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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.


Monday, November 8, 2010

Mermaid Gratitude

Come dive deep into gratitude with my friend many in the blogging community simply know as "Mermaid." This expressive woman is never afraid to search the depths of her soul's deep waters to understand her way of being in the world. She is full of compassion and works hard through her spiritual practice to find equanimity and peace in her life. Please welcome Kaveri to Shine the Divine today.
 *The lovely painting  Goddess of Water was created by Ronnie Biccard
I am thankful for so many things. This year, I am most grateful for one particular person- my best friend. She has lived with me since the day I was born. She experienced every joyous occasion as the light in my eyes and the curve of my smile, every trauma as the lump in my throat and the tears in my eyes.

I searched everywhere for my best friend. I looked for her in others, in material things. I could not find her in my family, in friends at school, or even in complete strangers. I could not marry her. I could not buy her online or in any store. When I stopped looking outside myself, I found her.

She has taught me how to ride the surface waves of life in order to know the deep stillness of surrender. I have called her Mermaid, Inner Mother, and The Woman Standing on the Waves. I breathe in and out. I hear the ebb and flow of the tides and feel her spirit move through me. It is the gentlest touch and greatest love I have ever known.

I will go forth and offer her love with conviction of the heart. Like the ocean, she cannot be contained. 

You can find more of my friend Kaveri's inspiring writing at Mermaid


  1. Lovely! Beautiful image and reflections:)

  2. So happy to find my mermaid friend here in Laura's peaceful waters. I love how you are befriending yourself, Kaveri. We all need, as women, to do this because we can be so very hard on ourselves, yes? I imagine each of us has a mermaid inside...I like to think that I do, anyway. :-) Celebrating you, today!

  3. Dear Kaveri, as always you speak to my heart. In a time - long ago - I searched for much that you have. Wonderful to discover our best friend is always there.
    Blessings to you this day!!

  4. Beautiful thoughts with a gorgeous painting.

  5. This is so beautiful and so profound. Really really lovely. Off to check out Mermaid's blog.

  6. Beautiful, Laura, thank you for bringing this to us.

    I see you have many thoughts from others too share. They require attentive reading and thought that I do not have time for right now. I must remember to return and read carefully the posts I have missed.

  7. Thank you so much for your validation, Laura and for you all who have commented, or just read here.

  8. Mermaid, I have just started down the path of befriending myself. For a while now I have read with interest your gentle, compassionate approach to finding your "best friend," and I have wondered what you were talking about. Thank you for sharing your journey as it has helped me find my own way.

  9. This made me cry. The connection we can make with another human being, the one where they will stick by us and can see us, and understand us like no one else can - is one of a kind. Blessed are those who find it.
    Beautiful piece...

  10. lovely thoughts and inspiration!

  11. I can't tell you how much I loved this.
    I will come and see what else you share, Mermaid.

    thank you for sharing her and this, Laura.


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