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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.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

in




in
see the
weeds wither
leaves upon thin
drying stems curling
they do not resist a rest
surrendering to winter’s pull
spine knees and chin a fetal arc
i too find myself balling closer shrinking
tight toward my heart for warmth
whilst darkness drains vitality
energy gratefully redirected
though sapped of outer
strength nurturing
stillness rooting
down nest
ing rest
ing
in






The darkest time of the year is fast, approaching now that Kislev has arrived. My body reacts in this way year after year. It is as though chiyyut, life-force is slowed like tree sap, the neurons sticky and not responding as well as they do when the sun is high. Limbs stiff, speech physically difficult to articulate. Yet I have faith that when warmth returns with lengthening days, my strength and energy may as well. And so, though admittedly disappointed, being human, that I have less vitality than even a month ago, I am grateful for this time of slow stillness. Life is what it is, moment by moment. For now there is great blessing in observing sparkling shingles on the roof beneath my window. Frosty fairy dust I can see, frosty joints I can feel, all reminding me that it is a gift to be alive.

I invite you to visit my blog again on November 22nd or perhaps soon after, particularly if you happen to live in the United States, Thanksgiving is a busy day, full of family traditions. So when you are able, come read the Mega Mobius Gratitude Quilt 2012, and experience the profound beauty of this gathering that spans the world, a collaborative effort created by more than 200 people! You may leave your offering of gratitude in the comments section below the quilt post on that day if you like or perhaps share something on your blog with a link back to mine: www.shinethedivine.com


Thank you to Hilary at The Smitten Image for including Spiraling Return in her POTW (posts of the week) list. I am honored!












44 comments:

  1. Ah, this time of year can be difficult...my energy fades as well and the colder temperatures bring tremouring in their wake; thankfully minor. Still, this is the resting time, the time for long, slow, deep thoughts...

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  2. Lovely.
    The poem has that William Carlos Williams picasso touch to it.Great depth and change of pace.
    In short,did anyone ever tell you how magnificent you are?:-)

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  3. Beautiful-beautiful, Laura.
    I find myself struggling at this time of year also~~the body could be content to curl up for a *long winter's nap* and not resurface until Dec 26th. I find the barrage of marketing hoopla almost painful; it has nothing to do with thankfulness or celebrating what we HAVE......
    And as the days shorten to the season of dark, my mind is a bit in sad-mode and I work daily to increase prayer and bump up joy.
    And I am reminded of that through your posts....♥

    XXOO~~
    Anne

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  4. smiles...fall is the time of nesting...pulling in...we should also be reaching out as we do...like you do with the quilt....added your bit to the dverse post today. you got mine, but here again.

    small reminders
    daily, we are
    not alone.

    shalom

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  5. I do love the dark season, although my partner-husband sufferes with lack of sunlight. Lovely poem, circling inwards, creativity is bubbling. Lois

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  6. i was thinking along these lines, as well...

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  7. I love the shape of this poem ... like a diamond it shines :-)

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  8. I loved the way you shaped the poem to accent the meaning of your words...yes, nesting and resting...this that time of year!

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  9. Here, too, I am going into hibernation! Lovely words thank you

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  10. Happy Thanksgiving for Thursday! I hope you have a lovely time with your family.

    I'm sorry I didn't have a chance to participate in the quilt this year, but I will definitely stop by to see the final result :o)

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  11. love this...balling closer shrinking
    tight toward my heart for warmth...what a great image you wove...

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  12. I could get miserable with winter fast approaching now, do not like the sub zero temps, snow ice, at all and yet, my thoughts turn to spring to keep me from becoming too gloomy. This is lovely.

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  13. "Frosty joints" - I'm with you and the others who would happily move forward to warmer, longer days. I love it when it's still daylight at 7pm and I feel so alive, not sleepy and ready for bed.
    Looking forward to enjoying the quilt!

