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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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Thursday, May 23, 2013

lingering





There was something luxurious, delicious even, about the lingering finger waves pulled through the river by a passing barge, viewing the day’s last rays of sun pouring over the mountain, illuminating new leaves, knowing in moments everything will have changed again. So I lingered perhaps a bit too long, causing me to be a few moments late for a teaching that evening. Words were missed, yes. Still sometimes lessons felt are well worth the embarrassment of being the last person to sit in the hall, and who’s to say which would have opened my heart more, been of deeper benefit to others as I teach now and in the future? And I’m aware too that my desire to stay may have caused unintentional harm, hurt, annoyance, disturbance due to my tardy arrival. For this I am most certainly sorry.



The above photos overlooking the Hudson were taken from a cliff at Garrison Institute, two evenings before the end of our retreat, several weeks ago now. I have many photos to share from that beautiful place, space, time. I suppose the honeyed residue of silence, meditation, nature, prayer, wise, compassionate teachings and treasured companionship will ooze forth on this blog and through the pores of my life in predictable and unpredictable ways for quite awhile, perhaps a lifetime. And this is indeed a blessing.

Two mornings later, much had changed in the wake of tender goodbyes...




hearts hung heavy ripe
joy and grief balanced on this
thin stem life support



I go in and out of "lingering" with precious memories in the midst of home life with much to do and be engaged in. Minds do that, and it is neither a bad thing nor good, just the nature of mind. Whether a pleasant memory or one that is painful, we humans look for something to moor ourselves to. And while this most certainly could become a source of suffering, if clinging, longing or aversion inhabited all of our energy and attention, memory can also serve to strengthen, heighten our presence in the moment at hand when we allow the “aha” of noticing how our current experience, body, heart, mind, even our spirit-sense, while the dream/thought arises to be a pivot point, waking us up again to just this breath, this laundry, this sip of water, this person sitting beside me, this slant of sun beaming across the floor, or this buttery flower at my feet.


This Friday will be the last live session of The Healing Womb for the season. Podcasts will be available through the summer. The plan is to resume the live meditation tele-circles mid September.

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Don't forget to share the love up close at I Heart Macro, now hosted on this blog. A LinkyTool for the meme will be open from Saturday evening through Monday evening. I do hope you'll join us!


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90 comments:

  1. wow...those red flowers/leaves....are gorgeous...amazing found heart...interesting ponderings on lingering as well in how we can cause damage as well in our tarrying...def something to think on today

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  2. What a lovely place to linger.

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  3. Such wonderful thoughts and expressions as always. Your bleeding heart shots are lovely and your words so matched the scenes from the Hudson!

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  4. I've been away for too long. As I read your beautiful thoughts and see your lovely pictures, I realize how much I've missed your warm, soothing energy. I'm wallowing in it now, and grateful. Sounds like you're doing well Laura - teaching, writing, thinking, living. So glad to connect with you again. I'll resume blogging soon.

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  5. The light is filled with magic over the river :0)

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  6. I love the sunlight radiating all the way to the river! Light can be such a healing element.
    gorgeous bleeding heart captured!

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  7. Nice post for the different themes!

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  8. Those bleeding hears are so gorgeous; they speak deeply to me and say so much about bringing ourselves to the present--with all the memories that our hearts can hold.

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  9. Great place for lingering and beautiful photos.

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  10. A beautiful and deep post. Thank you for sharing
    Blessings

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  11. Very beautiful photos and great post!Thank you for it!

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  12. Wonderful pics, Laura, and the light is filled with magic over the river!

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  13. Beautiful shots, Laura!Wonderful light in the river shots!
    :)

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  14. What a lovely respite you've given me. It was a fresh drink in a busy day.

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  15. Beautiful photos and a great blog Thanks

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  16. Laura, beautiful post! Your images of the river and bleeding hearts are just lovely. Wishing you a happy weekend!

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  17. Beautiful photos, wonderful backlights, very poetic! Greetings.

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  18. Lovely post Laura, I love these images they are beautiful. I am sorry to hear about Ellie, lots of love and hugs to both of you.

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  19. Stunning photos and as always, your words touch my heart.

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  20. I specially love the way you've caught those glorious sunrays.
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

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  21. What a beautiful sunset!!! If you were on retreat it must have been so very inspiring!!! Wishing you well! Cathy

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  22. love these photos IMMENSELY!!! Thank you xo Jill

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  23. Love these photos IMMENSELY!!! thank you for posting xo Jill

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  24. I love the photos of the bleeding hearts :)

    I'm so sorry to read that your dear Ellie has been unwell. One of my mother's dogs has been unwell also and it is always so difficult to cope with the emotional and physical impact an illness in the family can cause, whether it involves a person or a pet. I hope you can find the source of her illness and that it can be treated.

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  25. Very beautiful sequence of shots.

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  26. Yes, a beautiful post and I'm happy to learn that you now host I♥macro as I'd like to join in next time :)

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  27. Love the ripple and sun rays on the water. The heart-shaped flowers - how lovely and enchanting!

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  28. lingering is a such a powerful word for me...

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  29. love the sun 'spears'. very cool.

