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Monday, May 6, 2013

Unpacking














slowly softly gently
i awoke in stages this morning
drifting in and out of sleep until
until i clearly heard a bird singing
the last bits of sleep released their clinging
easing me into a new day with profound gratitude.

i have returned from a souljourn deep wide
in out in out in out
as my friends taught
cosi rivaya
our cups
my cup
my heart
is so full it is spilling over it’s edgeless
brim

i prayed and meditated
stepped into my jeans
arms reaching through jacket sleeves
a long stretch as my hands were set free
to pull my big boots on lift my camera
and walk out into the field of mostly white violets
grasses and wild plants every shade of green yellow
purple blues and oh a rainbow arrayed on the ground
looking up through the trees the halos of light on the
edgeless tips of leaves aglow with life merging one thing
one breath one song one step one into one into ONEness

two-hundred fifty emails that i sifted through last night
after slipping into pajamas and familiar sheets at the end
and of course beginning of a journey home to home to home
all those messages set aside as i stepped outside mind into
the center of the morning moment dazzled with sun drizzled
with dew
amazed at all that had changed
grown transformed since i last walked on this soil the same
only clearly different
the words to are spilling over
cosi rivaya
and saturated in meaning i cannot yet discern distill
too much to unpack just yet
so i will hush and be still now
aware of blessing.

Unedited... don’t know if this stream of consciousness “worderfall” qualifies as a poem...  it is an offering. Over a thousand photos to view and edit from the retreat... oh my and so much learning, loving to absorb before it can be articulated into thoughts to share. So many halo photos... soon, soon. The photos above are a few from this morning at home in NH.

Thank you thank you THANK YOU to our beautiful JMTT2 Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training kehillah. I love you all, truly everyone of us is an exquisitely blossoming teacher.



47 comments:

  1. Certainly it does. I love reading your thoughts as they spill onto the keys, so much of it is profound and reminds me to be that way as well. So glad you are back but even more happy that you got to go do what you did!

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  2. It's a beautiful poem, Laura. Come slowly, gently, and softly back to your "householder" world. All my love, Toni

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  3. An interesting wake up call... :)

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  4. Laura, you were blessed with this retreat, with the teachings, which seem to shine not only through your intricate photos, but through your "worderfall," (I love that wordplay!) At first, I thought the narrator was the flower itself, but then I realized, it was YOUR flower, blooming within. How lovely. Namaste, Amy

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  5. A beautiful expression of how things can change over night. Your pics are gorgeous. I love the heart-shaped ones at the end.

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  6. Laura, I love the term "souljourn", what a wonderful word. Unpacking from a retreat, but aren't we all unpacking our soul throughout this journey called life. SoulJourn...love it!
    ~ Diane

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  7. You know how to find meaning and purpose in the everyday, Laura, and your pictures of fresh blossoms is a gift to your readers.

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  8. Beautiful flowers!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  9. The retreat sounds like a lovely time. I hope you enjoyed yourself. The flowers are all gorgeous as are your images! Have a happy week ahead!

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  10. Your flowers at home are beautiful, and your writing is memorable...filled with so much feeling. genie

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  11. Such a calm and soothing write, love it and the pictures are lovely.

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  12. Beautiful flowers with deep color and white whites. I'm not sure I undestood everything you wrote about but it sounded great.

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  13. of mostly white violets
    grasses and wild plants
    every shade of green yellow
    purple blues and oh a
    rainbow arrayed on the ground
    looking up through the trees

    Beautiful description of the beauty of spring fully supported with beautiful images of colors. Nicely Laura!

    Hank

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  14. So lovely, Laura. And as always, I'm so smitten with where you find hearts.

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  15. Lovely spring blooms Laura.

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  16. Such beautiful shots - love the heart of course! - of the unfurling of a new season.

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  17. beautiful pics....rather like the stream your thoughts are in....be still and know....

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  18. Your thoughts here are profound and quite an eye opener. As are your beautiful flower images!!

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  19. Amazing photos and such hearfelt words from your sharing Laura, thank you for sharing and welcome back!

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  20. Such beautiful shots there, lovely to see spring unfolding :)

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  21. ummmm...hell yeah thats poetry if I ever wintnessed it. Love the springtime pics makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, even though here, the summer heat has already crept in and I am preparing to sizzle...lol. Loved it.

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  22. I love all these springtime blossoms :)

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  23. This is so lovely......what a beautiful being you are! When I saw the title and then scrolled down the photos, it seemed as if it was spring itself unpacking its blooms for our delight. I enjoyed the birdsong this morning too - the birds are so ecstatic it is spring they are nearly falling off the branches!

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  24. It seems like beautiful poetry to me to go with your lovely flowers.. Michelle

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  25. I visit your sharing
    so many missed over weeks of
    family, healing and yesterday surgery.
    You bless me....

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  26. And you gladdened and lifted my heart today Laura!

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  27. There was such a soft beauty to this, Laura. A gentle awakening.

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  28. Your pictures take my breath away, and your words awe me. Beautiful, Laura.

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  29. So many lovely images, and such a peaceful post. I particulary love that drift of white violets.

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  30. Lovely! Enjoyed taking this trip with you. Beautiful photos too! :-)

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  31. Laura, this is such a dream-like poem! Beautiful!

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  32. Laura, such a beautiful, dream-like poem!

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  33. The beauty of the flowers swept me into the realm as I strolled the garden of life.

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  34. Glowing. That is the word that comes to mind after seeing and reading this post :)

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  35. Sweet beautiful photos - I love the bits of wet on the tiny flowers.

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  36. What lovely and welcome floral images!

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

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  37. such lovely spring flowers... (and i, too, love waking to the first morning bird call)

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  38. The prose is lovely, illuminating and filled with heartfelt spirituality, as are the beautiful photographs.

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  39. It reads like a poem - but one that perhaps needs a bit more work, lol. On the other hand, there's something lovely in its being stream of consciousness. Why don't you play with setting it as prose to make a prose-poem?

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  40. Beautiful poetic language here. I love the flowers as well.

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  41. ah I see the buds have blossomed, . . . lovely metaphor x

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  42. Spring is delicious around here this year.....blessings to you

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  43. Love these photos and it sounds like you had a joyous time!

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  44. Oh, Laura! These are spectacular!!! I LOVE each and every one.

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  45. Beautiful ... peaceful ... Sigh!!

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