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.

Translate

Kelly Mann 5k Run

Please help my friend Liliane raise funds for the 9th Annual Kelly Mann 5k Run to raise money for BRIDGES DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUPPORT SERVICES INC. Click here to go directly to her donation page.

In July 2004, Kelly Mann was brutally murdered by her husband in her Nashua home, while her three children listened in a nearby room. Kelly's three young daughters; Ashley, Lauren, and Katie work with Bridges each year to put on the Kelly Mann 5k in memory of their mother. We need to join together to prevent these tragedies from happening again. You can help! Sponsor a runner/walker; participate in the event; provide a raffle prize or sponsorship. This extraordinary fundraiser will provide funding for Bridges; provide awareness in the community; allow the community to show its support in ending domestic violence AND most importantly, will help Kelly’s daughters to heal and allow them to celebrate her memory with others.

Click on images in the body of each post to enlarge them. *Interested in purchasing a photo you see featured on my blog? Please send me an email and we can discuss size, finish and pricing.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Is It Stealing?



is it stealing God
capturing time through a lens
is it stealing God?








Is it stealing God is it stealing?
Crouching down then half kneeling,
one worn denim knee nesting on wintering
weeds gone gold in the fleeting sun o’er a farmer’s
fallow field.
Is it stealing?

Hungrily taking photos
attempts my heart knows are folly,
capturing time through a lens,
digital morsels marking the majesty of a single moment,
then another,
and another.
Nourishing my soul as I feast upon Your bounty,

Is it stealing?

Is it blessing?

Pausing to see with ready attention beauty dying
before my eyes as light departs.  
Observing the luminous globe sinking into the horizon,
sky ribboned lavender, heather, cornflower, fading blue
tears wet joy glide down iced cheeks,
feeling full satisfaction simply, (simply?)
witnessing the wonder of it all.

This act of narrowing expansive awareness into
images that if printed will decay
or stored virtually as pixels will likely be
forgotten
long after the wild grasses have crumbled
the seeds swaddled in soft soil
birthed and re-birthed,
surely more seasons
than I shall live.

Is it blessing God is it blessing?
Crouching down then half kneeling,
one worn denim knee nesting on wintering
weeds gone gold in the fleeting sun o’er a farmer's
fallow field.
Is it blessing?






I just realized this was my 613th post. There are 613 mitzvot (commandments in the Torah)

Hver torsdag:

Skywatch Friday









and then, she {snapped}

Haiku Friday




MellowYellowMondayBadge

visit The Imaginary Garden

112 comments:

  1. The images are marvellous Laura!

    ReplyDelete
  2. My heart longs to tell my head it is a blessing. But something: my head? the weight of fear? peaks in and says are you sure? Oh Laura, I look to you and all those who bring light, for assurance.Right now I need to believe it is a blessing given freely from above. But your thoughts echo for me. I don't think the giver of love thinks it is stealing, but creeping in from somewhere, "is it stealing?" I sit with a cup of tea and a pile of work next to me. But I would love to just sit with my tea and discuss how to just embrace the blessings.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Your words are always blessed with divine purity !!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. ah i think perhaps it is after his creative heart you know...and i imagine he has some favorite moments he looks back on as well...think you will get a pardon on your stealing...smiles.

    ReplyDelete
  5. No not stealing at all ... I would say being thankful, recording and appreciating the wonderful gifts of beauty God has created for our pleasure.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Such beauty you share today, Laura. Your images and your words, a treasure.

    ReplyDelete
  7. The light is amazing in these photos! One cannot steal what has been freely and most lovingly given.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Those milkweed macros are simply stunning!!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Fantastic shots and I love your words too.

    ReplyDelete
  10. such rich and luminous words...stunning images. instead of "taking" pictures (particularly of things in nature), i've come to think of photography as "receiving images." and sometimes it's just time to put the camera down and "be" in the moment...instead of trying to capture it. you are a blessing, laura! thank you for sharing beauty with the world.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Lovely images, the lighting is gorgeous! Happy Skywatching!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Beauty that nourishes the soul ~ your poetry and photographs. It is a blessing, capturing to share and inspire. I read your every post, often more than once, and a peace comes over me. Laura, your generosity and creativity know no bounds. The Quilt this year was extraordinary. You make the world a more beautiful place. Thank you ~

    ReplyDelete
  13. I think the Divine Artist would say "It is freely given , so it is a blessing... all is gift!!"

    ReplyDelete
  14. I believe it is God blessing us. I believe that is blessing God.

    That you brought these thoughts to us, that you even thought of this riddle of God.

    How very blessed we are.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Wonderful photos with beautiful light!
    Have a nice weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Awesome words and pictures. A blessing from God. Have a nice day:)

    ReplyDelete
  17. No, not stealing - maybe if you were to take the beauty and hide it away, just for your own eyes ... but when you so generously share it with so many who would not otherwise see it ... then no matter whose it is, you are borrowing it at the very most, and as others have said, blessing the rest of us with it ...if you consider it God's, perhaps then consider yourself an emissary of same, delivering the beauty in your own beautiful way ...and thank you

    ReplyDelete
  18. Wow, really special and beautiful photos!

