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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.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Life Longs To BE


Shaded beneath a fallen tree, on a winter morning through softened snow, this bit of green beauty longed to grow 

…and it did.

I've been feeling well for several weeks now, able to do more and more around the house and even take short walks into the patch of woods behind our house with my poodle pal, Ellie. This means I've not been online much. Instead I'm living life, pushing through the "snow" of MS that has encased my body and left me in a virtual state of physical "frozen-ness" for the past four years. I am grateful beyond words. I don't know how long this remission will last...but it is here now. I AM HERE now and fully present to this gift of grace.
And speaking of gratitude...
Thank you to Louise @ the sacred cave for offering me this award.
This is the second time I've received this award which is deeply appreciated. The first time it was offered to me by Kristen @  the spirit that moves me.

where beauty grows
inspiring blog award
I thought, well if this one was given to me twice perhaps it is time to start a new blog award to be offered to those on whose pages beauty grows. I am selecting five blogs to get it going. There are so MANY blogs that inspire me, it is difficult to choose only five and that is why I need your help to spread the love. Even if you are not one to typically post awards on your blog permanently, I hope that you will accept this one long enough to breathe in the feeling of being appreciated, then copy and paste it, post it on your blog so that you can share it with a handful of other bloggers who inspire you.

Brandi @ ~serendipity~
... ok, and five more because I have ten fingers after all.
Teri @ Teri Hoover Photography
And ONE more for 
Emily @ Imperfect Prose (Thanks Em for all the time you've spent creating this beautiful meme...I'm sad to see it go, but you have some important work to do... all of it from a place of love!)

I'm so grateful for this current remission from MS I want to mention one more blogger who has inspired me please visit Rebecca @ Recuerda Mi Corazon and make a generous donation to support the work of MDA (MD is another terribly disabling disease, there are too many). 

Okay, ONE more: Karen @ Happy Hippie Yoga Chick

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  1. Just humming along reading your post about the little green life ready to grow. La de dom,,, hmmm de do... yup that is what I was doing. What a nice thought Laura wrote, humm dee dum,,,I am so happy for her less frozen state right now,,, hmmm hum de doo,,, and WHOA - what is this ? There is my name? I am honored - and a bit stunned. Blessings- you bright thing!

  2. How Lovely, Laura!!

    Thank you...this is a FIRST for me! LOL!

    And I am so glad that you are feeling well for the last few months. and with Spring around the corner (or here all Winter....) the greenery of the Earth will be present and accounted for.

    Hail to Hildegard of Bingen!!

    Love and Hugs,

    Jane (Lady Nyo)

  3. oh laura, i am SO SO happy that you've been experiencing this time of remission, and i'm so glad you've been able to take walks with ellie :)

    (and thank you so much for thinking of my little place as somewhere beauty is growing :)

  4. ~it a gift we take for granted all to often...the ability to step outdoors and breathe the fresh air...hear the wind blowing and seeing nature through out its ever changing ways...i know this gift of strength that has come is one that you will never take for granted...i know that by reading your words and seeing the moments you have been delicately have embraced each and every day that has come forth and helped shed light on living with grace and gratitude...i am so thankful and rejoice in your health...i pray for this energy to remain with you always...that strength forever be in you to carry on day from day...

    i love what you have created here am deeply honored and touched that you have passed this award along to me...i look forward to visiting these friends you have shared...congrats to you on a truly deserving award and to each you passed yours along to...

    we are blessed to have you in our day...much love light and blessings shining brightly upon you and yours~

  5. I'm so happy to hear that you are feeling well and soaking up the beauty of the world around you :o)

  6. Thank you so much Laura for the award. It is you who inspires me. I'm so glad I found your blog.

  7. A new bud sprouting to life. May this remission nourish the growth of this bud in unimaginable ways!

    Congratulations on the blog award:)

  8. good morning dear one,

    so much beauty here! thank you for your visit, support, compassion and deep personal understanding.

    i am so appreciative of your place here firmly in the sacred ordinary.
    i see the way our lives intersect on many extraordinary layers of interest and mindful intention.

    so glad life has brought us together.


  9. I'm so happy to hear you are experiencing feeling better.......that is wonderful news! Enjoy every moment!

  10. It's amazing how sickness can make us treasure all that is life. I battle RA, nothing in comparison to MS, but I do get what you are saying here. And thanks for the info on the blogs. I'll have to check them out. Praying for you!

    I am very happy because you feel much better and you are able to take walks. And I am sure that with your courage and positivity in the future you will feel much, much better.

    Many hugs and best wishes for you and your family

  12. I see plant growing. A new hope a new life.

    Watery Wednesday

  13. I am so glad for you my dear.
    Your happiness gets this far

    Joy always :-)

  14. Being a new follower, I did not know you have MS...I am so glad about this remission! Congratulations on your award!!! I know some people won't accept them and I can understand that, but they are fun, and can be so uplifting when we are feeling down.

  15. Lovely photograph and poem.
    I am so happy for you to be in remission. More power to you. May you live the good life.

  16. Thank you, dear Laura. I am so honored !
    I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better, that's wonderful news. xoxo

  17. oh friend i am rejoicing in your new growth, in this new life pulsing through your body! i pray this remission lasts long and full. i love you dear sister, and have learned so much from you. thank you. please stay in touch. love e.

  18. Laura - It's wonderful to hear that you are feeling so well, and that you are out enjoying the world. I'm so happy for you. Congratulations on receiving the award (twice). Much deserved.

  19. What a blessing -- let's all just give thanks again and again, letting the Creator know that you're willing to accept all the good times you receive. Enjoy every minute outside!

  20. I am going to miss Emily as well...but I'd love for you to hang around my place at my new meme Painting Prose...

  21. Fantastique compo et iamge quel jeu de lumière et d'eau grandisoe effet et captage.
    Belle journée


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