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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.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Simple Offering

Here is a simple offering I posted on the Buddha Chick facebook page this morning, that I wanted to share with you, my blogging friends as well.

Stop briefly today and notice the fragrance of something sweet and soothing. Take note of how stopping and inhaling something lovely (a piece of ripe fruit, the top of a child's head when you bend down to kiss him or her, the freshness of morning air) can relieve you of worries, by guiding your awareness to the present moment. This relief may only last a few seconds, but is relief. May we all open to gratitude for the grace of even one second of peace this day.

And yes my observant friends, this is the same dish of lavender I posted right before Rosh Hashanah...It was so beautiful in that hand thrown bowl I thought I'd upload a slightly different view (the color is a little different in this one too). Looking at the image is enough to evoke the scent for me and take me to an inner space of deep peace. (At this moment however I am experiencing the warm, inviting aroma of a mug of chai tea, mmmm...ahhh.)

I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone for your thoughtful comments on my last post. Really, it's not THAT big of a problem...but this was the one point of frustration/reactive behavior that came to mind when I was sitting with Nancy that day. You gave me some new ideas I had not yet considered. In a brief exchange with my friend Karen at Square Peg People regarding the clay tenderness heart on Friday's post she commented on how cool it was that heart showed up when it did. In response, this gem showed up too: " is amazing that in a single moment (if we are graced with awareness, just then) the message/lesson meant for us to see/hear/learn right then, presents itself (or perhaps it is that we have present-ed ourselves?!!)"

present-ed ourselves.

Perhaps it is obnoxious to quote oneself, but these wise words spontaneously arose and felt like they were coming through me, not from me, therefore I offer them to you with the humbleness of a vessel who happened to be present to the message.

gentle steps,


  1. You are aware, Laura. Even in those difficult moments, there is a part of you that is always present and aware. I know this because of the wisdom you often share, even if it is after the fact. The wisdom comes from a deep place of knowing, a place that opens as best as it can to all difficulties.

    I smell your lavendar; I read your words; I hear your crying and laughter; I share your pain and freedom.

    May your presence continue to shine light on our collective darkness. May we all light the way for each other.

  2. As I once said "I never quote myself."

  3. Sweet Mermaid, I feel the same thing when I read your writing...your essence always arises from your deep inner-sea (see) wisdom...I think perhaps we are mirrors for each other. I learn so much about my own journey when I come visit you on your blog.

    Dr. Jay, you silly yogi...and this is why I love you!

  4. Laura, wise words. Being in the moments (even the occasional uncomfortable ones) is really what living is about.

  5. This is a good idea Laura, I'm going to look for something special to small today! Your last post resonated with me - I have two daughters myself as well as a son. I think bringing up girls is sometimes hard when they are at this stage of growing away from you - they seem to have a special knack for hitting one's weak spots! But they seem to soften again later on, when they understand more about life.

  6. Your post prompted mine last week. Thank you! I am very happy to have present-ed myself with you and your warm and authentic wisdom.

  7. Beautiful imagery (love lavender and pottery) and a beautiful reminder. Scent is so powerful and evocative. I love to bury my nose in a beautiful rose, to smell the rain in the air ... I even love the smell of a sweaty kid - lol! Our senses are a wonderful way to bring ourselves into the present moment. Thank you, Laura!


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