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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.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Netzach she b'Chesed

I will travel the path of connection 
for You have expanded my heart
                                                    (Psalm 119:32)

Each evening (which is the start of the day in Jewish time) I have been reading/working through/contemplating the teachings offered by Rabbi Yael Levy in her new book Journey through the Wilderness: A Mindfulness Approach to the Ancient Jewish Practice of Counting the Omer; a wonderful guide for anyone aware that they are traveling upon a spiritual path.

Today is the fourth day, Neztach she b'Chesed, Eternity within Love.

Rabbi Yael writes:
"The transformative power of love and generosity 
The acts of kindness that change us and the world
Cultivating the commitment to let what we most love and value guide our actions."

The teaching continues on:
"When am I acting out of fear? When am I acting from anger? What inspires me to act from love?"

Each question is a call to sit with, walk with and observe throughout this day.

When I look at the tears of dew collected upon this azalea bud poised to open I feel a sensation of swelling within my own breast, tears spill easily from my eyes, witnessing this tender beauty. Immediately I feel connected to the Divine flowing through all that is/was/will be, through me. Observing life, from death to birth and round and round again in the woodlands around my home, awakens and expands the wholeness of who I am in this moment, who I am continuously becoming, renews me each and every day, comforts me in the breadth of eternity sustained in a single breath as I inhale lovingkindess and exhale compassion, a gift for the gift of life.  We are born with a great capacity for generosity and lovingkindness; it is in the nature of being human. We are imbued with qualities of the ONE who formed us; yet cultivating these soul traits is a daily practice for the benefit of all beings and all BEINGNESS.

I invite you to join me and everyone who chooses to gently discern what is arising in our minds, hearts and spirits today, paying attention to our actions and from where they emanate; fear, anger or love. 

Thank you Rabbi Yael for this beautiful guide to counting the Omer, a practice in making every day count!


  1. It's ironic that we both chose a theme of 'journey' for our spiritual meditations. In my own faith, I followed the booklet "Pilgrims of the Heart" by Joyce Rupp during Lent. Now I want to go back and reexamine some of those readings which brought me such peace.
    Blessings on you, Laura!


  2. This is very good. I need to think about my path and what motivates me to love. I really liked this.

    Love the macro.....

    You remain in my thoughts and prayers.


  3. What a great writer and guide the Rabbi is Laura and thank you for sharing all these words of wisdom.

  4. Beautiful thoughts to go with this lovely shot.


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