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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, March 28, 2011


The wind blows the last memories of winter from the air, still a biting cold 23 F as March nears her end, perhaps so we do not forget the rare beauty of frosted windows and icicles. Bare-branch shadows dance on the brown muddy earth; the few remaining patches of snow in the yard melt and evaporate into a clear blue sky. All is quiet inside the house as I listen to the swell of gusts outside that rise and just as suddenly fall silent again.
I sat up and turned to view this through my window. I lay back down to watch the blur of swaying trees and sky reflected across my computer screen superimposed upon these words that have become textural elements of the whole.
I feel a deep silence within myself, it too rises and falls like the wind, like my breath, like an ocean of melancholy that sucks me down into my own depths then lifts me up in unexpected moments of grace, returning contentment and joyful swaths of light across the surface of calmer water… metaphorically… and on my breakfast plate in reality. This blend of shadow and light, emotions vying for attention fascinates me, exhausts me, and continues to hold me captive. 

I have not been visiting others blogs much of late, I have not spent a whole lot of time on the phone. I've not been very good about responding to emails either. And while I do have visitors occasionally, I struggle with those connections too. I seem to need to stay right where I am, investigating my heart and mind alone. Perhaps this is selfish, everyone is so kind stopping by to say hello to me, and while I miss visiting my blogging friends on the one hand, I also need to just be present to my own "stuff" right now. Please forgive my less than friendly behavior. Please try to understand that it really is not YOU, its ME. I'm not breaking up with you, lol, just taking a break from visiting. I may or may not write here on my blog, or stop by and say hello, I'll have to see how inspired I am to express myself, to connect. I guess it is time for a little inner spring cleaning...and who knows, maybe I'll actually do some organizing of our house along with my thoughts. Healing takes many forms.

gentle steps,


  1. ah those winds and oceans they hold within them so many mirrors to our emotions. tis a wise soul who knows how to step back and allow healing to take place, dear friend. sending you lots of love from both myself and ari;)

    ..and thank you for being such a beautiful inspiration.. xx

  2. I've felt the same Laura; it seems these weather changes are sucking the strength out of me and I find it hard to keep up with my daily tasks, let alone the things I love~~the blog, visiting, my art (I miss the most) or even the therapy of knitting.
    It is easy to get comfortable and warm and find myself almost in a light sleep......maybe our bodies are like the earth, slowly waking to the different seasons ahead....
    Be well.....


  3. Every so often, I think we humans need to hibernate too. You take all the time you need. We'll be here whenever you want to say hello or visit at our place... :)

  4. My friend, as you know, just to be is a blessing; just to live is holy. There are times when that is what we are to do.

    May you feel peaceful and at ease ~

  5. I understand. Take care of yourself.



  6. Blogging should ALWAYS be without obligation. Do what is best for you and your life! Thinking of you and wishing you the best!

  7. The last thing I would ever think about you is that you're selfish in any way. Listen to your heart and body. Rest. Heal. Your friends will be here praying for you and loving you no matter what you write, or don't.

  8. I love the way you express your feelings! Yes I have these feelings at times also. Do not worry about blog visits til you feel like it

  9. Take care and take your time Laura. You are in my thoughts.

  10. Take your time Laura!
    There's nothing to forgive, we all need to spend some time only with ourselves, so take care, and join us when you're ready:)

  11. Do what your heart commands Laura. Spring cleaning is so refreshing. Take care.

  12. I don't think anyone will have thoughts of offence, Laura. I understand something of what you mean. Sometimes we need to step away from the screen.

  13. How wonderful to have found your blog -- I look forward to reading back and learning more of your thoughts and insights --

  14. How nice to have found your blog, even at a time that is difficult for you. I'll look forward to your return and in the meantime read back to learn your insights already published --

  15. Listening to your heart, Laura, is a beautiful way to live.

  16. yes, healing takes many forms. and there is a time for everything. perhaps this is just your time for silent reflection. be at peace.

  17. Sometimes, you need to just be.

  18. We all have to take the time for our self. It is not selfish but to me its a healing time and a cleaning out of our self..The weather seems so to affect me also. My thoughts go out to you and for protection of all things needed. Does it for you seem that with our MS we have to watch life from the window?
    Love and Prayers,

  19. Just Be
    Listen to your heart
    Love and Prayers
    Sent to you
    I understand....

  20. Don't worry about visiting blogs. Taking care of yourself is what counts.

  21. Don't apologize...
    Take care of yourself.

    sending love love love

  22. Laura, Never feel bad about spending time meditating, thinking, or just sorting your thoughts out. That is what clears our mind and helps us keep everything in perspective. Your post is lovely, as usual, and gives us all something to reflect on. Take care. Mickie :)

  23. to everything a season
    may your cocooning hold within it the gifts you most want

  24. I really like seeing the abstract photos you publish. They contain so many possibilities for imagination. I don't think you're selfish - I think you're very creative, so you really need time for yourself.

  25. Laura,
    I should comment more often, but I find it more difficult these days. I think of you often and wish you the best. My little incident is a minor setback, and I'm sure I will mend within the next few weeks or months. It is very uncomfortable and I can't imagine some of the battles you must face monthly, weekly and daily. You are in my heart and prayers and I appreciate you stopping by so often to share your insight and your concerns and gift for caring.
    Be well my friend.

    Truly, Beaux

  26. Absolutely it is right for you to write, or not ~ visit, or not... Just following the flow of what you need. That is good and right for you. Lois

  27. How you touch my soul, dear heart. I am with you, in this space, and as you and I both know, it is what it is...

    I have more to say, but I will do so in an email.

    Love you,

  28. It's all perfectly fine, my friend, that you take a little sabbatical...I like to do that often, too. Inner spring cleaning, outer spring's time for that sort of thing.

  29. Hi Laura,
    thank you for stopping by my blog & taking the time to comment. :)
    You have such a wonderful blog here, filled with honesty, hope & love. It has been a pleasure to visit. I love all your side bars for ways to help. I do enjoy blogging, but i understand what you you're saying in this post... sometimes it is nice to take the time to be alone with where we're at... and blogging does have the tendency to take up a lot of time. Well, nice to "meet you," and come visit any time... I'll be back to visit, too.
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend!


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