Shine the Divine:

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.

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YOU ARE INVITED TO ADD YOUR PATCH TO THIS YEAR'S 6TH ANNUAL GRATITUDE QUILT!

It is easy to participate in the Gratitude Quilt: Open a new word doc on your computer (or take out a sheet of paper and a pen). Close your eyes. Place one hand on your heart, then your other hand over that, giving yourself a gentle hug. Breathe into and out through the center of your heart for several breaths. Now, exhale slowly. Inhale deeply. Exhale again… type or write whatever you are most thankful for in that moment. Do not edit just let the words flow. There is no need to translate into English if that is not your native tongue. Copy and paste the words into an email and send them to me laura@shinethedivine.com by November 24th so I have time to "stitch" out words together. Please type the words "Gratitude Quilt" in the subject line.

Opening our hearts, connecting with many souls around the world in thankfulness is a generous, courageous, loving act, exposing light during a time in which we are facing some very real darkness on our planet, and for some, in our personal lives as well. I look forward to receiving your words of gratitude.

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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Old Shall Be New




old shall be new
on this you can depend
impermanence is one aspect of reality
yet nothing is lost
transformation transcends the edges
once perceived as fixed
opening to boundlessness
shakes the ground from which all life
perpetuates itself
the firm foundation
what we knew
as true
is soft enough to enfold
love
and give again
new from old










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46 comments:

  1. bravo to your dad ~ awesome, colorful macro shots ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

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  2. Perfect for today! And the words and photos mesh so well. I like the progression of the photos too. Well done!!

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  3. Thank you Laura. I sure appreciate the beauty of your words and pictures.

    Hope you are doing well.

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  4. This is a beautiful series of shots. Hope your Easter was wonderful.

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  5. Images that hold a lot of promise! Beautiful photography...and I loved the verse! Impermanence is indeed one aspect of reality.

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  6. Really love this. Best piece I've read today and so true!

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  7. ...to give again new from old...
    Beautiful words to match your exquisite pictures. Very uplifting on this Monday.

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  8. Beautiful macro shots of the buds and leaves. I love the interesting colours and textures.

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  9. Congratulations to your father ...what an achievement. This is a wonderful spring piece that brings forth everything renewed, especially, hope.
    Lovely.

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  10. I will never be tired of hearing this reminder, that nothing is permanent, things will every now and then be shaken up. :) Really liked the way you expressed it in your poem.

    Love the pictures of the buds too.

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  11. Actually....I like the 'old' flower seed pods from the Crepe Myrtle too. But the 'new' Spring is always great images.

    COME INTO MY PARLOR said the SPIDER to the FLY is my Monday post link. Do come by if you get a chance, I'd love to have your company!!!

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  12. Very beautiful series of photo! I enjoyed them very much.

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  13. Amen! And well done to your Dad.

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  14. Hi Laura, the video made me cry. I lose my father not in war and still I always remember him and still cried. I can only imagine how a person feels if you lose any of our love ones in war, I too would think of them my whole life. These video is beautiful. It remind me that family is the core of the society and if a government or any body will break it the whole society will be broken.
    Like your macro shots and words thanks for sharing!!

    xoxo
    Kim,USA

    Macro Monday

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  15. Glorious images, as always. I especially love "firm foundation....soft enough to enfold love".......beautiful, kiddo!

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  16. I can imagine your verses embossed on one of those wonderful naturalistic images that you portray, as an icon of rebirth and growth.

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  17. what a wonderful thing it is to slow and witness the opening of time in a bud. Beautiful

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  18. Your words are truth-filled. Your photos, inspiring. A blessed day to you, Laura.

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  19. Oh wow these are beautiful photos and I loved the words. Thank you!

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  20. Heisann1

    Please join the Blogger's Sunday Walk on the 15th. ;:OD)
    Comment on my post if you want to!

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  21. Just beautiful. Your images and words always are.

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  22. old is new - thank goodness! Happy spring - beautiful photography!

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  23. Beautiful...rebirth from old to new again. Such wonderful photography

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  24. That's beautiful, a beautiful and hopeful thought.

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  25. This is one the whole world should be required to read....the message would do us all some good. Great thought process.

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  26. I loved the poem and the underlying though.beautifully warmly expressed.I especially like the following lines:

    transformation transcends the edges
    once perceived as fixed
    opening to boundlessness

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  27. LOVELY, Laura, both in word and image... I love this time of renewal :o) Thank you for all the inspiration ((HUGS))

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  28. Gorgeous progression of new growths!

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  29. lovely and perfect for the easter season...love the hope in it and hope you had a great easter...

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  30. give again..new from old..that's what spring does...awesome to watch and to feel how it effects us as well..beautifully penned and love the pics as well

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  31. Absolutely wonderful - I loved the unity of this.

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  32. a gorgeous write! & beautiful pictures

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  33. This was beautifully done with words and by pictures
    http://leah-jamielynn.typepad.com

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  34. Nature gives again and again--this is what I felt as I read your piece and saw your pictures--Lovely!!!

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  35. Very nice piece. Love the flowers, so beautifully photographed and how they enhance the mood of the read. In the read, I really like how you showed the cycles and seasons of life here, very effectively done. Thanks

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  36. Boundless, indeed!

    This is one of my favorite poems of yours, Laura.

    The firm foundation we can only wonder at as we pass through this realm.

    And yes, on the flowers. Nice fuzzy ethereal quality.

    Enjoy your spring!

    ox

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  37. ...and give again... That is the miracle. Just beautiful!

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  38. Beautiful images matching your words.

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  39. Perfect crisp images for a perfect spring poem- this part of life's cycle is always so refreshing after a long hard winter

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