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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Gratitude For Sacred Moments Of Awareness


In any moment gratitude is possible.



Most certainly in exquisite places where vibrant wild flowers adorn a mountainside, or the seemingly endless sky is blanketed with downy clouds. Of course we feel gratitude in glorious spaces and comforting circumstances.


And yet, a simple, desiccated moth wing blown across the pavement can serve as a reminder that there is beauty in the fragile remnants left behind; an invitation to recognize that brokenness is a blessing all it’s own, opening our hearts to deeper understanding and acceptance of the wholeness of life, just as it is.


Yes, noticing a tiny, patterned moth wing, drying in the sun is an opportunity to express our gratitude for sacred moments of awareness, no matter how, when or where we find them.


linking to my friends @
Skywatch Friday


Our daughter is still going through the program at the PPRC, though we will be home for the long weekend. This has been a challenging time for the whole family in different ways. While I cannot speak for the rest of the family, I am grateful for the healing and growth I see in all of us through this experience.

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog, leaving kind, supportive comments, and for the many emails too. I hope that once we are through this I will be able to be in a "normalized" routine at home so I can start visiting blogs and replying to email more regularly again.

gentle steps,
Laura

45 comments:

  1. I adore your small moments of thankfulness -they are so beautiful!

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  2. Beauty is a fragile thing, and we must take care of it and nurture it. Otherwise, that little broken moth wing is just going to get trampled under our feet, and forgotten by the world...

    Hope your daughter feels better. The best of luck to her :)

    Cheers,
    Arnab Majumdar on SribbleFest.com

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  3. Beautiful moments of gratitude ~

    Thank you for sharing them.

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  4. Your wildflower is fireweed. It grows most profusely in areas which have been burned, and I think it fits perfectly with your post. Fire burns, cleanses, purifies, and brings forth beauty and renewed vigor. Trials also, if we let them, cleanse and purify, bringing forth beauty and strength.

    May God bring your daughter and your whole family through this trial, and may each of you be stronger because of it.

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  5. I admire your gratitude in the face of trouble. Bless you.

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  6. Beautiful photos and thoughtful words.

    You all remain in my thoughts and prayers.

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  7. Beautiful in every way and oh so true.

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  8. Such inspiring words, Laura. I honestly don't know how you always manage to put a positive spin on everything, with all that is happening in your life right now. I can imagine how exhausting and draining those long days at the treatment centre will have been. I am quite sure that, even though I am largely a positive person myself, I'd be collapsing in an exhausted heap at the end of each day...yet, you still make time to notice the little gifts that life scatters along the stony pathways and to offer uplifting thoughts to the world. Yes, you are truly amazing!!!

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  9. gratitude for beauty is a wonderful thing, thanks for taking the time to remind us of the beauty nature surrounds us with

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  10. I love that first shot - the intensity of the blue in the sky, and the flowers!! Good capture of the moth wing!! I look for feathers...

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  11. So much beauty to be grateful for and to share--why I love visiting your blog every week.
    Take.good.care.

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  12. Love your photos Laura. And gratitude should never be forgotten.

    My Sunset

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  13. Love the shots of the lovely flower against that blue sky! The same flowers in Norway are alle gone now!

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  14. thank you for a lovely walk through such pretty landscapes. gratitude is a challenge and a gift, and i hear your reminder.
    love and light to you and your family.

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  15. The small beautiful things like these flowers ARE something for us to enjoy and be thankful of:) How are you? Jesh from FB

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  16. Love how you've captured the insignificant coming into focus against the vast - great atmosphere!

    Have a great weekend!

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  17. Those flowers are absolutely beautiful!

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  18. Thank you for the beautiful post! I wish you and your family all the best!

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  19. Beautiful photos and even more beautiful words!
    Thank you,
    Shirley

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  20. Love the third photo. It's strange how the big things in life (hurts, struggles, dramas) can help us focus on the small, everyday blessings in a fresh way.

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  21. I'm a sucker for flower shots against the sky, but I especially love the progression from closeness to distance.

    I hope things get better soon. The trials we face usually make us stronger and more aware of gifts, but it's never easy in the midst of the experience. Shabbat Shalom.

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  22. Laura, your post has brought peace to a hectic and difficult day.
    Words, photos, the beauty of the small.....
    Thank you.

    XXOO~~♥
    Anne

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  23. Ah, you inspire me to pieces. Your struggles would destroy me. God bless your heart.

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  24. The photos you chose for this post are lovely, Laura :o)

    Enjoy your weekend at home with your family :o)

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  25. These are gorgeous captures against the bright blue sky.

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  26. Those little things that show us our connectedness to All Tat Is are a treat in themselves.
    I did not realise your daughter had problems, we at present are also enveloping our granddaughter in white light as she has scoliosis with a twist and is restrained in a solid body armour from knee to neck.
    Pain is difficult to live with on a long term basis. I do hope something really good comes from the treatment programme.

    How are you yourself managing? I still keeo you licked in my prayers.

    Those wildflowers and mountains take me back to much loved places. Thanks.

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  27. oh friend... the image of that moth wing... so perfect. so powerful. so God.

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  28. "...an opportunity to express our gratitude for sacred moments of awareness..." Seeing the sacred in everything and expressing gratitude for all that is. May you and yours be happy in each sacred moment.

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  29. Beautiful photos and words Laura.

    Greetings and best wishes for you and your family

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  30. What a beautiful post and and a beautiful blog. Love your photo's

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  31. Beautiful! Praying peace and comfort for your family during this challenging time.

    --Sadee @ www.aPicturebookLife.blogspot.com

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  32. I've been away from reading for a bit and just caught up with what's happening. You are truly a wonderful and strong woman who continues finding beauty among all you're going through. I pray for you and your daughter that you receive what is in your best interest.

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  33. Two weeks ago my son noticed that a butterfly was "resting" on the glass in the door to our kitchen. Today I noticed a butterfly in the same place. If he hadn't mentioned it earlier, I might not have noticed. Once we are aware, it's hard not to be.

    May the weekend be a time to rest and restore ~

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  34. i just wrote a poem (not published, yet) on a very similar topic, inspired by the fragility of tattered butterfly wings... i've been catching up here, relating, as usual, to many of your soul's struggles and triumphs, as you live with the daily challenges that your body and that life brings to you. may you continue to have grace for each day. may you be enfolded in the love of God. may you be drawn into a close communion with Him through all the experiences of your existence.

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  35. Lovely, lovely photos and beautiful words--a point well worth making too. How grateful we all should be--so many blessings in all our lives. Have a wonderful weekend. Mickie :)

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  36. "And yet, a simple, desiccated moth wing blown across the pavement can serve as a reminder that there is beauty in the fragile remnants left behind; an invitation to recognize that brokenness is a blessing all it’s own, opening our hearts to deeper understanding and acceptance of the wholeness of life, just as it is."

    Wow... that is just beautiful, really. That is a poem, you know? Thank you.

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  37. What a beautiful prayer. I was praying for you and your family on Yom Kippur. It is incredible how you connect the intricacies of life into the details of your art and writing. May G-d bless you and your family, Love, Becky

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