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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.


Thursday, February 3, 2011


is neither about arriving nor staying
it is the sacred art of t’shuva, return
returning with deep compassion to
what simply is
not trying to change of fix
judge or wish away our reality
it is loving ourselves no matter what
observing the continuous shifts
gray to blue to gray
the kinder we are to ourselves
the deeper our capacity to love others  
a brilliant insight?
no wise friends
a reminder
that’s all 
i know you know this
 i sometimes have to write it "out loud " 
so i remember too

Skywatch Friday

Happy SkyWatching!


  1. Dearest Laura, how did you get to be so wise, so early??

    I think I'm getting ever better at loving and accepting myself, keeping on an even keel in harmony with what is. Life is SO much easier when I'm easier on me, nice to write it out here too.


  2. Out loud!

    Aloha from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral

    Gung Hee Fat Choy!


    Good Luck in the
    Year of the Golden Rabbit!

  3. These are beautiful photos Laura, especially the one with the blue sky!

  4. great composition in the second one - like icy fingers

  5. Beautifully written, Laura! I need to write it "out loud" to remember it too!

  6. Wonderfully write and gorgeous photos!

  7. I love how you express yourself both photographically and with words.

  8. Wow, those are fantastic icicle photos. I particularly love the first one, it almost looks like a tree the way it's bending the light behind it.

  9. thank you everyone for you thoughtful is such a gift to connect with so many beautiful souls around the world:)

  10. thank you everyone for you thoughtful is such a gift to connect with so many beautiful souls around the world:)

  11. ¡Muy bien texto y foto!

    Gracias por comentar mi foto y visitar dentro
    SkyWatch Friday!

    Jan Halvard,
    noruego en La Paz, Bolivia
    ¡Buenos dias Bolivia!

  12. Peaceful photos and words of wisdom.
    We seem to search more when our body is trying to heal..Dont you think?

  13. You do indeed express yourself so beautifully both through your words and your photos. These are superb as always! Love the icy fingers! Hope you have a beautiful weekend!


  14. I am trying to become more aware of mindfulness and in the moment-- wonderful words here to reinforce that.

  15. Oh Laura...I have read this 3 times and still I am awed by your words...their truth...the way it feels to digest them...and you are right, I know these things but how easily I forget or get lost in the gray or even black...the kinder and more gentle I am towards myself the more peace I feel...I need to write these things out loud...thank you Laura for blessing me this night with your wisdom and the gentle way you share it. (((Laura))))

  16. Love how you took these icicles. My fav is the second photo, it has a great formation. Happy Friday!
    Sky Watch

  17. Beautiful photos and words to match, have been watching the news reports about the exceptionally white winter. Happy Sky Watch Friday and have a great weekend.

  18. I am selfish--I need you to write it out loud, too.

    Thank you.

  19. Laura, I receive your beautifully written words as a gift. thank you for sharing your wisdom, and your lovely photos too. that middle photo is just gorgeous. I always feel so honored when you visit my blog, you make me feel special. your encouragement means so much. stay warm, and happy SWF!

  20. OMG! Its freezing out there! Those icicles looks so sharp and pointed!

    Nice shots!

  21. Great series of photo's
    Amazing what Art Creator can assemble for our viewing pleasure..all we can do is stand in Awe and be thankful.

  22. Just beautiful - words and photographs!

  23. Wonderful photos Laura! I really like the angle of nr 2. Great words too:-)

  24. I fully agree with you. My Australian daughter would be delighted to meet you. She has the same ideas and try to live according the rules of Buddha, Jesus and all peaceminded masters. But first and foremost we must love ourselves.

  25. Beautiful words and photos, Laura! The blue sky shot is gorgeous.

  26. Sandy, NOT selfish! we all need reminders, to say the words, to hear them. Katelen so true. Yes Eagles Brother, I agree, the supreme Artist, yes Wil so many wonderful teachers in every tradition all...sharing deep wisdom, that in essence is the same-the Sfat Emet, Reb Nachman, Rav Kook, Heschel and more modern teachers from my faith like Art Green, Shefa, Myriam Klotz, Diane Bloomfield, Nancy Flam, Sheila Weinberg...teachers who bridge like Sylvia many wonderful Buddhist teachers...HH the Dalai Lama, Sharon Salzberg, Tara Brach, Gil Fronsdal...Too many to name...oh thank you all for your loving comments as always...may we all continue to grow in mindfulness, in heartfulness in compassion and friendliness toward ourselves and one another.

  27. yes and still loving myself when I do that thing I do that wants to be out of my current reality... thanks for the reminder... xo

  28. I'm sick and in pain today... so grateful for this reminder : )

  29. Grey to blue and back. Sky cycles, like life cycles, ever changing. Lovely photos Laura.

  30. wow! totally gorgeous....:)
    Check out my Skywatch Entry as well. Have followed your blog, hope you do the same. Thanks!

  31. Cool shots! No pun intended. :)
    Last year was when I first started seeing icicles and I'm still amazed by them.

  32. les, i'm so sorry honey...i'll send you a private note♥

  33. Sorry you have such weather to create these big icicles, they it provided you with some nice sky sights.

  34. wise words that go well with the lovely photos...Namaste Laura.

  35. Lovely images and words, Laura. I believe I live your words, but it never hurts to hear them again.

  36. Beautiful photos and words. My favourite photo is the second one. Thank you for sharing.

  37. I will write these words on my heart.


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