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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, January 10, 2011

Lightly Touch

Lightly touch the breath
with each exhalation

to grow

in between


s    p    a    c    i    o    u    s    n    e    s    s



a simple instruction
nothing to
h a p p e n s



There is great turmoil here in the United States, deep sadness, anger, intense feelings over the recent shootings in Arizona. I feel that one gentle but effective way to promote peace is to alleviate fear by offering healing. My friend Toni does this in her book, and Debbie Friedman z"l, of blessed memory, brought healing into the world through her music.

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Toni Bernhard, author of How To Be Sick was expected to be a featured guest on NPR's Morning Edition today, but I think with other things going on in the news it has been postponed. I'll post a link as soon as it is up.  meanwhile here is a link to a short video of Toni talking about her life and her book.Congratulations Toni, you are an inspiration to me and so many  people around the world. I'm deeply grateful to be able to say "I know her, and she's truly as gentle and generous, courageous and wise as she sounds in her book and in this interview!!!"  (thank you Sylvia for introducing us)

And while I celebrate the success of my friend Toni who offers comfort for those of us who live with illness and our caretakers, I mourn with many the passing of a healing light who truly had the courage to make her life a blessing. Debbie Friedman z"l, beloved Jewish singer-songwriter's soul left this world Sunday morning. Debbie inspired a generation and I imagine many more to come, with her songs of healing and devotion. Honor Debbie and soothe your soul by taking a moment to listen to her sweet voice intoning her compassionate rendition of a traditional prayer for healing Mi Shebeirach, that is sung with loving intention in synagogues all over the United States every Shabbat,  here
Mi Shebeirach
Lyrics by Debbie Friedman and Drorah Setel

Mi shebeirach avoteinu
M'kor habracha l'imoteinu

May the source of strength who blessed the ones before us,
Help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing
And let us say: Amen.

Mi shebeirach imoteinu
M'kor habracha l'avoteinu

Bless those in need of healing with refuah sh'leimah
The renewal of body, the renewal of spirit
And let us say: Amen.

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  1. Dear Laura, Your photography and poem are just stunning and a good reminder. Sending you a big hug! Love, Silke

  2. its a rare snow fall here early morning, so your first image and words of breath made it Real or Present.

    Blessings to you, and Peace to all of us in response to violence, wave for wave.

  3. Laura, your poem is not only lovely and soothing, its format is a work of art by itself.

  4. I awoke to snow lightly falling this am and really it is pretty...I like your words about allowing spaciousness to grow...sorry to hear about this womans passing...I will have to come back later when I can listen to her...and also to hear more about Toni's talk on NPR...your heart continues to bless me over and over again Laura...thank you for spreading your sweetness around the universe! (((Laura))))

  5. A beautiful song and prayer. Debbie Friedman z"l has left the world a great gift. Rest in peace.

  6. It's always pleasure reading your posts.

    Hugs coming your way.

    Thank you, dear Laura.

  7. Breath ... before I learned of breath awareness, I could never have conceived of the concept of expansion at the end of an exhale, and yet ... there it is ... Gorgeous visual with the text and the message.

    May (((peace))) be with the loved ones of those who have passed.

    When I listened to Debbie, her voice fluid and loving, I was reminded of the healing energy of sound in all its diversity. Beautiful. I say Grace that her resonance remains in our world.

  8. Thank you everyone for your generous, heartwarming comments as always. May each of us continue to bless one another through our compassionate connections. PT day today...I will be online more to visit through our bloggy neighborhood later.

    gentle steps

  9. My heart goes out to you people in America - we had a shooting here in my part of UK last year.

  10. The audio is beautiful! As is your poem. A gentle way to start the day. Peace to you, dear friend

  11. What a lovely gift this morning, to listen to this beautiful, hopeful and healing piece of music......thank you so much for your post.

  12. your soothing words ease the turmoil a bit. thanks for the respite from troubles. The River of Stones is an interesting means of expression. thanks for sharing, and have a beautiful day.

  13. Thank you Laura for the beautiful meditation. Your poem is so needed now. Thank you also for taking the time to write about things, people who are making a mark in this world.

  14. Such a lovely photo and an inspiring words. What happened in Arizona pains us all. We have to pray for healing to each one of us and for our land. Great post Laura. Keep warm! Happy Monday!
    Macro Monday

  15. Lightly touch indeed. Laura, your instructions are so poetically simple, yet we need to pause, slow down in order to realize we have barely been breathing.

    Thank you for the book title. I think it will help many.

  16. Great photo with the light dusting of snow on the leaves, and a lovely poem to go with it!

  17. I'm speechless. (rare for me)


  18. love your pictures and it's so true... the living& growing is in the between. love2u

  19. Hi Laura,
    Read your comment of Judy's blog asking about Gilenya. I am not on it, but I know of a few people that are. This link might help.

    An online MS forum that has a couple of thousand members. Some good discussion here.

  20. It has been a
    Mad World
    I am thinking of you and your friends and all those we have lost.
    Be well, my friend.

  21. Dear Laura,

    I have felt heartbroken and sad these last several days because of what has occurred in Tucson and I will not understand how anyone can take the life of another and especially that of a child.

    Your poems is beautiful and captures some of that I am feeling, that we need to take a deep breath and see the spaciousness in between.

    I started to reply to your comment on my post in an email, but saw it was a 'non-reply' address, I thought I had it, but it appears it is listed on my other blog.

    Warmest regards,

  22. So delicate and lovely. I'm intrigued by your friends book.

  23. oh, Laura , her voice.
    so unbelievable.
    may she rest in peace.



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