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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Changes Gradual

Or should I say change IS gradual. Last night I was able to speak with my normal voice for 1/2 an hour! So I think the steroids are finally kicking in. Not sure how long until the Tysabri makes a difference. Walking is still a challenge this week...but breath by breath...moment by moment...step by step...changes gradually unfolding. This morning, well, back to my unusual accent. It's ok, this was exactly how it was with Salvador Dali Vision...once the meds kicked in it took 2 weeks of vision going back and forth (mostly forth)...so me and my imaginary pal Patience are just hanging out, sipping herbal tea, munching delightful cookies and enjoying conversation about enjoying each moment and how much we will miss my combo toddler/asian/southern/yoda/broken english accent when it is completely gone. (all of this is happening in my mind, mind you) Have you noticed that my grammar is improving in writing...this is a good sign that the swelling is going down (having a swollen head is not very lady-like, not that I'm that much of a lady...I think I'm more like a wise teenager...trapped in a 44 year old, breaking down body. I honestly think that's why I really connected with my teenage students when I was teaching all those years of Hebrew High Yoga Art & Jewish Spirituality classes and Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing!).

Speaking of teenagers....this one IS a LADY....remember on my last post I mentioned Belin dressing up for her friend's sweet 16 Twighlight Themed Party?

Notice the red eyes? I like how they match the red-rose choker...very VAMPIRE if you ask me. I love happy photo accidents like this! I told you, there is a Grace Kelly elegance to my daughter...maybe it's just me...but I'm telling you I totally see it!

Onto a completely different but pertinent subject. (oooh, even my vocabulary is improving!)

This is a quick reminder...tomorrow is THANKSGIVING...and at the moment I have 96 responses to my Mega Moebius Gratitude Quilt...I really wanted to hit 100, so there is still time if you want to send me a message (by 6pm tonight east coast time USA)...tick tock... laura@shinethedivine.com

May today...be a day of joyful cooking for everyone preparing meals for tomorrow's feast...despite the completely overcast, dense gray November sky, the girls are going to help me prepare a tangy, warm curry to take to our friends for tomorrow. Got to bring a bit of warmth into this dark day. I will be supervising from a stool. (can't stand very long yet)...2 of us are complete vegetarians, Me and Belin (go figure, vampire child doesn't eat anything that used to bleed)...so I feel we must contribute something with veggie protein to share with our omnivorous friends.

9 comments:

  1. I am without a computer. I'm at the library now checking emails,etc.
    Just wanted to come by to say "Thank you" and I'll stop by hopefully early next week with a cleaned up computer :-)
    Being thankful for all the blessings in the wonderous world!
    Many blessings to you.
    Doreen

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  2. Have a lovely day tomorrow Laura... hope this posts ok, it seems last couple of replies havn't reached you...pesky internet... never mind, they were only long ways to say... so much love to you sweetie.... xx

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  3. Thank you Suzi dear, bummer that I didn't get your other comments, I love hearing from you! Don't forget to stop by and read the longest blog post in internet history tomorrow...over 100 gratitude contributions!!!!

    xoxox
    Laura

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  4. Oh i'll be stopping by alright... sounds like i need to reserve the day to read..... lol, was just thinking when read last post bout treatment.... you could make chinese water torture sound like a 'must do' holiday activity! glad you had sis with you x

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  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

    Beautiful post. And thank you for your sweet words and birthday wishes!

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  6. Hello dear heart! And yes, she does have that "Grace Kelly" elegance! I love the little curl that's just hanging down! So lovely!

    Unfortunately, we are up in the mountains and our Internet service is VERY sketchy, so I will not be able to complete my gratitude post before Thanksgiving. I should not have kept putting it off, but it has been a sad week. One of my dearest friend's eight year old son just relapsed with a very deadly form of cancer. They discovered a tumor on Friday, and by yesterday, we found out that it is Stage IV. He went through absolute hell the first time around, but he did beat the odds once. He has neuroblastoma which is a particularly aggressive form of cancer. Five years and eight months ago, he went through two stem cell transplants. The past years have definitely been a miracle, but now he must battle again. My heart is broken. Life IS so precious.

    I have some other things going on, but I will have to tell you about them in an email. It has to do with my brother's daughters. he passed away last year, and I am being forced to fight.

    Please have a joyous Thanksgiving and know that I count you as a great blessing in my life. Enjoy your day, and let everyone else cater to you! You deserve to be pampered! I cannot wait to read your moibus and will post my portion of it when I return home and have reliable computer service!

    Much love and lots of hugs,
    Debbie

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  7. Laura,
    I'll try to stop back tomorrow before we head out of town - although if I don't make it - I'll stop back later in the weekend. Sending love and pumpkin pie your way! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving day!

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  8. Deb,
    I am so, terribly sorry for this news. I send love and healing to this beautiful child and his family, and you and all of their friends...healing takes so many forms, not always the one we wish for, but God is not a wish granter. God (in my understanding of God) is the Presence that surrounds us and fills us, giving us strength to endure, to grieve and to love even more when we feel lost, alone and afraid...That is how I know God in difficult times and joyful times too.

    Refuah Shelema,
    Love,
    Laura

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