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If for some reason you are unable to attend Rosh Hashanah services this year, due to illness or for some other reason, please feel free to listen and meditate with this podcast offering Thursday and Friday morning: roshhashanah2014:5775.mp3 When I speak of looking around the room at other members of the congregation or standing with them to hear the shofar, take time to look at the people you love, who care for you when they are near. If standing is not possible for you, recline in your bed long and straight, listen for sounds in your environment, birds, passing cars, the wind or rain that invite you to wake up and pay attention. L'shanah Tova~Laura

Sunday, December 16, 2012

No Small Miracle





beauty coexists
small kindnesses tend sorrow
grief is unbounded

violence persists
suffering its residue
tragedies abound

no wish will change this
compassionate acts
are a beginning

embracing grief’s weight
love is no small miracle
beauty coexists

While there is no miracle too small to appreciate ...small offerings, in some moments are all we have to give in the wake of tragedy after tragedy, here in the United States and all around the world, day after day. I bow my head toward my heart, surrender to Mystery and love, praying for healing, wondering what else there is to do, how I can better serve the world in concrete ways.
gentle steps,
laura

I just found this, it is a start: www.demandaplan.org


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    1. I so agree with Rosemary. Wise and healing. It all adds up in the end.
      Well written poem.

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  2. So very true that beauty coexists with violence....and always will, even though we would WISH for no violence in this world. Well stated.

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  3. Laura, when I think there are no words, you find a way to reflect what I am feeling. I agree that love is no small miracle.

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  4. Remembering that beauty coexists is a start. Beautifully said, Laura.

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  5. What beautiful words. Just what I needed this morning. ((hugs))

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  6. no wish will change it...we start affressh in how we approach the world and take ownership as well in what we make of it....

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  7. I especially love "compassionate acts are a beginning".........no matter the topic, your poems are always beautiful and inspiring, Laura.

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  8. I agree. Surrendering to the reality is often all we can do aside from praying to find the strength to remain compassionate in the face of grueling cynicism. Good thoughts, Laura.

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  9. Beautiful poem Laura! - it is nice to " meet " you! :-) I look forward to reading more & seeing your beautiful photos!

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  10. I ask the same questions and know that loving, educating are the answers for me.

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  11. embracing grief's weight--oh how I know this terrain of the heart--beautifully put

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  12. Laura, this is a lovely sentiment, especially after the Connecticut school massacre. The only thing that heals is lovingkindness. Thank you for your gentle prayer.

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  13. Palavras que fazem pensar..beijos,linda semana,chica

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  14. Yes compassion is a beginning... your words offer some light in this darkness.

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  15. This is lovely...and sometimes violence can make us more aware of beauty as well.

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  16. You have expressed it perfectly in poem

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  17. "love is no small miracle"...words of truth.

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  18. Wonderful image and meaningful message.

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  19. beautiful thoughts. i hope that we learn to appreciate our blessings more even with violence and ugliness around us.

    my MYM here

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  20. Its beautiful my friend...

    __
    Shashi
    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya

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  21. I hope that somewhere the strength and courage can be found to say - this is the end - we don't want to live like this anymore.

    I am distant from all of this, but this does not mean I do not care.

    We all need to allow our kids to live out the fullness of their own dreams.

    Stewart M - Australia

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  22. Beauty coexists - I love that. We weep this week :(

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  23. Thank you for sharing Laura, and when all said and done, what can we do but fill the wounds with love as best we can.

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  24. Beautiful image and lovely post.

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  25. Indeed, beauty coexists. We see the beautiful side of humanity every time there is a tragedy. People draw together showing boundless compassion, love and support. Thank you for your calming words Laura.

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  26. I love that light on that leaf! And yes, so wise words. We are one!

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  27. Lovely macro ~ one of nature's treasures ~

    (A Creative Harbor aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^

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  28. Lovely share ~ I pray for the healing of many broken hearts ~

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  29. Beautiful image and inspring words thanks!

    Kim,USA

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  30. I believe compassionate acts are a beginning... and love.

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  31. Love is no small miracle. You are so right.

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  32. Oh, Laura...your last three lines are so touching....such heart rendered sentiments...thank you so much. <3

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  33. What a beautiful post. Merry Christmas

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  34. hello Laura,

    your poem is profound and beautifully formed wisdom. thank you~

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  35. Beautiful words. Thank you for the link to Demand a Plan. I have been rattling about all weekend wishing for just such a link!

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  36. Your blog is a HUGE comfort right now. Thank you, Laura, for being you and being there.

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  37. What a lovely tribute. Positive caring collective action is very much needed!

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  38. perfect expression of a sensitive heart put in a beautiful cascading haiku...

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  39. The power of compassionate deeds go a long way to balance out the daily horrors we have to face as members of a violent species.

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  40. Your photo is so evocative for this week of grief and sadness. I keep remembering a line from one news article ". . .many victims still had their baby teeth".

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  41. an act of kindness...no matter how small, creates those wonderful ripples...you can never be sure who you're going to touch...or who you just might save. Wonderful Laura....

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  42. Beautiful photo and words, we join you with a tribute to the Children of the world
    http://www.pret-a-vivre.com/2012/12/our-thoughts-and-prayers.html

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  43. Beautiful. I'm sorry for such a brief comment, expecially in a community of artists, but this just speaks beauty to me and encourages my soul. It felt too anointed to refer to it any other way.

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  44. Fabulous post, Laura!

    May the miracle of Christmas heals the sorrowful souls..

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  45. So well done!
    I love that beauty co-exists!
    Thank you for that...
    You always touch my soul~

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  46. Beautiful words. Very poignant and touching. The photo is a vivid reminder of tragedy and beauty.

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  47. ..Amen... we don't just wait for miracles... we work for it... smiles...

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  48. Love is no small miracle...indeed. It's all that really matters in the end.

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  49. sincere and heartfelt ! very nice !

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  50. Karen says it perfectly above this comment, it is all that matters, in the big picture. It will heal all wounds in time too. Lovely, heartfelt words.

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  51. Beautiful Laura. To all the violence, the only antidote we have is love. Hope we're all a little kinder to each other. Thanks for this write.

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  52. Imagem delicada e encantadora! Perfeita! Um abraço!

    Mirante da imagem

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  53. Love this post, Laura! Life is a miracle, but sometimes it needs a bit help :)

    Irene

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  54. embracing grief’s weight
    love is no small miracle
    beauty coexists
    So wise and Beautiful :)

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  55. As you say (and I paraphrase), wishes without actions are worthless.

    Wish Upon a Petal

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  56. Beautiful verses for the end of the year.
    compassionate acts
    are a beginning

    yes, Love is the answer.
    Thanks for sharing your nice words all through the year.
    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    A hug.
    Dulcina

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  57. Yes, we can't change the horror, but we can still see and appreciate the small miracles all around. Peace.

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  58. You always gently point out what is important to look at...thank you..Michelle

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  59. I just love the pictures and the words. Really touching. I can almost feel what your feel. Bless youd dear. You are an inspiration.

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  60. Such lovely photos and words. Thank you for sharing.

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  61. Beautiful photo and touching words. Thank you for sharing and for linking up with Tones and Tuesday!

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