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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Witnessing Our Presence


Lilac buds are announcing their presence to New Hampshire, where we have been waiting many months for their arrival.

If you look closely at the top right branch you might notice that two buds, side by side form a heart shape. Even though each is (will blossom into) a flower of its own, in this photo they are interdependent upon one another to create the unified heart we see in the image.

I am thinking about this today, considering our presence in the world (my presence in the world) and how we claim our right to be here with the wholeness of our hearts. I am thinking about how I have changed and grown and blossomed through the years. I am thinking about loss and love and freedom. I am thinking about how the earth and sky and God, a friend, a lover, a child and our own self-awareness are witnesses to this declaration, to this claiming of our right to be here, the necessity of our presence in the world at this exact moment, just the way we are, flawed and beautiful. I am thinking about how each and every day we must do the same for others; bear witness to their existence to their right to be here, perfectly imperfect, whole in their brokenness. With each inhalation we experience life entering us…oxygen fills our lungs, but also the breath of every other being who has lived and breathed becomes one with us. With each exhalation we say hineni, here I am, and give a trace of our essence to all of life through our own breath in return, interdependent, individuals becoming one through the simple rhythm of breathing in and out.

I have missed visiting you on your blogs this past week, witnessing your growth, your stories, your beauty. I will be stopping by slowly, sipping the sweetness of your posts with deep appreciation and awareness, being as present to you as I can be, one blog, one email message, one breath at a time.



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PS. Today is the last day to make a donation to For Japan With Love,  a disaster relief blogging fundraiser through Shelter Box. The generosity of many bloggers joining together as one has raised enough to shelter 62 families in Japan so far. The original goal, was to be able to help 5 families. Thank you so much to everyone who participated, you still have time if you haven't yet. Just click the purple link above to go directly to the donation page, or the button on my sidebar.

57 comments:

  1. so glad you will be linking this to guest heart thursday! beautiful!

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  2. Budding heart / blossoming into beauty . . . / Life!

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  3. So much on your mind.
    One breath at a time - it's how he made us. I have to remind myself of that so often. I appreciate your words.

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  4. WHat a lovely message you give us in this post :o) And lucky you for having lilac buds already!

    I'm sorry I haven't been around much lately either, I'v ebeen busier than I have in a while!

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  5. Lovely thoughts and so true! We are growing slowly into a beautiful flower or whatever
    kim

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  6. Yes indeed you found another heart- thank you so much. I am always on the look out for hearts in the wild. I found one yesterday in the bark of a tree and just sent it to my sister. How have I missed the ones on my own very dear lilac!!? Blessings to you and thank for the gently reminder... breathe-xo teri

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  7. more beautiful wisdom from you. I love your lilac bud heart. isn't it a miracle how things grow? watching spring unfold is so heartening. have a beautiful evening Laura.

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  8. Your words are always so inspiring to me - telling me to take a breath and be fully present to the moment! And those photos - I miss lilacs! That is one tree that won't grow in the South... Much love, Silke

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  9. Thank you for the stunning black and white photograph! The buds are outstanding promises. We all love promises.

    What ever you bring to the table, is enough!

    Blessings.

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  10. that simple rhythm of breathing, if only we could live by it...love the little hearts...keep blooming...smiles.

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  11. Take your time, sweet friend. Like the fragile blossoms that you so beautifully photographed, we must be gentle with ourselves in order to grow.

    Love you, Laura.
    Deb

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  12. Beautiful post packed with a comforting message.
    I didn't realize that about lilacs. The heart bud is pretty. I like the interdependence part. In order for human relationships to grow and bear fruit also, I think we need to be interdependent also.
    A strong marriage is when the two hearts intwine.

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  13. I love how the heart message abounds in the universe, Laura. And I love that you capture it.

    Can't wait to smell the lilac again.

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  14. What a gentle reminder to see those around me. To really look and see, people with full lives and interesting stories, beautiful in their brokeness with the right to be here. Lovely.

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  15. Thank you for the thoughts about interdependence...you stir my soul with the depth of your words.

    No hurry, no worry, take your time to breathe.

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  16. Love to come by and read your inspirational thoughts dear Laura. Yes indeed, everything alive has the right to be here, whether it is humans, animals or even plants. And they all have something to show us or to teach us, just like your beuatiful bud did.;)
    Have a lovely day and enjoy the first signs of spring.;)
    xoxo

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  17. Wonderful capture against the blue sky. Great post.

