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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Bright Blue and Brand New


unfurling each day
tiny shiny leaves expose
vulnerable flesh

Ever amazed by spring's silent awakenings!





I'll be entering blog silence and just sharing pre-scheduled photos from April 29th through May 5th. So stop by each day while I'm gone to view a little bit of spring in NH's forests, wetlands and bogs. 

Our younger daughter is returning home from Paris Friday evening, (tomorrow:-) lots of laundry for Mamma while she sleeps and then packing again because I'll be leaving for a (mostly) silent meditation retreat Monday through Sunday. I'm so excited and a little sad as this is the last retreat for this particular constellation of lovely souls even though the teacher training continues through July. And I know, from experience that some of us will stay in touch and others will cross paths over the years as we do now and have in the past. It has been a phenomenal experience on so many levels. For me to have been able to attend two out of three retreats with the limitations of MS is incredible. Everyone is always so helpful (all day) but especially at the end of the day when I run out of steam and need a lot of assistance. It is humbling in a good way to be vulnerable, to be heard chanting prayers of gratitude in the morning, seen practicing yoga in the early afternoon, body strong and flexible and then to be lifted into my wheelchair by kind friends when my legs just won't move on their own as evening falls (and I do too). 

It is humbling, it is a relief, it is a blessing to be held figuratively and literally by lovingkindness.

I'm deeply grateful for all of our teachers from IJS and The Awakened Heart Project, Sheila, Jeff, Jordan, Myriam, Lisa, Jonathan, for my colleagues and chevruta (study partner and also my cousin it so happens), and our little focus group that included participants from around the globe (both hemispheres). What a joy it will be to have a chance to teach and learn from/with our little kehillah (community) next week! 

The Healing Womb will be gathering live tomorrow (Friday) afternoon if you'd like to participate. Information is above, we'd love to have you on the call.



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44 comments:

  1. Ah, beautiful pictures of spring - the best time in the whole year!!

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  2. Enjoy having your daughter back and I bet lots of stories to tell (while doing laundry). Your retreat will be amazing I am sure!

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  3. So happy for you to be feeling up to a meditation retreat; absolutely wonderful. Blessings!

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  4. Nice pictures, I love these beautiful blue skies, delicious birth of spring! Greetings.

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  5. Have a wonderful time, Laura. This is the perfect time of year for a retreat, just as life begins anew.

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  6. What a gift of love your friends give you by lifting up your body. . .both literally and in prayer. That's a true blessing.

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  7. Spring is the time for renewal. Enjoy your retreat Laura. Your photos are beautiful!

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  8. This is gorgeous! I'm so glad I discovered your blog:)

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  9. Perfect set of photographs for your list of links! I enjoyed each one very much. Have a wonderful visit and wonder-filled retreat.

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  10. What glorious spring shots. So hopeful.

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  11. Great photographs, Spring is such a wonderful time of hope and promise. Inspirational as always Laura,enjoy your course!

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  12. Savor the time and days, Laura. :o) ((HUGS))

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  13. This time of year I venture out into the yard each morning to see what 'blooming flesh' has made its appearance! You've captured the essence of that so beautifully!

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  14. I love the tiny leaves in that second image!!! I have not seen any that are out that far yet, but I will be watching for them!!!

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  15. Such wonderful photos - I wish you healing, peace, good times with your daughter and a nice and warm retreat!

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  16. The time of awakening is so exciting and refreshing. Thank you for refreshing our souls with your marvelous photographs and inspiring words!

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  17. There is such tenderness in the spring buds, and in so many hearts right now. How wonderful to think of your gentle yet powerful energy gathering in love and light.
    Peace to you, Laura.

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  18. Oh, sweet Laura. How amazing you are. ((hugs)) I also love your photos--the heart one is so beautiful. Lots of love and prayer winging your way.

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  19. I love the Haiku and the fabulous photographs. The best to you on your endeavors.

    Peace

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  20. Enjoy your time, dear Laura. My heart is full of so many things I want to say, but my computer limits my online time to only say a few words.

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  21. Silent and then bursting aloud with color!

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  22. stunning images, Laura, especially the close-up ones! I love spring and all its new life.
    I did not realize you have MS. wondrous that you have been able to experience those retreats. but perhaps they have helped strengthen you, who know?
    I'm sending wishes for blessings at your retreat.

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  23. Thank you for Dandelion...I mowed the yard today and was sad when I had to mow over him and his friends,
    Johnny-jump-up and Violet.
    Glad your daughter is safe and I
    just know you will have the best of times
    at your retreat. ♥♥

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  24. Gorgeous photos that open my heart to the wonder of spring! Blessings as you 'retreat' Savor it!

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  25. I love your spring photos, all so fresh and new. Have a refreshing retreat and enjoy your daughter's visit.

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  26. I have to admit I am a bit jealous of your and your tromps thru New Hampshire. Once again, Buddy is headed up there to hike the mountains for 10 jays in July. He goes every summer. Take lots of pictures and share them with us. This series is so nice. A potpourri of wonderful captures. Love that bit of knotted wood. genie

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  27. Beautiful spring shots. Great time of the year.

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  28. Great shots and enjoy your retreat ~ ^_^

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  29. Wonderful spring photos, Laura!
    Have a nice weekend:)

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  30. A bright blue sky, beautiful sprouts and a heart ! How peaceful !

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  31. Beautiful spring images, Laura. Have a wonderful time at your retreat. I'm certain that you will.

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  32. dear one,
    i love knowing that you will be on this inner journey. such a gorgeous time of year to renew, realign, rejoice!

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  33. Lovely to see you doing things for your own inner peace. I wish I were close so I could give you access to Reiki as well.

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  34. you will be in my thoughts this week, may your retreat fill you to the brim with what you need. may your body allow you to receive it.

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  35. Spring's awakening always blows me away....every year! great pix

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  36. Absolutely gorgeous Laura, thanks for sharing these lovely photos.

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  37. Beautiful spring photos!
    Your retreat sounds like a wonderful experience. Enjoy!

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  38. Enjoy having your daughter back. You chose the right retreat for yourself with the silent love and support of those around you.

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