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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.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Simple Blessings

This monochrome is of tree branches just outside the healthfood cafe we stopped at on our way home from my doctor in Lebanon, NH on Tuesday. Something about the curves of the branches, their strength...reaching out beyond their own center (trunk-heart?)...the delicate lacy leaves all set before the backdrop of the this moody, shifting sky spoke to me. "Turn in when you must, but don't forget to reach out too".

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This is the pond I used to walk to...a few miles from our house. It is still a favorite place to reflect on my thoughts, meditate and connect with the Holy One of Blessing. Gordon was kind enough to drive me there to gather memories with my camera, heart and mind on our way home from the doctor the same Tuesday.

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My health is about the same with some definite improvements: head shaking, legs quaking, spideymom mobility tactics (remain), except, my voice is improving!!!! Hurray for every blessing, tiny and gInormous! And drum roll please............... (long drum roll) I slept for 10 hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights...for the past 2 years I've been lucky to get 5 hours a night...many nights, WOW! Sleep...that's a miracle for this body too! Each miracle is to be celebrated:)

maybe it's time for a nap? LOL

gentle steps my friends,



  1. I love the black and white image. I am going to be shooting some b&w this weekend.

    I hope you will continue to feel better Laura. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  2. Sleep is one way the body heals itself. So, yes, sleep well and take naps. And keep sharing your beautiful glimpses of the world.

  3. Beautiful reflections! Love the colors in the water! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Laura!


  4. Laura! I just love your pictures. Best healing wishes,

  5. A beautiful post and photos. I enjoy the peacefulness of your writing. Thank you.

  6. Laura...I am so glad you stopped by my reflection post...I too suffer from chronic illnesses. I love your blogs...beautiful, serene...funny how illness can focus one into the serene...wish we could meet...I'd give you a big hug...Peace

  7. I love reflection photos an the fall colors Laura!!
    Have a nice weekend!

  8. My drum rolls for you are coming here: drun rolls-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta!!
    I'm glad you are better! :)

    Such a very lovely photo you have here, especially the last one!! I can feel the peace all the way to here, just in my flat! So beautiful colors of the leaves and the quiet water in the back,...and the deep deep forest..
    I'm so happy you were able to get there! :)

    I hope you'll get very well soon!

    Regards Viola :)

  9. I'm so glad you got so much sleep. That is a blessing for sure.

    Great shots. I love the way branches look during all the seasons.

  10. Branches and leaves are fabulous subjects.

  11. Hurrah for health improvements, big and small! Love the tree photo and thought. I did a tree post today, too. Guess we were on the same wavelength : )

    The lake is so peaceful and beautiful. And can I say that you just amaze me? Two doctor appointments, two long drives, in one day, new physical challenges, yet still you took photos and engaged with the world around you.

  12. Lovely autumn leaves - I do think even looking at pictures of nature is soothing and healing. God bless and may your health continue to improve.

  13. Cheering for your victories and wishing you many more long healing sleeps. Love the branches reaching out.... as you do, in fact, reach out to all of us here.

  14. your photos just ask to be savored ...

  15. Wonderful reflections, I love the Autumn colours!

  16. Hi Laura. I'm relieved to hear that you're feeling a bit better. I hope the improvement continues. I love the photo of the autumn leaves. I just posted a haiku by Issa about autumn. I'll leave it here for you too since I love it so much:

    The holes in the wall
    play the flute
    this autumn evening.

  17. oh my friend, It looks like great minds sometimes think a like

    hey did I say something about you at my place? wonder what it was, do be a dear and take a look for me please.

    and thank you for being :-)

  18. I really enjoy the second one. I like the blury effect on the reflection, contrasting with the neatness of the red leaves...

  19. Very interesting reflection and I love the color too. Happy weekend!
    Blue sky Reflection

  20. Laura, Source is with you and shining through you. I draw strength from your courage.

  21. First one has a perfect symmetry and the second one has great colors!! Nice captures!!

    Pixellicious Photos

  22. Beautiful...I love nature it makes me feel closer to God :)

  23. Beautiful atmosphere in both images! The black and white one is quite haunting, while the coloured image has a sense of magical calm!