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  14. A perfect double etheree, though I had the greatest difficulty in deciphering the words due to the curly font and black background. I'm dreading the dark days of winter.

    Any chance of you posting the words in plain, like your notes?

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  15. Beautiful, Laura. Happy Thanksgiving !

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  16. A lovely poem of this time of year--the gradual drawing inwards. I think perhaps it is more necessary than we know. Happy Thanksgiving, Laura.

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  17. Unintentional, I am sure--but that "bent leaf" photo appears to be a violin scroll, that carved wood at the end of the neck...and I had trouble getting past that. May I use that photo some time in future as my blog post, or header picture? Of COURSE, a link would credit you, as well as the signature on the image. Either yes, or no, is OKAY!
    thank you!

    Laura, I loved reading your "Ode to Nature's Winter"...

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  18. A beautiful post, Laura.
    Happy Thanksgiving..

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  19. This is beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving to you...feeling grateful to have stumbled here:)

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  20. Yes, it is time to rest and nest.

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  21. This is my first visit here, just before Thanksgiving. Have a blessed holiday, and like your poem says, the leaf is wise, it knows to rest.

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  22. Beautifully written and a lovely photo.

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  23. ..do i, still, need to say 'beautiful' too after the comments above? ..yay, i felt it.

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  24. A double etheree, by gad! But I agree with vivinfrance- that type face is extremely hard to decipher, and the green colour on black didn't help. But full marks for the idea and the photo. :)

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  25. Close to nature... wonderful feelings...

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  26. I have never written an etheree let alone a double one
    The dark time is a time for contemplation and reflection. Spring will follow. Looking forward to viewing your quilt

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  27. thank you all for your lovely comments... I didn't know I was writing an ether or what one must do to create this form... and then a double... hmm... just writing from my heart. I guess this is how forms are constructed to begin with. The quilt is beautiful and ready to go up early tomorrow morning... beautiful because of all that was shared. I hope visitors will continue to add to it in the comment box after it is posted tomorrow.

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  28. I love your photo Laura! Autumn is my favourite season, for me, a time to rest and rejuvenate.

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  29. I'm the same way in winter, kiddo, like a hibernating bear. I love how you view this positively as a time of inner replenishment. Me, too. Love the photo and the poem. Looking forward to the quilt:)

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  30. Wonderful visual piece; the font, colours and carefully chosen words create a mood each alone could not. Ending on the 'in' you start with is a nice touch

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  31. My gratitude quilt square is . . . I am grateful for the spiritual journey even when the path grows faint and hard to see.

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  32. Beautiful shaped poem! So sorry about the dark. I don't really mind winter, but know that it's hard for some. k.

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  33. I believe it is hibernation time after Thanksgiving in the Northern Hemphisphere! Be back tomorrow or the next day to look at the gratitude quilt. Thank you for doing that.

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  34. What a lovely post, both melancholy and hope-filled - much like the season.

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  35. What a beautiful curled up leaf and lovely poem. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, full of resting, nesting and abundance :)

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  36. My Grateful Square : I am grateful to be blessed with this year of current health. I am grateful to be nestled within a loving family. I am grateful for hours spent in the garden, playing in the life. I am grateful for the ability to live and breathe and turning 50 was itself a gift. :)

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  37. Oh Laura..and you had such a great summer. I share some of your challenges on a much smaller scale, but I find this time of year more difficult as I know the colder weather will make my activities more limited and my pain worse until spring. This fall seems darker than usual....hugs.. Michelle

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  38. Dear Laura, just stopping by to wish you and yours a lovely Thanksgiving weekend,
    xoxo

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  39. I agree with you on the energy. The poem is lovely, and the leaf is beautiful in its aging.

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  40. laura...nestled within you is stillness...quiet. yet so much light and love pours from you. i will hold you in my thoughts.

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  41. That's a lovely poem!

    Late visit from Shadow Shots Sunday. Here's my link to Indoor Plants Shadow
    Your comment will be greatly appreciated.

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