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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.

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Small Stone: Jan 22, 2012, 500 Posts and a Give Away

A Small Stone: On my nightstand sits a carved figurine small enough to rest in my palm. Her head is bowed, legs crossed and stable, arms held open, hands clasped to form a heart shaped bowl, a space to place offerings.

On this, my 500th posting it is evident to me that that is what this blog is, an openhearted space where I place offerings for you. In return you fill it with healing gems of kindness and wisdom through your comments and emails.

I photograph, contemplate and connect words that arise, to the images I see. The more I write, the more clear my vision becomes and round and round the process spirals. Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice when we simultaneously move deeper inside toward Presence and step aside, out of our own way to allow that which is greater than ourselves to flow through, wedding us to all that is, to all beings, beyond time and space. It is a practice of surrender, of faith and trust to the serendipity of what will be revealed. While creative pursuits often require solitude to be birthed into being, the meaning of art is expanded, deepened, when shared with others. Offering our intimate expressions for others to experience gives art purpose, gives US purpose.

Like the tiny sculpture next to my bed, my head bows to each of you in gratitude, humbled by your compassion as you sit with me so often to read my thoughts, look at the world through my eyes with curiosity and support me on what has some days been quite an arduous journey.

I lit this candle in honor of YOU, in honor of 500 offerings, more than 500 followers and 30,000 unique guests from 135 countries around the world in just shy of 4 years of blogging, in honor of healing, growth, wisdom, compassion, lovingkindness, creativity, friendship and learning to see life’s blessings with more clarity each and every day. 

As a thank you for following my blog, I will send five lucky visitors who leave a comment stating interest, one photo card each, signed and suitable for framing. The card you receive will remain a mystery until it arrives...I promise they are all lovely. The winners will be announced on Thursday, Jan 26th...you do not have to have a blog to win. 
Thank you, thank you, thank you all!

Gentle steps,
Laura
 
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37 comments:

  1. Congratulations and Happy 500th post!

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  2. Laura,

    Your commitment to sharing your wealth of wisdom, all 500 (so far) posts of it, is so inspiring. Your presence, your HEART, is such a gift to the world. Thank YOU. XO

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  3. I am blessed each time I read one of your posts and view your beautiful images. I love imagining the ripple effect that these 500 blessings have spread throughout the globe. One person can truly do so much more good, share more light and love than we often think. Thank you, Laura and congratulations! With love and light - Jill

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  4. you know we appreciate your gentle encouragement. congratulations on your 500th post!

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  5. Laura, congratulations on the milestone. 500 posts is an amazing achievement and I know someday many of these beautiful posts will also becomes pieces of brilliant books that you will write and send out into the world...

    I bow to your inner beauty and the courage and love that you bring to each day. You are an inspiration to me every single day.

    I would be honored to win and receive one of your photocards.

    And, if I am not a winner, I still am because you are in my life, dear friend. xo

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  6. Congratulations on 500 posts! Your posts are gifts to all of us, I'm sure each and every one of your followers has been touched in many ways by your photos and your words. Thank you!!!

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  7. Beautiful! Happy 500th post!
    And hugs. xoxo

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  8. Happy 500th post! I enjoy reading your prose, and can tell that your soul resides in a place where serenity and ever-expanding spirituality exists. Lovely little sculpture with a dual purpose.

    Thank you for the visit.

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  9. Love your macro shots!! Have a great week ahead!

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  10. I love this figurine of yours, it perfectly expresses giving!!! I would like to be in this drawing, but you do not have to enter me, as I am a brand new follower, your older ones deserve more of a chance. Congratulations on your 500th, and wishing you many more so we can enjoy seeing your beauty and thoughts.

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  11. What an uplifting post...your photos are beautiful and your words very touching.

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  12. Congratulations on your 500th post.. quite an accomplishment. Your words of wisdom are quite lovely.

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  13. Congratulations! Love the stone-crystal-a geode. Best wishes! Mary

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  14. Laura... wow, 500th post! Just think, when we met you weren't even blogging! -- My how time flies. Our friendship has been a joy and delight and your writings always touch my heart, and hug me :) - I do love the little figurine - it's just perfect! heavenly! I love you dear friend -- here's to 500 more posts!!

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  15. Congratulations on your 500th post!

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  16. you have already gifted me an unimaginable amount of spirit, love, and energy through your photos and words. this spot is a true shelter from the storm. To receive one of your photos would be more than special. You're a lovely light Laura. congratulations and happy week to you. take good care now.

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  17. Congratulations Laura. I'm impressed with the numbers, but more so with the quality of content on your blog. You give so much through your words and your loving attitude, which comes through in each of your postings. It's an honor to have read many of them.

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  18. Celebrating your unwavering focus and your ability to allow blessings.

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  19. Congratulations Laura! I am happy for you. You are an inspiration. ^_^


    Kim,USA

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  20. I love the crystal and heart shape!! And the fact that you've now composed and published 500 posts is definitely a milestone. Beautiful images.

    As for your giveaway, that is a super idea...but you don't need to include me in the list for the 'drawing'...I really don't need anything so let others who do join in.


    My post for Monday: LANTANA BLOSSOMS & BERRIES

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  21. Dear Laura, congratulations on your 500 posting and I love the sentiments in this post and the description of your writing and what it means to you, as I can relate.;)
    Have a great week,
    xoxo

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  22. Congratulations on 500!

    Beautiful pictures

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  23. What a beautiful sentiment Laura.
    You have perfectly composed and captured what this little thing called "blogging" has done to my own life, through my own little blog and stumbling creative pursuits.
    Thanks so much for your comments on my blog.
    Cheers,
    Leah

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  24. Its pretty and unique. Visiting from IHM!

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  25. What a lovely post. Congratulations on your 500th post. The sculpture in your photo is a sweet one; I imagine it being a companion of comfort and reminder of love, acceptance, hope and peace. Wishing you boundless blessings !! Namaste ~~

    Visiting from MYM ...

    Here is my MYM entry!! Happy week!!

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  26. Congrats on your 500th post, Laura! This is worth a celebration! Wishing you a great week:) and happy MYM, from Jesh

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  27. Laura, the space you have created here is special ~ filled with light and color, mindfulness and grace. It is a privilege to listen and learn as you share your journey.

    Blessings to you, my friend ~

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  28. Big congratulations to you for gifting us with 500 beautiful posts. What a kind and generous offering in celebration. Wishing you many, many hundreds more post.

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  29. Congratulations on 500 posts! Your blog is one of the blogs I most enjoy reading, and I always come away blessed and encouraged from spending time here. Thank you again for pointing me to The river of stones; that is turning out to be one of the most awesome things I have ever taken part in, and it happened exactly at the right time in my life. Keep writing, Laura, keep sharing your wisdom and insight! Bless you.

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  30. Congratulations to you. I've enjoyed visiting your blog quite a bit, Laura.

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  31. So pretty!

    Yellow at my page. Please come and see. Thanks!

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  32. Beautiful photos. Thank's for sharing:)

    Visiting for Mellow Yellow Monday! Hope you can stop by:)

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  33. What a wonderful post. I think it's amazing to have blogged so long myself and while I've not had quite the following I too appreciate all who do stop by and have become a part of my life. Congrats on your milestone. It would be wonderful to win a photo of yours.

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  34. beautiful giveaways :-) Visiting from MYM Sis, hope that you can return the visit too.

    http://www.mommies2ks.com/2012/01/invited-for-a-birthday-party.html

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  35. So beautiful! Congratulations in your blogging journey. Hope more years to go.

    Visiting you from Mellow Yellow Monday . I'll be glad to see you on my MYM entry.

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