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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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Trio


I.

Do you see it?

The invitation?

heart invitation 9/22/10

Step into a secret heart.
Sacred heart.
Mine, Yours.
Enter
The Mystery.



II.


Evening Delight-9/24/10

Nearly a week ago, I felt a gentle tap on my shoulder. I was on the phone with my mother, she had called to wish us "good Shabbas" and welcome Rosie home from Environmental Camp in Maine. I turned to face my young daughter with her delicate features and infectious smile. She raised an eyebrow and with her slender finger pointed toward the window, handed me the camera. Phone tucked between my ear and shoulder, one of my hands against the window sill for balance, I inhaled, and with my other hand framed the shot...a moment of perfection, Mom hundreds of miles away, Rosie beside me, the expanse of the heavens connecting three generations all in a moment of grace. I passed the phone to Rosewillow so she could say hello to her Nana.


III.


Through My Window 9/29/10

Head tilted back on my pillow, looking up through my magic window to the world...a world alive in colors I couldn't quite capture from this angle, through the screen, on my back...but still can you imagine my delight, yesterday? Sometimes it is the small blessings that feel the most miraculous.

My head is still attached, though it does it's wild whipping when I sit up (but not quite as violently as yesterday) and my whole body does it's "wild and crazy girl" dance when I try to walk (but I can get to the bathroom on my own now with strategically placed furniture and bedroom walls), my speech is not quite back the exotic, "foreign to American ears", lilt yet, (but it is slightly easier to understand me today, better muscle control of my mouth). Small improvements. Small blessings. Tiny miracles.
I am grateful.

Thank you everyone for your supportive, compassionate messages. Your prayers and words of kindness are a comfort. I'm ok though, really I am. Mostly this is annoying...annoying is, well...annoying, but not terrible, not at all.

For more mysterious hearts, imperfect prose & skies that will dazzle your eyes, visit my friends through these links:

Skywatch Friday

65 comments:

  1. I just love your heart photos! I find myself seeking out hearts now wherever I am.

    Gorgeous sunset.

    I am happy to hear you are on the mend, and wish you a speedy recovery.
    Cheers,
    Karen

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  2. "Sometimes it is the small blessings that feel the most miraculous. " I agree. You find and record much beauty through those windows.

    Glad you're doing a bit better - praying it continues.

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  3. glad you feel a bit better - and you are so positive - i have such high respect for you
    ...Sometimes it is the small blessings that feel the most miraculous... i so do agree!!!

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  4. It took me a few looks, but once I saw the heart, I could not NOT see it again!

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  5. nice. love the heart capture...
    glad you are doing a bit better as well...

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  6. Hi Laura,
    Your photos are beautiful! Such a gorgeous sunset! xoxo

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  7. Oh, Laura--what loveliness! I saw the heart--that was just amazing. And then that beautiful sky...and your poignant words. You are truly not only a gifted photographer, but a gifted writer.

    Amazing--Happy GHT!

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  8. I'm also very sorry to hear you have been ill. ((hugs)) I hope you are right as rain very soon.

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  9. Your beautiful words and photos bring tears to my eyes. Your beautiful spirit humbles and inspires me. Bless you, my friend.
    And thank you so much for sharing your heart(s!) on Guest Heart Thursday.

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  10. another fabulous post filled with light and love energy and such great positivity. I give thanks that your fingers can convey all this beauty to us... I give thanks for you!! mille grazie for such beauty and connection whenever I come to visit! xoxo

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  11. Amazing post and photos. Be well!

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  12. You have a wonderful daughter to notice something she knew you'd appreciate and then tell you that she'd seen it! Kids do not come any better than that!

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  13. Terrific captures and gorgeous skies! Always a delight to visit your blog, Laura! Hope you have a beautiful weekend!

    Sylvia

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  14. Thank you for taking the skywatch shot XXX Don

    and say hi to your mum and daughter and "good Shabbas" to you all (I dont know what it means but if your mum called to say it I feel safe in saying it also)

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  15. Windows were made for looking out of....and you gave a true example of that in your wonderful photos.

    Good captures.

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  16. Evening Delight is gorgeous. It truly is an Evening's Delight.

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  17. Thanks for the invite to link my night sky post with Skywatch Friday, Laura... I did, and it looks like a fun participation!

    I am feeling a bit better myself, today. Thanks for asking, for caring : )

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  18. Gorgeous photos and all the more because they are links between family members, hope you are having a good day

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  19. It took special eyes to see that heart to the forest...I did not...couldn't see the heart for the trees. What a beautiful find! And that sunset is gorgeous...

    So glad that you are "ok" and hope that the "annoying" subsides.

    Lucy sends a "woof" and we thank you so much for your visits!

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  20. Hi Laura thanks for dropping by I am a MS sufferer also, and like you my illness has made me closer to life. I wish you much blessing XXX Don

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  21. Thank you for allowing me into your world. Thank you for allowing me to look out your window and read your gifted words.
    Continue to feel better for the weekend :)

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  22. I just read your previous post and then this one. Your humor and strength and determination to not only see beauty but to share it inspire me. Finding your blog and getting to read your words is one of the biggest blessings of my autumn. I hope you know, really know, how much you matter.

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  23. your evening delight photo is simply marvelous.

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  24. I love the heart photos and the quote!

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  25. Laura, gorgeous sunset and beautiful words. A great post. I hope you are feeling well. Happy skywatching!