    ReplyDelete
  19. It's all blessing! Stunning shots. Just breath-taking!

    ReplyDelete
  20. i really love this post! wonderful pics! :)

    ReplyDelete
  21. Yes, lovely texture, great light,I love. Greetings.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Lovely captures, beautiful golden light!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Tears, Laura....these tears and your authentic beautiful heart and voice tell me this is a blessing and I'm so grateful for the question you pose here so truthfully. ♥

    ReplyDelete
  24. I don't think it's stealing - I think it's reflecting.

    Love the 'Ku. Thank you for becoming part of Haiku Friday.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Beautiful pictures, particularly that first one.

    It's not stealing when Beauty is offered so generously.

    ReplyDelete
  26. OH WOW, what a strong and beautiful poem!

    ReplyDelete
  27. I think it's a blessing, a tool for focusing on the big and little things we often overlook. It's a meditation of sorts. I love your poem, which isn't stealing either, though it comes from an invisible pool of talent.

    ReplyDelete
  28. No, not stealing. just beautifully done.

    ReplyDelete
  29. I truly think that God approves of capturing his glory!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Beautiful, Laura! Photos are magnificent! And your poem is lovely -- perfectly describing that (sometimes difficult & frustrating) process of trying to capture & preserve the beauty that you see to share with others. Excellent! And, if it's stealing... then you are Robin Hood! ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  31. This is so so beautiful !
    the pics and the words too ..

    And no no, its not stealing. though you can never match the beauty soaked in by eyes :)

    ReplyDelete
  32. Thank you everyone for your kind words. I do recognize that it is indeed blessing, that is the journey of the poem... the question mark at the end is there to make all of us think...in those golden moments while taking the photos though, these thoughts really did cross my mind.

    So funny Pamela... I had thoughts of Robin Hood floating through my mind while out in the field and writing the poem later too.

    ReplyDelete
  33. The photo are gorgeous. I am in awe of your poem, writing is not one of my strong points.

    ReplyDelete
  34. This is really beautiful thank you for you r visit and kind words

    ReplyDelete
  35. Magical and mystical post ~ lovely ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

    ReplyDelete
  36. Nothing but goodness here. wow!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Wonderful photos, great poem,

    I used to think that when the Bible talks about living water that it was something I would just gulp up for myself. I've come to a different understanding and your header text and your post remind me of that the living water is something that flows through us to others. I think part of that is the creativity that you write about that each of has, that is released and flows outward to others.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Isn't beauty there to be shared, making it twice blessings? You show gorgeous photos, and I feel blessed by looking at them :-)

    ReplyDelete
  40. Beautiful captures! I enjoyed them very much.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  41. All I can say is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful words...
    Bless You,
    Laurie @ Pride in Photos

    ReplyDelete
  42. each and every image is magically gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  43. A question that often arise and I think logic fail to answer. Purity of deep silence may dissolve this question??

    ReplyDelete
  44. I am so glad that you just follow your heart and gift us with what you see. For that I am most grateful and give thanks...

    ReplyDelete
  45. Those are truly beautiful images.

    ReplyDelete
  46. Your photos are such blessings, as is this amazing poem. I haven't been here in a while, and I've missed your rich images and your incredible heart. So glad to know you continue to fill the world with such beauty.

    ReplyDelete
  47. Blessings ... definitely ... Thank you for these exquisite moments!

    ReplyDelete
  48. I liked your poem, Laura, but I my mind was also involved in answering the question. I.e. I was very much into the taking of the pictures but not having permission from the farmer.

    So, my answer then (not to entirely waste my mind) is that probably not but it would be nice to clear the poet/photographer by getting permission to photograph from the farmer. What if it were his children instead of the waning plant growth?
    ..

    ReplyDelete
  49. Lovely photos. It is a blessing, God gives us the beauty of this world for those with eyes to see.

    ReplyDelete
  50. thank you for generously blessing us all. when the milkweed pods open their long weathered necks and release their milky white dream clouds...it speaks to me deeply of promise and strength.

    ReplyDelete
  51. I think God would be so pleased to see that one of his admires his hard work so much. I'm sure he wouldn't ever see it as stealing.
    Beautiful photographs.

    ReplyDelete
  52. Laura, this is just beautiful. I think God would approve of this 'stealing' of the beauty of His creation! Preserving photos of His world, as well as sharing them with others in this way....and accompanying them by heartfelt words.

    (Thank you for being so responsive in 'Pantry.' I have just gone through the poems and have seen signs of your visits very evident along the way!)

    ReplyDelete
  53. It is definitely NOT stealing, and it definitely IS a blessing!

    ReplyDelete
  54. Your photographic/poetic inspirations read to me like a prayer set before God as incense - NOT stealing!

