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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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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Everything Illuminated




everything illuminated
would be
too beautiful
to hold
a heart would surely break
perhaps beyond repair

every                thing

breathing

illuminated


clear


awakened

glimpses

we are offered glimpses
and that is
enough
every                 thing

would be too much
shadows serve 
to protect us
from
DIVINE
brilliance we could not
cannot
fathom

with gratitude we inhale
hodaYa
with compassion we exhale
dayenu
enough





For more images of nature's eternal beauty and a sequence of poems to dwelling with them, please visit my post @ Buddha Chick Life, where you'll find many inspiring articles, poems and images from wise women gathered and growing together. This month's theme is Nature as Teacher and Healer. A topic you know is dear to my heart.

If you are counting the Omer, today is day 24, Tiferet she b'Netzach, Beauty that Endures. Rav Yael opens her teaching with this single sentence from Psalm 24:1

"The earth and all that is, 
is filled with Divine Presence."

You can find the rest of her exquisite offering here.

And, this week's Minucha B'Lev meditation tele-circle on Thursday will be related to today's poem at the top of this post.







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32 comments:

  1. My Laura - beautiful. My world is similar
    but cannot capture on the camera like you do.
    Rain during the night by the woods, have been weeding, everything is growing at a rapid pace.
    Have a good day!!!

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  2. Laura, Thank you for this lovely praise. I have always been drawn to illumination. It is truly a woman's power as a mother to life....xo

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  3. Beautiful, Laura. I love this ... "shadows ... protect us from Divine brilliance" ...

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  4. Laura..I will add this to Nature Notes when I finish it. You know I have been going out and taking photos from your angle because it gives me a while new outlook and a perspective. I have been in a wheel chair and it has been in the basement for quite a while. May it stay there and may yours move down there too...Moving to my house 8 years ago took me from house bound to outside again. I rehabbed walking in the yard watching nature so I know its healing powers. I will go to the other blog too...hugs..Michelle

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    1. Hi Michelle,
      I'm not in my chair all the time, just when we go out places that are big, spacious and noisy...too much stimulation shuts my cns down and I start to lose my ability to talk, walk, think clearly. These photos were all taken on early morning walks in the woods behind our home. When it is cool in the morning I have been able to get out and meander about with my camera. Something I could not have done 6 months ago or for the past 3.5 years before that, and still can't some days...it just depends. The forest is quiet, I go slow, get as close as I can to each beautiful growing thing I see. It is meditation in motion with my camera. I don't know how much longer I'll be able to go out...soon it will be too hot...and who knows how long this second remission (yes it took six weeks but I'm in remission again) will last...I'm grateful for every step, for every glorious sunbeam illuminating the woods as the world wakes up a little more each day.

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  5. love the inhale and exhale...and how they used to take the vowels out so it sounded like a breath...yes, there is much in that...smiles...

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  6. Laura, I love this. Just beautiful!

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  7. You know - sometimes nature, even the smallestt things, the most ignored things, the seemingly valueless things, can be the most beautiful , and you captured that feeling so well here....breathe in, breathe out....love it (stump )

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  8. what a great way to think of it. we could not handle the spirit in all its glory. :)

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  9. Laura, this is stunning. Photos and words.

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  10. This is so beautiful, Laura. Breathtaking.

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  11. Very beautiful words and pictures.

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  12. Love your blog, especially this post.

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  13. Laura- I'm so glad I found your words and photos today! I am really touched and inspired! Thank you for sharing them.

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  14. a beautiful post, it's just reminded me of a film called 'Everything is Illuminated' a very touching and at times very funny tale based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer. have you seen it Laura? love the image of the web in the light. xx

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  15. 'Shadows serve to protect us from divine brilliance'
    I wonder how we would all react if we could see our luminous selves minus the shadows. Then again, the shadows are what make us whole.

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  16. shadows protect us... that is an awesome thought.

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  17. a very touching post - thank you

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  18. Yes, a brilliance we cannot possibly fathom!

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  19. this is a thoughtful and lovely post :)

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  20. emotional words and images.....just lovely..

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  21. Beautiful, Laura!

    Greetings from Irene

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  22. Wonderful images and lovely words!
    Thanks for sharing, Laura;o)

    ***
    Hope you are having a very nice week****

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  23. You inspire me as you comfort my heart. Thank you so much.

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  24. These words and images inspire me so much today--thank you, Laura! It's lovely to catch up with you after being away for some days. :o) ((HUGS))

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  25. Your photography and words are so beautiful, Laura. Have you ever thought of publishing a collection of them in a book?
    xoxoxo

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  26. shadows serve
    to protect us
    from
    DIVINE
    brilliance we could not
    cannot
    fathom


    wow. i love this. and that last photo? absolutely (divinely) beautiful.

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