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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.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Shine, Shine, Shine!

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Skywatch Friday

This photo is not "perfect", it's a bit fuzzy because of the low light and the fact that I took the shot hand held (no tripod), and my hands are not completely steady...but still, to me it is beautiful. And why am I making excuses? It is beautiful, and I'm happy to share it with all of below for more on "imperfection"...

My friend Jan forwarded this poem to had been forwarded to her by another mutual blogging friend of ours "Mermaid" I am choosing to pay-it-forward to all of you.

Awakening Now Why wait for your awakening? The moment your eyes are open, seize the day. Would you hold back when the Beloved beckons? Would you deliver your litany of sins like a child's collection of sea shells, prized and labeled? "No, I can't step across the threshold," you say, eyes downcast. "I'm not worthy" I'm afraid, and my motives aren't pure. I'm not perfect, and surely I haven't practiced nearly enough. My meditation isn't deep, and my prayers are sometimes insincere. I still chew my fingernails, and the refrigerator isn't clean." Do you value your reasons for staying small more than the light shining through the open door? Forgive yourself. Now is the only time you have to be whole. Now is the sole moment that exists to live in the light of your true Self. Perfection is not a prerequisite for anything but pain. Please, oh please, don't continue to believe in your disbelief. This is the day of your awakening. ~from: Go In and In: Poems From the Heart of Yoga By Danna Faulds

This belief that our work, our words, our art must be perfect, that WE must be perfect before we can step into the light is the falsehood that keeps so many of us remaining in our own fearful shadows. I am learning that most often, our self-perceived "imperfections" actually serve to highlight our uniqueness. Viewed this way, these "flaws" are actually keys to unlocking the treasure trove of gifts we have to offer the world. Once we learn how to turn our own precious keys (and recognize that they are indeed precious!), all will be revealed. All will be blessed.

Shine the Divine my friends,

(I've been having a few not so comfortable days with my MS, have an MRI scheduled for when we get home...if you have a chance say a little healing prayer for, me...I think it will all resolve itself, but good energy from friends is always a good thing! We are traveling to visit our Ohio relatives this week...once the kids start school again, I promise to be online more, post regularly again and visit your blogs!!!)


  1. Dear Laura

    iam so happy u commented at my post...Iam happy for that.
    Have a nice day

    Oh...a passionate shot, sweetheart

  2. It's a beautiful shot! You can't really see the blurr!

  3. This is a beautiful picture! You should not apologize and by the way nothing in this world is perfect. I take all my pictures without a tripod because I don't have one. To be standing under that beautiful sky and have the chance to actually witness it and get a picture of it is perfect!! Have a great Friday!!!

  4. Great poem! Thanks for sharing it! Sending some healing drum vibrations to you!

  5. This is beautiful!! Love this one it's very unusual to have like this sky here in MI don't know why. Thanks for sharing and happy weekend!


  6. Wonderful sky and post Laura.
    Thoughts and prayers.

  7. I will be sending out good thoughts and prayers for you. I think your sky shot is stunning. Fantastic colors.

  8. It's our perfections that make us uniquely beautiful. That photo is glorious! Such hues!

    Hoping and praying you feel well and strong and that the MRI gbes well for you, Laura.

    Safe travels!

  9. Fabulous colors in your sky this week.

    You know my hands can be shaky somedays too, most of my photos are taken leaning up against a post or wall but mostly it is all about focusing on what is good in our world isn't it?

    Have a great weekend and hope you find lots more pretty skies to enjoy.

  10. very nice laura! i dont think the fuzzy takes away from the shot at all.

  11. That is a lovely picture. I love the colors. And I also find comfort in this post. It is as real as real can be.
    As always - I am saying a healing prayer. I am wishing you all the best. Take good care my friend.

  12. u are my inspiration

  13. hello sweet lady, it's been a while since we last crossed paths.. and strangely (in a very very nice way)your post being about imperfection is very apt for me at the moment..if i remember rightly we also first met here in blogland through speakings of imperfection and its beauty :)

    sorry to hear things are not so comfortable with you right now..i'm sending you healing thoughts and a big warm hug...
    enjoy your trip away my lovely..
    and thankyou for sharing that beautiful poem..much love to you..xx sue

  14. very beautiful photo too..looks perfect to me.. ;) xx

  15. One day in the marketplace Mullah Nasrudin encountered an old friend who was about to get married. The friend asked the Mullah if he had ever considered marriage. Nasrudin replied that years ago he had wanted to marry and set out to find the perfect woman. First he traveled to Damascus, where he found a perfectly gracious and beautiful woman but discovered she was lacking a spiritual side. Then his travels took him further to Isfahan, where he met a woman who was deeply spiritual yet comfortable in the world and beautiful as well, but unfortunately they did not communicate well together. “Finally in Cairo I found her,” he said, “she was the ideal woman, spiritual, gracious, and beautiful, at ease in the world, perfect in every way.” “Well,” asked the friend, “did you then marry her?” “No,” answered the Mullah, “unfortunately, she was looking for the perfect man.”
    traditional Sufi tale, recounted by Jack Kornfield (and edited very slightly for clarity by me)

    Love the photo!

  16. Dearest Laura,

    Sending healing energy your way. I pray that the MRI will show positive results and that you will begin to feel better so that you can continue to enjoy your journey!

    I am glad that your summer has brought you time with loved ones and friends. Looking forward to hearing from you soon:)

    Hugs and love,

  17. 困難的不在於新概念,而在於逃避舊有的概念。......................................................................

  18. The colors of the sky ~ amazing. I just got home myself. Sending good thoughts your way.

  19. you are so wise.
    I love that I can come here and be blessed.

  20. Thinking of you, and wishing you peace and comfort, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets wherever you may be.

  21. Laura, thank you for sharing the poem. Maybe I need to post more poems on the blog, but you did it for me:)

    Oh, Laura Light. Your healing journey has been one of the most inspirational stories I have even heard. You were in my thoughts as I wrote my last post.

    Who are we as women? Why do we hide our lights? What gets in the way? Our 'imperfections' are portals to our light. Your post reminds me to honor these imperfections.

    I wish the MS didn't have to be so debilitating. If movement is limited, may you know that it can never damm the flow of your love. May you have the strength to endure.

  22. Laura, I read your comment on Mermaid this early morning - it spoke to my heart.
    I am sending healing thoughts and prayers your way this early morning.

  23. 唯有用熱情、用智慧去觀察事物,這事物才會把他的秘密,洩漏給我們......................................................................

  24. It seems beautiful to me, too. The layers of vibrant colour are stunning!


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