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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.


Friday, November 4, 2011

Life Is A Very Narrow Bridge

Look for the blessings, seek them out each and every day, these are the words I say to myself, a personal mantra. This is how I find earth to meet my feet and air to breathe when I feel as though I’m falling, spinning, gasping, lost to myself like a tumbling leaf, shaken loose from it's secure tree home. I look for blessings. Simple is best, the sweet sound of my dog sighing in her sleep, the soothing scent of oolong tea, the weight and warmth of the mug fitting perfectly between my palms, the taste of the first sip early in the morning, a row of leaves hung like prayer flags carrying the secrets of a heart’s longings upon the gentle breeze, or a single bright autumn jewel resting on a stiff, tired weed. 

Kol ha’olam kulo gesher tzar me’od, veha’ikar lo lifached k’lal. The whole world is a very narrow bridge, and the main thing is to have no fear at all.” ~Rebbe Nachman of Breslav

Like all of us, Rebbe Nachman deeply understood the fragility of life, the depth of human suffering. He also knew and taught the value of a joyful heart open to gratitude for the blessings interlaced between life’s painful challenges. I don’t know if it is possible to go through life with no fear at all, it isn’t for me, not so far, but I'm no tzadik. Still I do believe we can hold both fear and blessing in the same warm cup carefully balanced between curved palms, delicate, fragrant, so full of emotion it could spill over in any moment. For this awareness I am grateful each and every day.

If you are wondering where I've been, we were without power from Sunday through Thursday evening from October's intense storm that pounded the northeast, dumping a foot of wet snow on our town, taking down leaf laden trees and boughs and many utility lines with them. Our area was hit particularly hard. We are grateful that the branch of the oak outside our bedroom did not break off any higher than it did or it would have landed on the roof above our bed. (My 14 year old daughter explained this to me in the morning using the pythagorean theorem!) We heard the sickening crack and saw only white for several minutes as it made its descent then slammed the ground, stirring up snow.


  1. My goodness, Laura. The weather conditions you've described and been experiencing sound really serious. I'm so pleased your power has been restored now and I do hope you're keeping snug indoors, enjoying those mugs of warming oolong tea (I've never had oolong). This post is another masterpiece. All of your writing has a poetic resonance and speaks to the universal soul that resides within each of us. Such a gift you have and such a gift you are! Big hug xoxo

  2. it's great to see you back here, Laura! I was thinking of you!
    Beautiful post:)

  3. I am happy that you are safe. Sorry about your power being out. It's difficult, I know. Our power was out for over ten days with Hurricane Wilma. Happy that you are back!

  4. Laura it's so nice to read your lovely, inspirational thoughts once again. The storm sounds frightening. (Yes, I haven't resolved all my fears either.)

    Glad you have your power back - and I don't just mean electric.

  5. Thank goodness you are all safe and sound! I saw a lot of news footage about the storm you had down there and it reminded me a great deal of the ice storm we had up here in Quebec in 1998!

  6. happy to see you back and that you survived that brutal storm.

    our snow didn't stick and we were really spared here in new jersey!!

    beautiful pictures and words today!!

  7. I am happy to hear that you weathered the storm and power outage. Having experienced this from hurricanes, I know first hand how terrible not having electricity is. I'm glad it's taken care of now. Stay well.

  8. Love the title of this post! I wonder whether some surprise challenges are just a way the Greater Being adopts to remind us to value what we have and not take life for granted! So glad you are safe!

  9. I love your leaf thought! My how terrible to be without power that long...happy that the branch missed you...

  10. so glad the oak branch did not hit your roof. what a wonderful daughter you have.

    thank you for the reminder of looking for blessings ~

  11. glad your treasure,
    your daughter,
    was not harmed.

    Welcome back to electricity!

    Aloha from Honolulu

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  12. I missed you Laura. I am relieved to hear that your have weathered the snow storm. Stay warm, enjoy your tea.

  13. Lovely leaves and words.
    I vaguely remember the Pythagorean Theorem from 9th grade algebra class and couldn't imagine how it could be applied to falling branches...then, I couldn't really imagine applying it to anything. Your daughter sounds a lot smarter than I am...

  14. I wondered how you were faring. Isn't it wonderful when the power comes back on? I'm glad you are all okay, but sorry to hear about your tree. Hopefully it will survive to have its picture taken for many years to come.

  15. Great to have you back Laura, beautiful words and photograph. Glad you are all okay.

  16. "..we can hold both fear and blessing in the same warm cup carefully balanced between curved palms" ...... A thought I will keep with me. Glad you are safe and with power Laura. keep warm!

  17. With all of the love and compassion that you share with the world, I would not doubt that you could be one of the tzadiks, sweet, sweet friend.

    I am catching up on my blog reading as I have not been very good at leaving comments lately. You are always in my thoughts and prayers and I miss you when we are out of touch. I am so glad that your tree is still standing tall.

    With so much love,

  18. I read about the weather in your area. It is where my daughter lived last year in Mass. So thankful you are alright. Here in the woods if power went out do not know what I would do...
    God is good
    Take care
    You are loved....

  19. hope you had a fireplace to stay warm by and heat your bathwater when the power was out

  20. I cannot believe a foot of snow fell... So early in the season. Very glad your family and home escaped the branch falling.


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