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  18. Your thoughts are always insirational. For today I'll try to focus more on my breath - one at a time.

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  19. A heartful of love to you, Laura. I'm looking for the buds here, not yet, but I hope they will come soon. The birds are building nests though, and that is a lovely sign.

    Love the notion of "hineni," here I am. Your words here are so powerful, us breathing life into one another by our pure presence of beingness. I am very glad to have read this this morning.

    May you have a glorious day...

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  20. What blissful shots! I see a heart-shaped bud!

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  21. Once again you have filled my heart and inspired my soul. Thank you!

    And thank you for linking with Guest Heart Thursday. Budding hearts, full of promise!

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  22. Hi Laura, the lilac branches look so pretty against the sky and I love the heart you found! :)

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  23. Our lilacs are in fat bud right now as well and offer hope and fresh breath even as spring doles out her bounty with stingy hands this year. It's easier to focus on simple, singular blessings, isn't it, when the landscape remains stark. Hugs to you my friend.

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  24. A spring heart...so pretty :)

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  25. Beautiful little budding hearts, a perfect way to welcome spring.

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  26. laura, these blossom are sign that the SPRING IS COMING
    WELCOME
    CONGRATS
    http://graceolsson.com/blog/2011/03/slice-piece-of-myself/

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  27. sweet views of the spring sky with little heart shaped buds, hope the week is good to you

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  28. Such a beautiful sign.. lovely.

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  29. Hiya Laura,
    Having great trouble to accept my 'brokenness' at the moment, I must say.
    After yet another diagnosis that is hard to live with. Hopefully acceptance will arrive sometime soon. Missed your visits.
    Hope the buds will make it through the bouts of bad weather.

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  30. Hi Laura, our lilacs are budding, too, and it's so delightful to see them. Terrific shot for the day! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Spring is on it's way!!

    Sylvia

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  31. Lovely message and photos of the lilac buds. Yay, spring is here!

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  32. Someone else who has been examining the lilacs, looking for new growth! I had not realized that some of the buds came in heart shapes, though!

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  33. Laura, I feel the same way about missing blogs when other things call my time away from the majestic computer friend land. But we are ever together in hearts joined.

    We have an early spring here in Texas, as I've shown, and you've obviously known for most of your life. But we do not have lilacs and I dearly dearly miss them, more than any other plant since I left Canada.

    Sweetness, love and light to you always.

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  34. Your image of breaths mingling love is priceless.

    To Japan, to us all.

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  35. Love seeing these buds - especially the heart shaped one.

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  36. So great to see the first of spring blooms!!! So filled with beauty and hope!

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  37. The heart shaped buds are wonderful.

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  38. Nice photos of the springtime buds, and excellent thoughts in the post.

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  39. Budding hearts sending love around.

    Thank you, Laura.

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  40. These are great captures.

    Have a lovely weekend.

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  41. Lovely post (again). I am always happy to see your name on my posts. Lilacs are so spectacular when they bloom, and the fragrance is so wonderful--hard to not find joy in life when you see and smell them. Those buds will "explode" shortly. Have a wonderful weekend. Mickie :)

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  42. Hello Laura, your photos are fantastic. I can see that a bud is like hope, it comes back over and over again. Happy Friday!
    Moon shots

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  43. Beautiful budding hearts. May they open and bloom soon!

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  44. Beautiful shot,buds to welcome spring.

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  45. Beautiful shot of lilac buds against blue sky.

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  46. Perfectly imperfect. Great thought for me today.

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  47. The bud is a constant sign of hope and renewal, here and in Japan and the Middle-east too. I hope you're not getting hammered with snow today!

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  48. what beautiful words about our humanity... so deep and heartfelt. I'm inspired :)

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  49. Lovley post and thanks for the link. Beautiful sky capture!

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  50. the necessity of our presence in the world at this exact moment, just the way we are, flawed and beautiful.

    wow, laura...

    these lines, they will hold me together for a long time. i am so grateful for you.

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  51. Lovely post! We can all do somehting to make a diffrens for other people. I like your photo wery well and also the bw up here.
    Wish you a happy and blessed weekend Laura, hugs from Tania in Norway:-)

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  52. I love the little bud hearts, and I love how you express your thoughts around them! Thank you again for sharing your amazing insight!
    Hugs :-)

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  53. I love signs of Spring. Great shots.
    This I do...

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