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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.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Peace Blogger

dazzling diamond raindrops
adorn umber limbs
preemptively denuded
~morning after
hurricane darkened
miles and miles
    vast cities
halted swept in wind vortex
shrouded in dense clouds
rain slashing flooding
astonishingly blue
residual rose
puffs float
past soon
after day

lives lost
ships sunk
trains twisted
across highways
tossed in the storm
land severed by the sea.

this morning
birds sing soprano
harmonize to drone of
generators humming bass
wide spread electric vibrations
rise a tide of relief soothing anxious
a nearly silent volley of text messages
start at 6am interrupting each other beloveds

reaching out
up and down the coast
                                                  new york
                            new hampshire
veering west into ohio .

some have no power
all have clean water
and shelter
at least a
place to

my web of family and friends
fills my
soul…but not ease
for there is so much suffering
too much

when peace is a dream
interrupted by crossfire
forest fire or no fire at all
no trees no fuel left to burn
poor shelter dirty water
if any is to be found
some have power
others no safe
place to go

only deeper into
mind and that
sweet dream
of peace


may all beings be safe
may all beings be content
may all beings be strengthened
may all beings experience lasting peace.
may it be so, may it be so, may it be so  as we offer
prayers around the world…. bloggers for peace united

This was written the morning after hurricane Sandy touched down in the United States for Peace Bloggers. No more generators in our neighborhood, but there is still much clean up and mourning in places south and west of here. Continue sending out prayers and compassionate blessings to those still suffering. Click the link button to read what other Peace Bloggers have shared.

Won't you join us?

I’ll be away from my blog for a few days, at a silent meditation retreat.

Skywatch Friday

Please do keep sending messages for the Fourth Annual Mega Mobius Gratitude Quilt to my email address with “gratitude quilt” in the subject line… I will gather them and start compiling this year’s quilt when I return.

ps. Cali was NOT a mamma after all, just rather obese. She is now safe and sound at the shelter and they assured us, very adoptable as she is adorable and very sweet natured. They'll help her with her weight issues. Nefesh, our kitty seems to be graced with at least 12 lives! She is looking better every day. She can now open her eye almost completely. The swelling is way down and it appears the infection is starting to release its grip as she is much more feisty and really wants out of her icu quarantine large dog crate. For her own safety, she has to stay in a while longer, she bumps into everything with her "Elizabethan" collar and is not steady enough for jumping on and off furniture with limited vision and the pain meds. Thank you EVERYONE for your prayers and compassionate words. We really though she was at the end. The vet was pleasantly surprised when we told her about the turn around yesterday! (She was talking end of life with us last time we were in, the day I wrote the last entry.)

gentle steps,


  1. I feel for those who are suffering. Maintain the resolve to be strong! Take care Laura!


  2. This really defined peace perfectly !!!

  3. beautiful and peaceful photos... Namaste Laura.

  4. Your final lines read as a prayer. Very moving the read how your thoughts reach out to all in need.

  5. Wonderful trees and a beautiful sky. Your header is also lovely !

  6. Laura, As always, your words and images bring hope and peace. Amazing to see such beauty the day after the storm, isnt it? The way of the world. Mother Nature's blessing, after all of the havoc caused by the dis-ease we have imposed on this planet. I LOVE your beautiful poem, especially the "sweet dream of peace" to be found within. Hope you have a lovely time at your meditation retreat!

  7. Glad to hear that your family and pets are safe after the storm.

    Peace to you and yours on this Blog Blast Day and in all the days to come.

  8. enjoy your retreat of silence and meditation.

    you remain in my thoughts and prayers.


    p.s.: we are returned to Florida after eight months. we thanked God all along the way. God willing we will leave out again April 1st, 2012.

  9. Amen, Peace

    Aloha from Waikiki,
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  10. Thank you. This is lovely. I'm happy I found your poem.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

  11. Peace. So many forms, so many ways, so many meanings... Your perspective is touching.

  12. Glad things turned out ok for you ,my prayers are for others not so fortunate. Great pics & verses!

  13. So utterly beautiful!

  14. You are very much sharing your creativity and the world is a much better place for it.Hugs.


  15. Warm wishes to you all, I'm sure the retreat will be of great benefit to you ♥

  16. Thank you for your prayers, your words, and the strength of your beautiful heart...

  17. Fantastic photography and lovely post ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  18. Your pictures are awesome!
    Thanks for inviting me to join " Gratitude Quilt"
    And I wrote a post in my blog a way back titled: My ABC of thanksgiving that I would love to share to you. It is in my blog.
    I wrote it in words with pictures, but maybe I send the words to your email address.

  19. Laura, your words are beautiful and you are a compassionate soul, making a difference every day.

  20. I join you in peace and gratitude.

  21. Beautiful words and photos. Love the shape of your poem.

  22. Definitely the calm after the storm. Such beauty in the midst of chaos. Wishing you the best from Saudi Arabia.


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