    ReplyDelete
  55. gorgeous shots. stealing the beauty only to share it here. :)

    ReplyDelete
  56. Exquisite photographs and word images - SO HAPPY to see you receiving the amount of comments your work so richly deserves! :)

    ReplyDelete
  57. What an interesting question you pose here. Judging from the magnificent way your capture the natural world, one could not imagine a god regarding the activity as stealing.

    ReplyDelete
  58. Gorgeous Laura! I often the same--is it stealing and if so, how does it feed the inner sense so much--touching and thought-provoking write

    ReplyDelete
  59. A blessing, no doubt; and aren't we lucky to have the eyes to see and the desire to partake. They're all around us, these gifts, and you have a keen ability to capture them and share.

    ReplyDelete
  60. WOW! SPECTACULAR photos and the most beautiful poem. A rich feast in here today. Blessing, definitely blessing.

    ReplyDelete
  61. The light in each of these is truly so beautiful, Laura.
    So nicely done.
    Happy Sunday to you!

    ReplyDelete
  62. Fabulous, both the photos and the poem. And to answer - It's worship. It's praise. It's communion.

    ReplyDelete
  63. Yes, it is a blessing... such beautiful images... how can it be stealing? But I appreciate the consideration, the questions you're asking... I also am touched by the relationship it is invoking.

    ReplyDelete
  64. Hardly stealing - I'd say it's more like gratitude on your part and a blessing on those of us lucky enough to see your photos!

    ReplyDelete
  65. This is definitely not stealing. You are sharing God's beauty with all of us. Thanks you for such inspiring words and captures.genie

    ReplyDelete
  66. Love the poem--and the sunlight though the milkweed floss in that first photo is stunning.

    ReplyDelete
  67. It's a blessing,certainly! When one is able to reflect back and reconsider what and how to assist! Nicely Laura!

    Hank

    ReplyDelete
  68. Beautiful images and fascinating verse.

    ReplyDelete
  69. No it's not, it's actually sharing! :) Have a fabulous week!

    Liz (yacb)
    Liz (mlc)

    ReplyDelete
  70. Beautiful images Laura! It's a blessing being accorded and shared. Those that God's giveth to us all. Nicely!

    Hank

    ReplyDelete
  71. I absolutely love the light! Beautiful pictures.

    ReplyDelete
  72. It is worship, Laura. Pure praise.

    This poem is beauty itself. I see both the speaker of the poem and the beloved world captured in her lens. This is just lovely, and it makes me think about poetry as stealing, blessing. Thanks for that.

    ReplyDelete
  73. The awe of such blessings - the overwhelming sense of a grateful spirit can still be subjected to the questioning of our human nature. Reading this was a blessing. Thank you

    ReplyDelete
  74. What a great eye you have. Gorgeous macros!

    ReplyDelete
  75. exquisite pictures.and I would say that these are our feeble attempts to immortalise for our mortal selves the eternal beauties of divine creation.

    ReplyDelete
  76. Wow beautilful, the third picture became my favorite;-)

    ReplyDelete
  77. Basking in His light and love is not ~

    Lovely pictures and words ~

    ReplyDelete
  78. I believe it's a blessing. :)) Lovely photos.

    ReplyDelete
  79. You are a blessing! :D
    It is not stealing it is basking in his glory~
    Gorgeous...I love your photos @>----------

    ReplyDelete
  80. Hello Laura, thanks for dropping by my post, i read your profile! Is your MS karmic or from a past life? Sorry, just asking. This photos are great, i don't know how you did that, but really great and a bit surreal.

    ReplyDelete
  81. I really like the notions being tied to hunger, the mention of morsels...that urgent feeling tied to such fleeting things.

    ReplyDelete
  82. Very beautiful images! Even if it is stealing I bet it is a rewarding one... fantastic verse.. its a a different perspective...

    ReplyDelete
  83. Pulsed with a rhythm divine... had a steady pulse that stole this heart

    ReplyDelete
  84. Beautiful images!
    I really enjoyed your lovely words. Very thought provoking.

    ReplyDelete
  85. Wow you have really done an amazing job here... the top image is almost dream like it is appearance.

    Mollyxxx

    ReplyDelete
  86. THANK YOU LAURE.....you captured the capturing! your words ring so true...
    aw, the pixels soon forgotten, but not the moments.

    ReplyDelete
  87. Amazing shots. I love them all. Visiting from MYM.

    ReplyDelete
  88. SUCH ethereal shots, love them... Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #59!

    ReplyDelete
  89. Beautiful words, Laura and those photos are stunning! :)

    ReplyDelete
  90. Beautiful poem, and yes, your blog does bring us mitzvot!

    The photos are stunning captures of light and contrasts.

    ReplyDelete
  91. Gorgeous images - interesting poem. I can't remember which culture thought you were stealing souls if you took their picture - couldn't have been the Japanese. I think they try to record every minute. I think it's just time captures. If only it didn't run in one direction only but as it does, it's a fight against the vagaries of memory.....and it works somewhat. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  92. Wow..this is so beautiful..words or photos on their own are wonderful..together amazing...Michelle

    ReplyDelete
  93. This is one of the most beautiful poems I have ever read.

    ReplyDelete

Bright Sparks: