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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Small Bird


small bird singing to the morning sky
a mottled blue after gray mist lifted here
while earth rumbled and sea crashed
and dashed dreams and lives there
in a land far away
and i
felt so much smaller
so i prayed.

The image above is from our hotel window Saturday, March 12th...when I retreated with my sister and sil, the day after the earthquake and tsunami. Looks so peaceful, doesn't it?

If you are feeling as though some quiet contemplative time is what you need this weekend, there is a free, guided online/stay-at-home retreat being offered at Buddha Chick this Saturday or Sunday (you choose). To register click here.

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Skywatch Friday


60 comments:

  1. It seems impossible that the sun can rise and a bird can sing after events that change lives forever. Yet life goes on and we can pray.

    May you have moments of peace this day ~

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  2. lovely verse...and in our smallness, He is large...

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  3. The earth keeps spinning somehow and our lives continue when others do not...

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  4. So many contrasts these days...if we feel small, it's because we are...nature always reminds us.

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  5. I think tragedies happen to make us remember to be grateful... we never know when the earth will move for us... hugs to you dear one.

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  6. Such a lovely photo--and the verse "says it all". Have a peaceful, quiet, and blessed day. Mickie

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  7. A lovely tribute to Japan... a gorgeous shot.

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  8. Beautiful writing and sharing . . . "i felt so much smaller so i prayed"... indeed. Lovely suggestion to encourage contemplative time; this week I've found myself feeing some resistance to contemplation and wrote about it today as a portal opened. A moment or two of space-stillness-contemplation...so vital and healing. Blessings to you, dear Laura.

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  9. Your writing so beautifully expresses the contrast in days like these.

    Thanks for the tip on the retreat. I can't do it now, but perhaps I'll join another in the future.

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  10. Gorgeous photo, and wonderful verse!

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  11. That's a beautiful example of the bittersweetness of life, Laura.

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  12. pretty view, thanks for sharing this darling little bird with swf

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  13. Beautiful capture and beautiful words! Thanks for sharing, Laura. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Sylvia

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  14. Lovely one! Great post for Japan.
    Happy sky watching.

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  15. I am also feeling smaller these days. Lovely words.

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  16. That is a peaceful image. Great capture!

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  17. beautiful post, Laura! for me, this sends a message of hope amidst devastation.

    your posts never fail to inspire me. God bless! :-)

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  18. Very creative and beautiful post.

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  19. Great peaceful post to remind us to keep ourselves centered.

    What a great thing the internet is (or can be more accurately) where retreats can be shared. I love the concept.

    I knew that my corner of the internet was a peaceful kind place and that place got enlarged just a little today.

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  20. You've captured the bigger essence in this lovely creature.

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  21. I'm sure the whole world could use a peaceful retreat this weekend. I wish everyone would put down their guns and bombs; that the earth would stay calm; and everyone would be alive, well and peaceful.

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  22. Wonderful! This singing is the hope for spring. And we must pray for Japan!
    Wish you a blessed weekend Laura, hugs from Tania

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  23. lots of our brethren in japan will take long to see a bird like this again in a happy light. yes, we must commune with them in spirit, for them to find strength and fortitude in these difficult times ...

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  24. Inner peace, contemplation, and prayer. Sometimes those are all we can do until we figure out the next thing. Bless you, Laura.

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  25. You are on my mind and in my heart.

    Love and hugs,
    Deb

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  26. I know that feeling, of the events in the world around me making me feel so so small. I think that's a good type of humble.

    What a creative idea: a stay-at-home retreat!

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  27. Beautiful words and picture.

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  28. What a lovely verse and I love the photo. Beautiful skywatch! Have a great weekend!

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  29. Feeling quiet and contemplative with my life of "plenty" (which is a relative term, I realize), and the many issues the Japanese are facing every moment.

    Thank you for sharing.

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  30. A beautiful and compassionate posting.

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  31. Thank you for visiting my blog. What kind of bird is this? =)

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  32. We truly can learn a lesson from that tiny bird...We come from a different spiritual outlook, but this little bird can speak to all of us... His eye is on the Sparrow and I know He watches me.

    What a lovely shot from your window.

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  33. Beautiful words and shot. I love have downy the birds feathers look.

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  34. I love the fluffiness of the bird's feathers. And when I feel small, I curl up in the arms of God who is big over all, by praying.

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  35. A imagem é de completa paz! A vida continua. SÓ nos resta pedir que Deus proteja aqueles que sobreviveram a esta tragédia! Obrigada pela sua visita!

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  36. A very moving, heartfelt post, Laura, thank you and Shalom.

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  37. Lovely image ... I wish you a peaceful weekend!

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  38. Your words are moving and so is the picture of that bird... sometimes relaxing after such disasters just makes me cry out all the tears I hold because of my impotence and fake strength...

    Thanks Laura dear for this beautiful post. It means a lot to me...

    LEt's pray for Japan.

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  39. Beautiful and solemn sentiment dear Laura, through and through...
    Have a lovely weekend,
    xoxo

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  40. How wonderful it is to find such beauty and peace from this sight, during all the the terrible tragedy. Take care.

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  41. Beautiful...your ability to quiet me within with your words or photo's is amazing...thank you for being you...thank you for thinking of me and not forgetting me...I have missed you so...missed your words...I am hoping to have the moment to just soak in your words without distractions...I love you my friend. XX

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  42. i LOVE how you prayed when you felt smaller, laura... how God became bigger to you in that moment. you are beautiful.

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  43. Lovely bird and verse, very thoughtful post, Laura.

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  44. He looks unperturbed by the growing concerns that has assaulted us from the past week.

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  45. PS. Thanks for the follow. I followed back . ☺

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  46. Just wanted to share with you that I am having lunch tomorrow with Kathy Botsford in Laguna Beach! I know that the two of you know each other, as well, so I thought I would share this with you. How I wish you could join us, too!

    Much love and healing prayers,
    Deb

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  47. Sometimes knowing that life goes on, unaware, is the hardest part of any tragedy to accept. It's great comfort to find peace in nature, even when she has turned on us elsewhere.

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  48. Gorgeous picture!
    Peaceful!

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  49. I knew that you would post about this with perfection!!

    love to you.

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