brought... meeting a community of artist that has me in such awe. So many beautiful connections. I am so blessed and so very grateful that I am doing what I love to do, creating art, creating community. I'm grateful that I have so much to be grateful for! ~Doreen I'm sitting at my desk - a mess of papers and books, a laptop, an ipad, a picture of my dogs, some silly, useless gifts my husband gave me - his attempt to show materially how much he loves me. Above me is a cartoonish painting of a woman jumping, smiling. It has writing on it. It says, "I get up. Sometimes I fall. But I keep on Dancing." This is another of my husband's gifts. Suspended from the ceiling is a little wooden prop plane. A friend sent it to me as our private pact to keep writing. Suspended from another side of the ceiling is a gift from my daughter - a string of little stuffed colorful elephants. On my desk there is also a small Buddha, a picture of Ama - the hugging saint, (remnants of things I no longer need), an abstract picture drawn by my grandson, some marbles (a reminder to myself to write my little children's book), a mug of coffee, some pens, pencils, a cd of Reiki music, which I played when I gave my friend Reiki a few weeks ago. I realize that all of these THINGS symbolize something about me. Oh my God, I am so fortunate, so blessed, to be here now. Thank you!! ~Myrna When we look up to the stars we can feel our ancestors blessing us with their light and love. ~Anita I am thankful for the things I have yet to discover ~ Lonny i'm grateful for the web of love and connection.  pure kindness and goodness, the unconditional of rhonda, kessia, ravi, jason, matthew, phoebe, my mom, my pops, my own heart beating and beating, teaching me over and over to love and trust, trust and love. ~Alyson Peace ~Mimi Right now I am grateful for a warm house and a good husband and family who loves me. ~Anne Marie I love where I live in the world. ~Jaclyn I teach a 3-4 year old Sunday School class.  Many times I will ask the children to tell me something they are thankful for, and many times they say, “everything”.     I, of course, want them to think in detail a little more so I ask them to tell me one thing they want to thank God for.   But, I think they have it right with their initial answer.  God gives us, essentially, “everything” that is important and that we need.  Why not let him know that we are so grateful and appreciative of his loving care, and tell him "thank you for everything". ~Mickie I am grateful for the wonderful life I have the privilege of living. Happy home life and healthy family members. Wonderful adventures and exciting activities. ~Merle I am grateful for God's love and guidance in my life becoming clearer as I struggle to attune myself to it, for it is always there. His Love is an ever-present source of comfort. ~Sandy I am so grateful for the way that love begets more love in ever widening and mysterious circles. ~Lisa I am grateful for learning to see with my heart. ~Jen I am thankful for diversity and caring people. I am thankful for those who came before me and stood up for their beliefs so that I can have the right to believe what ever I want to. I am also thankful for my friends and family who continue to support me every day. ~Rachel I’m grateful for the honor and privilege to assist my mom in her sacred journey towards the end of life and for the healing that it is providing. ~Becca I am grateful to hang on to be held up and to assist others: we never hang alone. ~Susan I’m thankful for innovation, for the age that we live in filled with connectors like you, Laura, bringing ideas together to create something truly uplifting. I am thankful for a supportive family of loved ones and friends who will always be together no matter how physically far we are apart. I am thankful for opportunity, and to live in a generation of compassion, courage, and adventure. Overall I feel so lucky to share in the warmth, love, and peace that rises above the chaos we face in this world.  ~Eve I am most grateful for time. Simply that...time. For this moment. And this one. The time I have left to tramp this dirt, to express myself creatively as I never had time to before, time to show love to my new granddaughter and to those I waited so long to show. That's what I am grateful for this very moment. ~Joe I am grateful for having 2 healthy children. I am grateful for being born in America. I am grateful to wake up in the morning, and you know what? It's just that simple!!! ~Galen I am grateful for my sight and the ability to appreciate the beauty and bounty of the world around me. ~Sid I'm grateful for the opportunities I have to make a difference. ~Meryl I am grateful each morning when I see I am rooted to earth. I am grateful each morning to see that sky is the limit. I am grateful that I can feel my soul. I am grateful that I know how precious a smile can be. ~Sreeja These Sunflowers recently popped up out of the excess birdseed that fell to the ground below our bird feeder. Each day when I stare out of our bedroom window, they greet me with a marvelous smile. Thank God for the unexpected blessings that can temporarily soothe my soul. I am so grateful. ~Deb So grateful for my husband. ~Shannon Even dark November ends soon the candlelight will shine and burn the mud to growth.  ~Bjorn so full of gratitude every day…right now, for being in good health, warm and cozy in our snow blanketed michigan world, with my husband’s guitar in the background playing lovely jazz renditions of songs like ‘try a little tenderness’ and how well he takes care of our home and his thoughts as we begin discussing what’s next for our 70s…changes to be made in housing. a big transition in the not too distant future== leaving this place after more than a quarter of a century. a condo?? yikes! and oh a few friends who are so supportive... and opportunities that i have to share art making...and for folks like laura who remind so many to stop, breathe, and fill your heart with the sweet goodness of your breath. ~Nancy I’m amazing grateful for my boyfriend. He’s a constant positive influence in my life. He makes me happy and has for the past two years. I feel safe, comfortable, loved and really cherished. ~Belin Walking on a lonely path alone. Listening to music of nature & birds, smelling the aroma of wild flowers n fruits, seeing the vibrant colors of flora n fauna, what else I need? 
Taking a deep breath, now the mind and the soul is synced. ~Thilak My soul and body moves with nature's instruction. Feeling the nature's creativity in me every moment now, would like to thank god for this wonderful experience. ~Dhana In this moment, I am most grateful for the teachers who have inspired, enlightened, and uplifted me through life. I am also grateful for my students who are also my wonderful teachers. I am ALSO grateful to sit by a warm wood stove on a chilly evening and enjoy that awesome dark chocolate I get from Trader Joes!  ~Art Chocolate! ~ Moni I am grateful that I had my little dog Gidget. She was a rescue who opened my heart wide and filled my home with love. She taught me to live in the moment, to wag my tail when I'm happy, to let things flow. I only had her a year but my heart is ever so grateful for the many gifts of love, companionship, laughter and fun that she gave to me. I love my Gidgie-boo! ~Rose I'm grateful for graduating high school. I'm also grateful for the love and support I have from my friends and family while trying to find a job. ~Reggie As the snow falls and I relax in front of the fire in my humble home with a man who shows his love for me in every meaningful way, I realize how blessed I am.  As I contemplate the loving relationship between my children and my parents, I realize how blessed I am.  As I close my eyes to thank my God for the little things that make my heart full, I realize how blessed I am. ~Marie Elena At this very moment, I am so grateful for the souls I meet that just blow my mind. People like you. You are very rare and far between. ~Lonny I had an African American patient today who as a child attended a grade school where there were not enough right-handed desks (you might not be old enough to remember the type that you slid into sideways with a pear shaped desk in front) and he had to sit in one that was left handed. That’s why when I asked him if he was right or left side dominant during my exam, he answered he was right handed, but wrote with his left hand. It stopped me cold and I was speechless for a moment while I thought about his life and mine. I am thankful for my health, sailing friends, Lynelle and daughter Sydelle. ~Bill Thanks for bringing us to this day. ~Cloudia Among the multitude of blessings in my life, I'm also grateful knowing that I'll never be able to say the words, "I've learned enough!" ~Sharon I'm grateful for facebook friends who are so generous and helpful almost immediately, for sons, for the miracle that is music, for literature and poetry, for the beautiful lines in my husband's face. ~Jill I'm grateful for friends. ~Ben This year I am thankful for many things. Mostly though, I am thankful for my loving family and friends who have supported me and helped me to succeed in all that I put my mind too. I've really come to appreciate how lucky I am to have them all in my life. ~Becca Passion, listening, space, laughter, family, friends, story. ~Michael