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  26. Such a perspective: annoying but not terrible. So true. God bless you for believing that so fully.

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  27. I love the second picture. The colors are stunning. Have a great weekend.

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  28. Deep respect upon the writing of yours - great pictures indeed.

    Please have a good Friday you all.

    daily athens

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  29. beautiful pictures - touching post

    loveNlight

    Gabi

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  30. a delightful offering - three posts in one, and one of the three a most beautiful skywatch with its own backstory. We've benefited from your daughter's sharing the light.

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  31. I think God saves his best skies, tree hearts and magic windows for those with the most open eyes and hearts.

    Thank you for sharing all.

    Awesome on Rosewillow's latest venture. I will help as soon as I can.

    xxoo

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  32. That sunset shot is astounding -- and to have captured it with your mom and your daughter by your side (well, long distance mom...but that counts, too!). It's amazing what we see when we stop and look. Today I walked around the backyard with my camera -- up close, every detail is a gift from God.

    Still praying for you...glad to hear there is a bit of improvement...

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  33. Wow, that is one magnificent fiery sky you had. Great photo. Multi-tasking is always handy. :D

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  34. What a wonderful heart invitation! The evening sky is truly amazing. And the pictures through the window are wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful pictures and words!

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  35. Beautiful photos and words. And my favourite is the sunset photo.

    Have a great weekend.

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  36. I see your sunets are as sectacular as ours! Gorgeous views.

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  37. The shots are all so beautiful.

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  38. Your photos have powerful message on it. I love all of it! Please have a wonderful Weekend!

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  39. Nice shots! I wouldn't have noticed that heart if I was standing there, but it's very clear.

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  40. Thank you for sharing the innermost spirits which exist on autumn hallowed forest.
    Have a nice weekend.

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  41. Everything you do is an invitation into the ultimate and most beautiful of mysteries.

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  42. Incredibly rich photos... and I'm sure you feel richer for having seen these views with your own eyes.
    The sunrise and sunset come and go quickly ~ they are like daily miracles indeed!

    Wishing you well ~ Maria

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  43. Wish you better health, Laura...

    Your pics are so lovely; but I most love the sunset one. Gorgeous colors!

    Thanks for dropping by. Take care :)

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  44. I am grateful as well, for your insights, sense of humor, and steady camera finger. You need a gallery wall for your gorgeous sunset photos.

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  45. Isn't it wonderful the way we are all connected?
    Three generations and a sunset reminds me of a time when cell phones first came in.The prof and I were on our favourite skiing mountain, out daughter 1,000 miles away, we rand her and she yodelled across the valley where people could hear hear from afar.

    I did not know you had some trauma happen to you or I too would have prayed for your wellbeing. Every little step to recovery is a little miracle and another reason to praise the Lord.

    I will hold you in healing thoughts....

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  46. Isn't it wonderful the way we are all connected?
    Three generations and a sunset reminds me of a time when cell phones first came in.The prof and I were on our favourite skiing mountain, out daughter 1,000 miles away, we rand her and she yodelled across the valley where people could hear hear from afar.

    I did not know you had some trauma happen to you or I too would have prayed for your wellbeing. Every little step to recovery is a little miracle and another reason to praise the Lord.

    I will hold you in healing thoughts....

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  47. Beautiful shots. The reddish glowing sky is awesome.

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  48. Wow! The glowing sky!
    Love the captures.

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  49. there is so much beauty in your heart...

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  50. There's a wealth of goodness here... I enjoyed it all (just lacking time to enumerate). Lovely child, you have. My wishes for wellness sent your way.

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  51. Love the subtle beautiful heart in you first set of pictures...
    Have a lovely Friday,
    xo

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  52. Hi Laura ... I think your post is so lovely, your words and beautiful pictures. Glad to hear there is a bit of improvement ... wish you all the best for the weekend.

    Irene

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  53. Love is who you are, Laura! I look forward to spending time again soon in your beautiful presence.
    Much love, Lisa J.

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  54. So wonderful sky pics you come up with! :) The first photos, part I, reminds me just about some forest I took some photos of this summer! :) Maybe I should blog it one day..

    I'm so sorry for you beeing ill. I had to read your earlier posts.. You are having MS and got ill after having taken the flu vaccine, am I right? So sad.... But I hope you'll get better soon! Best wishes to you! :) And thanks for your comment!

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  55. Such beautiful captures of the sky and another touching post :o) Your courage is so inspiring.

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  56. Images to treasure, between the invitation of the trees to the glowing sky and leaves.
    I am thinking of you as I read your posts. A dear friend from university who visited us this week told us that she had just been diagnosed with MS. I think of her, and of you.
    How lovely to have that continuing relationship from your Mum through you and down to your daughter. My Mum died before my daughter was born, and it is a sadness for my daughter and me that we have never been together, all three of us. But, as you show, the trees are still glowing in the sunlight.

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  57. Laura,

    you just make me want to be a better person.

    thank you for that.

    and I hope this has completely passed now..
    the unknowns must be exhausting in and of themselves.

    and I really "read" your blog title , and it is absolutely perfect. Creativity is a spiritual practice . It is gratitude and joy and love. Shine the Divine. Indeed,

    love to you,

    deb

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  58. gorgeous pics, a beautiful heart.. just like yours : )

    i've just been reading about a circle of trees..a clearing in the forest..a place to find the heart..

    xxx

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