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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.

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If for some reason you are unable to attend Rosh Hashanah services this year, due to illness or for some other reason, please feel free to listen and meditate with this podcast offering Thursday and Friday morning: roshhashanah2014:5775.mp3 When I speak of looking around the room at other members of the congregation or standing with them to hear the shofar, take time to look at the people you love, who care for you when they are near. If standing is not possible for you, recline in your bed long and straight, listen for sounds in your environment, birds, passing cars, the wind or rain that invite you to wake up and pay attention. L'shanah Tova~Laura

Friday, July 22, 2011

A River of Stones: July 22


Morning prayers-Pranayama-Meditation
Bed covers smoothed
Sage matelesse blanket over sky blue sheets
Breakfast tray set across my lap by my beloved
Say motzi-- take a bite of toast
Exhale into a slender mug of tea
Steam rises up, the fragrance earthy, familiar
Swallow pills-Open emails
The world is filled with kind people
So many encouraging messages
Comfort washes over me
I’m ready for the home-health nurse to arrive
My favorite (they are all sweet, but she is especially dear)
The sun falls across the quilt my friend Sharon stitched with gentle hands for my birthday
It is directly in view, draped over the glider I nursed my daughters in as infants
A surprise early phone call moments ago from my father
My parents sister and brother-in-law are traveling in Norway
My brother called early last evening to wish me well
I feel loved-Contented-Surrounded by blessing
Ready to meet this day with a grateful heart

I was interviewed recently by my blogging friend Jidhu Jose...it is posted here today.

11 comments:

  1. Beautiful. You are surrounded by love always, Laura.

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  2. Seeing the beauty, a great gift!

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  3. This post radiates peace :o)

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  4. sending thoughts of healing and so much love your way. I see your energy growing as lesions and inflammation fades away. holding you close in light. xoxox k

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  5. I love your grateful heart.

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  6. Your description of your morning breakfast sounds yummy. Now waiting on a friendly nurse (they are nice). So glad the emails brighten your day! I wish you well...

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  7. Good Morning, My Dear Friend -- As always, the image you paint with words comes immediately to life in my mind! I see you sitting in comfort and peace-- how happy I am to imagine you in this light! I am happy also reading the beautiful loved-filled blessings being sent to you. You touch so many lives and we all eagerly grasp this moment to reach out and touch your life with loving prayers and heartfelt support. As you know, I am a being of music and cannot let another day pass without sharing the lyrics of another song -- one of my favorites and one that always brings thoughts of you to my mind when I hear it. Of course, the words of impending separation between these two friends does not apply at all, however the greater message -- "because I know you ... you are a handprint on my heart ... I am changed for good ..." is a message that truly applies! How blessed I am to hear this song and have you in my mind as I hear it!

    To hear it sung with lyrics go to:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzrGFQysfYU

    For Good - From the Musical "Wicked"

    ((Glinda):
    I've heard it said
    That people come into our lives for a reason
    Bringing something we must learn
    And we are led
    To those who help us most to grow
    If we let them
    And we help them in return
    Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
    But I know I'm who I am today
    Because I knew you...

    Like a comet pulled from orbit
    As it passes a sun
    Like a stream that meets a boulder
    Halfway through the wood
    Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
    But because I knew you
    I have been changed for good

    (Elphaba):
    It well may be
    That we will never meet again
    In this lifetime
    So let me say before we part
    So much of me
    Is made from what I learned from you
    You'll be with me
    Like a handprint on my heart
    And now whatever way our stories end
    I know you have re-written mine
    By being my friend...

    Like a ship blown from its mooring
    By a wind off the sea
    Like a seed dropped by a skybird
    In a distant wood
    Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
    But because I knew you


    (Glinda):
    Because I knew you

    (Both):
    I have been changed for good

    (Elphaba):
    And just to clear the air
    I ask forgiveness
    For the things I've done you blame me for

    (Glinda):
    But then, I guess we know
    There's blame to share

    (Both):
    And none of it seems to matter anymore

    (Glinda):
    Like a comet pulled from orbit
    As it passes a sun
    Like a stream that meets a boulder
    Halfway through the wood

    (Elphaba):
    Like a ship blown from its mooring
    By a wind off the sea
    Like a seed dropped by a bird in the wood

    (Both):
    Who can say if I've been
    Changed for the better?
    I do believe I have been
    Changed for the better

    (Glinda):
    And because I knew you...

    (Elphaba):
    Because I knew you...

    (Both):
    Because I knew you...
    I have been changed for good...


    Sending Loving Gratitude -- Share

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  8. your writing is so filled with your spirit, which is SO alive. sending you love on the wings of my heart Laura. I hope you have a joyful weekend.

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  9. Your beautiful words make me feel the strength of the human spirit. Wishing you a peaceful weekend Laura xoxo

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  10. Hi Laura, I love to read your soothing words here on your blog. When I read that comfort washes over you, it washes over me too. Wishing you and your family a lovely weekend. :)

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