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.


Monday, April 5, 2010


a new day begins

cool air
lips pursed
color kisses the day

secreted beneath the cover of leaves

a periwinkle looks up expectantly
as if waiting for me
to notice her presence

I lift my face
to a now brilliant sky
green buds birthing

red blossoms bursting

yellow stars dancing
on slender branches

fully awake
to the glory
of a single morning

to a Presence
my mind will never
a knowing my heart
cannot deny

When I greet a moment with awareness, with gentleness and good will,the veil of morning fog parts and I feel like Dorothy stepping out of the house and entering the enchantment (reality?) of Oz. I am so grateful to Sylvia Boorstein for the metta practice she has been sharing through the Spirituality & Practice e-course I have been privileged to be a part of for the past 3 weeks. We have two more lessons, and I am noticing that my heart is more and more open every day, just like the crocuses above. To me, open means feeling really happy, content and also means fully feeling when I am angry, hurt, sad or frustrated. means recognizing the possibility of responding to myself and others with more compassion when my temper flares, judgment takes me by surprise, or sadness is momentarily overwhelming. I want to thank my friend Jan Lundy who recommended this course and is sharing this journey with me. What a blessing to be connected to such a bright shining soul. Actually the blessing is far more expansive as I am now connected to many bright shining souls...each of you reading this blog entry, sojourners on the way, must be included- each of you one of the bright forsythia star blossoms I have been blessed to meet heart to heart on this road called life!

On this the last day of Pesach (Passover),
may all be free from the bondage of suffering imposed by others or by our own hardened hearts. May we soften and open to the wisdom of compassionate living.

may we all feel safe
may we all feel happy
may we all feel strong
may we all live with ease

may it be so
for all living things
for all beings
today and every day

gentle steps,


  1. absolutely gorgeous, serene and a feeling of peaceful joy! thanks you!

  2. Gorgeous photos...I particularly like the contrast between the deep grey of the top one and the bright colors of those below.

    Speak of awareness, or a lack thereof, has this blog always been called "Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice"? For all this time, I've been reading the title as "Creativity AS a Spiritual Practice"...

  3. It seems those bright forsythia blossoms and all they signify, yellow stars each, are forming a beautiful new constellation in your life!

  4. Dr.Jay you are right! I changed it and YOU are the only person to have noticed (or at least noticed and mentioned it) I think I must devise a prize for this astute observation. hmmm.

  5. Another lovely post, Laura! I enjoyed your photos and your words. Thank you!

  6. Beautiful photos
    Powerful words
    Amazing Grace

  7. Such beautiful photos to go along with the beautiful words! Together, they're like a song or a dance, engaging, light, happy.

    Some might think that awareness is all about light and love, but awareness is about being aware of all things. As you know, one of my favorites is "receive what you are given," the good and the bad, the light and the darkness. Being aware of the light allows us to be in the dark and to shine our own light within.

    You are a blessing, Laura, as is dear Jan. I feel humbly gifted to know you. "May we soften and open to the wisdom of compassionate living." Amen amen amen

  8. thank you for your blessing and each and every photo that you share with us. You capture the spirit of the beauty of spring in a lovely way. Wishing that your blessing for us is your blessing as well.

  9. You have captured and conveyed your thoughts so poignantly and complimented them well in images. I love the idea of the crocuses and I love that picture.
    Thank you so much for your comment yesterday. I will for sure look into that phenomenon you mention (and that I too recognize;) and get back to you;).
    Have a lovely day,

  10. your thoughtfulness is touching, all is so personal. Very different from the 'creative-only' blog I maintain, i like your writing a lot. Thanks for sending me the link,

  11. Oh, I receive your soft hearted praye with open petals:) It sounds like Sylvia's metta practice really did a number on you. You are in love, and it shows!

    My favorite lines:

    'a periwinkle looks up expectantly
    as if waiting for me
    to notice her presence'

    Did you see yourself in that flower???

  12. In response to everyone's thoughtful comments...I feel held by your loving words!

    My Mermaid friend, I had not thought of myself hiding in that tiny blossom...but of course I was there! You are so right.

  13. Thank you for nudging my soul with these gorgeous and touching [that one periwinkle] photos of new birth. Happy spring!

  14. Beautiful and amazing scenes.
    Great captures!

  15. I stopped by specifically this morning to once again enjoy these delightful photos of spring and to read again the quote you keep posted:
    Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.
    ~Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
    His words came to me yesterday as I watched storm clouds pass over on my drive home. I had been rushing around all morning getting things done and realized on my way home that none of that really mattered. It also didn't matter that I didn't do everything on my to-do list. In my mind I combined the thoughts ~ Just to be is holy. That's what matters.

  16. The misty mysterious photo is breathtaking.

  17. what a lovely post- the pictures and words combine to form a complete work of art.

  18. an enchanting pleasure :)x

  19. I, too, have participated in some of the Spirituality & Practice email workshops. I truly enjoyed them! Such a small world!



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