I’m grateful for health insurance, because so many people don’t have it. It has allowed our family to receive the medical care we need. ~Gordon Dear God, I am grateful for my dad... And all fathers who love and support their children...and give them wings. ~Peggy I am grateful for fire and rain, light and shadow, for wind and moon and sun for each and every star in its place, and for the place I have, amidst it all. ~Mary I am grateful for the quilt I have woven thus far in my journey through THIS LIFE I live. Grateful to have children as they are a true life force: I have and will always be grateful for all I am able to be, provide and do for them with the means I have. Grateful to those who have come into my life, influenced my live, inspired my life and shared with me their life knowledge that has taught me high morals and values. Grateful to those have the made the choice to stayed in my life and for those who have moved on. I wish you the best. Thank you for your love along the way. Grateful to come to the realization that I am the foundation for my own happiness on this journey and will allow nobody to take that from me. Grateful to live with a clear vision of peace of mind when I rest my head each night. Grateful to those who believe in me and support my thoughts and actions. Grateful to give back by listening, and sharing thoughts, ideas and support. Grateful to have Laura Hegfield / Shine the Divine in my thoughts each day and to be a part of Laura's world and gratitude quilt. ~Mitchell Bittersweet twines, grasps a hold of bricks and posts as kale flashes lavender corsages; no deferring to colors smoldering. I'm thankful for these competitors for late fall's seasonal color, splashing their vibrant hues amongst a backdrop of waning glory, for tyrannical crows who claim field and fence where little bluebirds and cardinals mid-summer freely danced and swooped. I'm thankful for the westerly sinking sun quietly draping hills and valleys with soothing shades of velvety grays and crystal kisses, for crisp air that chills my cheeks, makes me hurry homeward toward promises of smoldering hearth, entwined arms and legs. I'm thankful for celebrating together the richness of another season's coming and going and the bountiful gifts that life and death provide. ~Margaret Safety. Opportunity. Knowledge. Connections. ~Marilyn I am grateful for the bright spirit of my daughter and sharing my life with her, and my wonderful wife and my two dogs. When I am asked to say in the moment what I am most grateful for, that is it: the simple sweetness of my family. And also how it radiates out into our neighborhood and our extended web of family and friends. ~Daniel Coming to clarity is what I’m grateful for as well as angels with skin on. ~Paula In this moment, I am grateful for --meaningful work, that gives me a sense of purpose--my husband's love and friendship--my loving, healthy, bright, spunky children, who ask such great questions, make me laugh daily--access to healthy food, for myself and my family--safety from natural disasters.  I'm sending prayers for the people in Buffalo right now, including family there.  And I'm reminded of recent frightening storms that hurt even more folks (Sandy, Katrina, Irene, and typhoons and tsunamis in other countries in recent years). ~Miranda I am grateful for all of the time I've been able to spend with my Grandmother - she is my motivation, my biggest fan, and a constant reminder that I've been blessed with a wonderful upbringing and family. ~Zena I'm happy to be alive. ~Marilyn I am thankful for the abundance of the universe, blessed and grateful for everything I have. ~Gabrielle 2014 has had me counting my blessings all year and my heart is full to overflowing with gratitude, peace and joy.  ~Stacy I am delighted and grateful that Mom's long ordeal of pain is now going to pass.  This has been a very difficult period for her and she deserves now to get relief.  I am so thankful that she can again smile and take pleasure in living. ~Dad I am grateful this year for what I think will be successful surgery to relieve unrelenting pain.  