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  30. Laura, no need to apologise for your lateness. All that is, is . . . and needs to be. Sometimes we are called to do or day something that angers/hurts or disturbs someone but we are just the instrument of some lesson they need to learn, some word they need at that precise moment to aid their growth. It is just like re-potting my orchids, we need to be strong to take on the karma of hurting someone for their own good, just like I need to cut off a third of the perfectly healthy root ball to repot my orchids although I am constantly challenged to just choose a large pot. The orchids grow stronger when you cut the roots, as do people facing a challenge.
    When what we say just bursts out of us without our wish to hurt, it is of divine provenance, just like those ripples nailed you to the spot to wake the others up as you entered a little late.

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  31. Lovely pictures and I like those sunrays!

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  32. You always capture the most magical light!

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  33. So glad you enjoyed the workshop--sounds like a peaceful and beautiful way to calm your inner being. Lovely photos of a beautiful place. Mickie :)

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  34. Wow!Beautiful heart shape flowers.

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  35. beautiful sky photos and just in love with the heart shaped flowers...

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  36. Lovely golden and silvery moments.

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  37. Beautiful Pictures! So relaxing and peaceful! :)
    Have a nice day!

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  38. The photos are simply gorgeous, Laura, and your words gave such a peaceful feel to them..

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  39. Wow...I love your photos...and thank´s for your writing in my blog!
    Have a nice day and maybe I`m back tomorrow in "Iheart macro"

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  40. I am in ooh and aah over those haning hearts... can't remember ever seeing these flowers, they're beautiful!

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  41. These are amazing pictures, beautiful photography. The title fits on the first pictures. Thanks for sharing. I love looking at that haeart shape flower

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  42. Beautiful images here. Thanks for sharing!

    Mary, MI

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  43. Thank you for letting us linger with you.
    May the peace and sacred space you found linger around you...
    Happy Friday !

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  44. so wunderschön Laura was du und zeigst:D

    DANKE sagt das katerchen mit einem LG von hier zum Wochenende

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  45. I have also been guilty of lingering and being late to work...I felt bad, but it was so lovely to stay a little longer with the flow that caused my tardiness!
    The heart flowers are nothing short of spectacular!

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  46. Heisann! I join you, Laura, thanks for you appreciation!

    My "hearts" are blooming for the moment too ;:OD)

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  47. All the delicate balances in this fragile world sometimes fill my heart with grief...but mostly with joy!

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  48. Finding that balance is what life is all about.

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  49. I worried that my bleeding hearts would not survive our freezing spring, but they stayed warm in the ground and have just now popped up...lovely message to me...all in good time.

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  50. Pierwsze trzy zdjęcia, to radość dla oczu i spokój dla duszy. Pozdrawiam serdecznie.
    The first three photos, a joy for the eyes and calm the soul. Yours sincerely.

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  51. Beautiful "Løytnanshjerer" in Norwegian!
    From Photo by Ingun

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  52. I love your black and white sunset photo!

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  53. Beautiful photos all the way! Love the light over the river!

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  54. I love your photos and the sunrays across water always are special to me.
    Thank you.
    Have a nice evening.
    Mormor

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  55. I like the image with the tree in black & white :)

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  56. I would find it hard to tear myself away from that peaceful beauty.

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  57. Wat a beautiful post, love your photo, have a Nice weekend

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  58. I just love the kind of morning so peacefull... That is such a lovely sahring.

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  59. Thanks for the nice comment Laura! I'll look in to you on Monday! Have a great weekend!

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  60. Lovely photos both in bw and in color. Especially I like the heart :)

    http://birgittarudenius.wordpress.com/

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  61. So beautiful! Love the light over the water!

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  62. Beautiful photos and thoughts.

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  63. Always love visiting here, Laura--and I love your nameplate at the top. Love all of the post and I'll check out your macro day.

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  64. Wonderful sunlight on the Hudson. I've been to Garrison and all the pretty river towns, great views. Love the yellow flower, too. Lots to linger on :)

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  65. Thanks for visiting my site. I hope i will remember your meme tonight, i always forget things, hehe! Happy Weekend.

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  66. Beautifully composed photos and thoughts, thank you for sharing the lingering

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  67. What an interesting contrast between the color and b&w versions of the heart-shaped flowers!

    «Louis» thanks you for your visit to San Francisco Bay Daily Photo.

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  68. Hi! Thank you very much for your advice.
    I am always very impressed by your hedder photo of The Last Leaf.
    I like your splendid writings as same as your cool photos.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  69. The bleeding heart is one of my favorite flowering bushes. One I remember from my childhood. I haven't had much luck with them here in TX, but you may have inspired me (along with the others) to try again! Thank you for sharing!

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  70. i really like your photography.

    absolutely gorgeous!

    hope you're enjoying your weekend~

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  71. I love the bleeding hearts, they're gorgeous.

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  72. I saw your link on Flowers" and it reminded me that I forgot to mention before how beautiful your flower shots are! Bleeding hearts were always a favorite of mine (and so perfectly illustrate your prose here).

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  73. Beautiful photos and thoughts!

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  74. I am so grateful that you stopped by my blog Laura! This way I could find your incredibly beautiful and spiritual blog that I am looking forward to reading each and every inspirational post, photo, and written word as I follow along. You have made my day more beautiful and I thank you!

    Roz from La Bella Vita Cucina

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  75. Lovely shots...very evocative of "lingering memories"...peaceful

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  76. Enjoying your shots, Laura.
    Thanks for dropping by and thanks also for your invitation.

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