  24. Sleep is healing. Nature is healing. Blessings are coming your way. Also - I continue with healing prayers sent your way. Another good night is wished you :)
    From One Woman who lives in the Woods

  25. Your picture of the autumns leaves is so nourishing--an overused word--but I mean in the sense of being able to drink in the raw and vibrant yellow-golds and crimsons of the leaves. Yum!

    I am so glad that you are able to see and feel improvement. Isn't sleep a blessing?

  26. Thank you for letting us into your life, its beauty as well as its challenges. You let us get to know the complete you, and that is beautiful person.

  27. I'm glad to hear you are feeling better. I like how the branches are stark with clusters of leaves, makes for interesting lines. The colorful leaves look great against the water and the reflections are great!

  28. Trunk heart, beautiful --

    Red leaf i am so grateful to see; for me, it represents pre snow whites.

    Great sleep with dreams healing renewing and joy rising I wish to you

    In the morning warm tea sweet day.

  29. What a purely lovely image! It really speaks fall. I love the subtle colored reflections in the water.

    One day at a time is all any of us can do. Continued blessings for better and better days ahead.

  30. Both of these photos are wonderful. I like the lines in the top photo and the bottom one is just flat out beautiful.

  31. Laura...This is my first visit to your site, but I feel like have known you for years after reading all the beautiful comments your friends have left for you. I hope you are resting well and feeling better. I, too, have health issues which I have to deal with on a daily basis, but I now look at them as my friends and family. I am a part of them as they are a part of me for better or for worse. I hope you have a restful weekend and are able to get out with your camera. I just love the trees branches in b/w and the color shot. They are beautiful. What you wrote about the post could not be improved by anyone. It says it all.

  32. Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better. Sleep is so healing and vital to good health.

    Both photos are wonderful - love the delicate light on those autumn leaves as well as the black and white beauty of bare branches.

  33. Beautiful pictures!

    Hope you feel better.
    Wishing you the best in your life.

  34. I love your photography, as you see the unseen and pay attention to details in the most alluring way.
    I love the sentiments in this post and the way you perceive life, remaining such an optimist, seeing beyond the pain...
    Have a lovely weekend dear Laura,

  35. Beautiful pictures, Laura. That tree limb one is incredible. And glad to hear about your good nights of sleep. I have wicked insomnia right now...which is why I'm on the computer at 4 a.m. Egads!

  36. Hi Laura ... I'm so happy for your health improvements, and your long "beautysleep" .... Love your post and the images.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  37. Your pictures are as beautiful as your words which show us your beautiful spirit. Sending you light and love and prayers for continued healing and rest.

  38. Lovely composition on this black and white photo. The sky and lacy leaves speak of all those moments we have looked up and through branches. You captured a view that is sweetly familiar...beautiful.

  39. I'm so glad your voice is improving!

    The second photo is absolutely stunning, Laura.

  40. Laura, you are so amazing; how do keep such a positive attitude? Do you ever just scream and cry and throw things? I wish I was half the person you are, my dear friend. Much love to you; can you feel my hugs from there?

  41. Beautiful colours of autumn. Love the reflections too.

    It is great to know about your health improvements.

    Hugs to you.

  42. Belle couleur de l'automne. J'aime aussi la photo en noir et blanc. Beautiful.

  43. Ah, blessed sleep. May you have many more nights of refreshing, renewing, restful sleep like this, Laura. (With fibromyalgia, I was a 4-5-hr a night sleeper until I started taking 5-HTP. Now I sleep wonderful and dream again.)
    So nice that you got to go to the pond and so nice that you took such a lovely photo to share. Gazing at it brings me instant peace.
    Prayers and blessings and gratitude for every improvement, every day. Gentle hugs,

  44. The monochrome is very mysterious indeed and the fall bright colors offset it!


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