More than that is the knowledge that medicine today can help so many people in pain with new technologies. ~Mom This moment I am grateful for having had a really good year so far, for family coming to visit soon and all of us going on a vacation together, for everyone in my family being happy and healthy this year and for me to have found my artist’s voice! ~Silke I am grateful for the sun that comes up every morning without me having to ask it to. I am grateful for my connection to the Divine Spirit, and for my awareness of it. I am grateful for my unlimited capacity to love and be loved. I am grateful to be a soul housed in a body that works fairly well almost all of the time. I am grateful for music, for my ability to make it, and to make others happy with my music. I am grateful for my amazing musical family, and for all of my friends and loved ones. I am grateful for puppies, and kittens, and birds, and flowers, and herbs and trees and fresh air and nature and art and the smell of pot roast cooking in my crock-pot on a Sunday. But most of all, I am grateful to be able to appreciate all of these things. Gratitude is the best feeling one can have. Gratitude is pure love. So I guess what I am most grateful for is... Gratitude itself. The ability to feel it, the ability to deeply appreciate people and things, the ability to love this imperfect life with all my heart. I am grateful to be alive, to be aware, to be present, to love and be loved. I am grateful to be able to feel genuine gratitude every day. ~Jenn Grateful for my busy and full life. My life partner and the four wonderful children that I care for each and every day. I am grateful for the adventures ahead and cherish those that I have already lived.  And most grateful that I have the capacity and the means to help others and make some small difference in their lives.  ~Jane I am thankful for a fresh start, and for bosses who support me.  I am thankful for my family, for my warm house, and for my friends. ~Shoshana What am I grateful for? Well, not only for my family and friends, but for meeting people like you in blog land. Truth!  ~Denise In this moment, I am grateful for the art form of live theatre, to which I devoted much of my youth, and which, until recently, I bitterly resented. I resented theatre for not living up to my childhood expectations, and I resented it for taking up time and energy that I might have spent raising a family or following other career paths. But a funny thing happens when you live long enough, experience real loss, and let go of the entitled feeling that comes with trying to feed your ego: you grow up. And in doing so, I realized that theatre had not let me down, but that my expectations had. And that, miraculously, if I let go of my expectations, the art form that I had once dearly loved could again give me creative sustenance. Something doesn't have to be the center of your life to bring you joy. The play is the thing---and the thing is love. ~Donna Right now, I am most grateful for you, dear Laura, for weaving this tapestry of connection from one to another of us as we float in various parts of this country and the world along the arc of this spinning blue marble we all share.  I am grateful, for the kindness of your heart that continues to spill with a golden light through the darkest shadows that you often encounter and in so doing light the way for me as I stumble along my own dim path. I am grateful that in a world where there is too often, a lack of hope, of love, and of inspiration - you not only exist, but you shine with a generosity of spirit and strength of love that is in fact, for me, the essence of all that is holy.   Thank you.  ~Pearl I am grateful for all of you - every one of you who, like me, are fighting bravely to hold onto light and love and hope, in the midst of life's battles. I am grateful because as you fight, your light shines. And the light you shine is not lost. It builds and builds and builds, until somehow it spills over into my darkness, and I am lifted up, again, to keep fighting another day. ~Leslie I am grateful for the time I get to spend with my family and friends. Each moment is special and sweet. Finding time in our busy lives to stop and enjoy the people is so important to me. ~Amy I am grateful for the Wisdom of God that continues to come to me and, however slowly (due to my struggle sometimes to receive it), overtake my "mind".  ~Olga I am grateful for reaching the stage in my life when I can be retired, still with my health and my healthy husband, to be able to choose how we and I continue to develop over these recent years. ~Becky We are grateful for our teachers. ~Lilliane & Abner I am thankful for my grateful heart and spirit.. and for everyone, every circumstance, every synchronicity and blessing that has graced my life. I am thankful to to trust, knowing that all is well, even when it might not appear to be so. Life and love are overflowing, for this and so much more... I am thankful. ~Cheryl I am thankful for my grateful heart and spirit... and for everyone, every circumstance, every synchronicity and blessing that has graced my life. I am thankful to to trust, knowing that all is well, even when it might not appear to be so. Life and love are overflowing, for this and so much more... I am thankful. ~Fran I am grateful to God for the health and happiness showered on us! I am thankful for the peace in my life! ~Indrani I am grateful for the love of a good man, for my wonderful sons & their beautiful girls & that I'm part of this crazy mixed up world, a place where I am needed.  ~Emma For love... for the dharma... for the beautiful places on this earth where nature still rules and humans are secondary. ~Lisa I am grateful for the world's activists, especially those who fight for justice for those no longer with us or for ones who just need a louder voice. It's easy to root from behind the laptop for the underdogs, but to actually do the work, sometimes putting one's self in harm's way, is truly admirable. These are the people who right the world's wrongs and for them I am grateful. ~Holly I am grateful for the fog which blurs ones vision and reduces visibility down to nothing. I am grateful to finally be forced to stand still and accept it all. I am grateful that I can welcome the uncertainty for deep within it lie the seeds of hope. I am grateful that I can welcome my fear and recognize it as my own. I am grateful that this fear tempers my actions and reactions. I am grateful that this fear sets a bar upon which I can climb. I am grateful that I am connected to a higher purpose and that that purpose affirms my humanity. I am grateful for the words which flow; a steady stream of consciousness that my own ego tries to claim. I am grateful that I can listen and, in that stillness amidst the fog, I hear nature's psalms and revelations. I hear nature's secrets in a language long forgotten yet intrinsic to my being; nature's lullaby for this sleeping human who is caught somewhere between sleep and wakefulness. ~Meena I am grateful every day for the growing confidence I feel in my chosen field of elementary education. I am grateful to be entering my semester of student teaching with a mentor who I already have a positive working relationship with and a class full of kids I adore. I am grateful that my sister is home for the whole week and that we have become so close over the last few years. I am so thrilled that the two of us will be traveling to Israel together in less than a month. I am grateful that my dad's cancer treatment has not changed his daily standard of living and that he has not let his disease affect his positive moods. I am grateful for the opportunities I get to perform for audiences and share the stage with people I love. I am mostly grateful that my family and friends support me in every element of my life and make me believe that I can make it through any challenge I face. ~Lauren Heavenly Father, thank you for indigo, and turquoise, and periwinkle and cornflower…for Lake and sea and sky and flower. I see you in these deep blue places, and in the deep blue of my own longing heart. Thank you for meeting me right where I am, and loving me wholly. Thank you for the moon, and her borrowed light. May I shine just a brightly, as I reflect you. ~De I am grateful for my increasing capacity to experience my emotions, pleasant and unpleasant, and to hold them all at the same time with grace and compassion, and with less desire to understand their origins. ~Marc I am grateful for the passionate, inspiring people—some old friends, some new acquaintances—that I am led to. Connection. ~Mike I’m grateful for my wonderful healthy kids. ~Ann I am grateful for 33 years, 3 months and 3 weeks of marriage to the love of my life. I am grateful for family and friends who carry me now. I am grateful for my daughter who is my rock and support, and for my son-in-law and two grandsons. And I'm grateful to you Laura, for doing this every year! ~Inger I'm especially grateful for forgiveness this year. Forgiveness of body in healing, forgiveness of others and in others, forgiveness of nature and mankind, forgiveness from my Higher Power who I call God. ~Laurie Thankful I am able to go to college this year and make friends and learn. ~Will  I could find many various things from the blogger site. I want to express my gratitude to the all o my blogger friends. ~Minoru I moved to someplace simpler inside me a place born of living, of expectations in line with the care of my garden. In autumn, I find it best to prune a bit to find the nub of new life on the vine, and to cut carefully, knowing that life pushes its way through again. ~Audrey there is so much to be grateful for...I don't even know where to start... I'm simply grateful for this life experience, which I'm learning to enjoy no matter what. Thank you for letting me to share my life experience with you. ~Elena