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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, May 12, 2013

worlds within worlds (amended)

upon my belly curious about the light
kindled in my heart reflected in orbs

tiny universes atop blades of grass
worlds within worlds i see clearly

joy made manifest in this moment
of noticing beauty poised right here

gratefully distracted by tiny shiny
objects inviting me to full presence

my attention will not last waning
before morning's tears evaporate 

is this why dew cries so early in the day
predicting a lack of sustained appreciation?

does the grass acknowledge her generosity
or the ant whose thirst is slaked?

above black-capped chickadee sings out
modah thank you somehow this is enough

to re-kindle faith in giving for the sake of giving
loving for the sake of living

Listen to black-capped chickadee's gratitude chant in the link above and another poem in which you can hear me imitate his voice in this past friday's half-hour mindfulness meditation offering in The Healing Womb. Look for thehealingwombseason2_11.mp3 in the big black podcast box. Donations for podcast meditation sessions are greatly appreciated. Enjoy!

linking to:

one single impression
poetry pantry
real toads
macro monday
the weekend in black and white
haiku my heart

Wait, there's more!
What a joy to find those precious moments in which we can pause, stop, take a breath, feel, hear, see, experience fragrance and sun, wind or rain on our faces. Our lives are often so full, maybe a little too full of going, going, doing doing, we forget in the rush of "have to's" to simply pause and receive what is right here, right now; to wear the skin of human's being. A week after returning from a weeklong retreat, I am well aware of how I am slipping back, no, being sucked back in to life's hectic vortex. And I am equally aware of those precious moments when I stop, breathe, feel, hear, see, experience fragrance, sun, wind or rain on my face. Shavuot, the Jewish holy-day(s) of revelation; receiving Torah, the teachings we are open to receive with our wholeness of being, l'shmoah, listening that is seeing, and all the other senses mentioned above merged awakened, is drawing near, beginning tomorrow, Tuesday evening, actually.


I had three separate appointments today, (Monday) and hoped, in the midst of the rush, I would remember to pause. And, of course you know I did. I spied a tree we planted from the arbor foundation in our front yard, probably 10 years ago, that is blooming for the first time ever! I don’t even remember the kind of tree it is any more and I never expected it to bloom. What a wonder-filled pause of surprise and delight to see those lovely white blossoms way at the top of the tree dancing in a sun-kissed breeze.

This world within worlds is so very beautiful. It seems my DNA is wired such that I am inclined to stop and notice no matter how busy my mind and body are. How grateful I am to be so easily awed.

Below I am re-sharing a portion of a post, (lyrics and music) that I offered back in 2011 for Shavuot. The original post can be read here my body has journeyed and healed tremendously since that time, still eMeS is a very real aspect of my truth.

listen to your heart
draw near what is true for you
alive present here

To listen to a recording of me singing Esso Eini For Healing back in 2011 when I was quite ill in the midst of an exacerbation, please click the heart photo below, it is a link. Or this works too.

Music and Lyrics Copyright © 2011 Laura Hegfield All rights reserved.

Esso Eini For Healing
From the frailest flower to the soaring forest trees
Rolling oceans wide and deep
I place my faith in the womb of Rachamim, 
Compassionate Essence of all being.

Esso einai el heharim, 
me'ayin yavo ezri
I lift my eyes to the mountain above
Yes I know from where my strength will come.

Ezri me'im Hashem, 
Oseh shamayim va'aretz
With all my heart I trust the One
I trust the One   
Creator of heaven and earth

(Hebrew translation inspired by Psalm 121:1-2)

Chag Shavuot Sameach to all of my Jewish friends and family. May all beings be as open and awake to receiving exactly what is needed as is possible, moment-by-moment, breath-by-breath, each and every day. 



  1. ah this is the micro pondering as well of the grass, the ant, the bird...crying out this is enough...smiles...all things sustained...

  2. breathtaking pictures, my favourite ones this week in Macro Monday.

  3. Wonderful post, beautiful images:) Greetings

  4. The droplet on the end is truly amazing...what a fabulous capture


  5. The pictures are amazing and honestly I so love the words you put to them!

  6. I love the idea of a drop of dew holding its own universe! That is such a beautiful poetic thought. Your photos are amazingly clear.

  7. It makes me think of the words "where everything hangs in the balance..." do you think this is the essence of each moment?

  8. I love that second photo. It seems impossible for the dewdrop to be hanging there in a perfect sphere, which makes it all the more magical.

  9. words enlarging our way of thinking.

  10. Thank you for the gorgeous photos and winsome poetry...I particularly loved how you said "tiny universes atop blades of grass // worlds within worlds i see clearly" Blessings!

  11. Macro to micro and back again, a journey that really gets one thinking of our place in this universe. Awesome picture and great reflection on all things us at least, and the enormity of there presence when pondered. Yay...loved it!

  12. Very beautiful, Laura. Birdsong is one of my favorite blessings!

  13. The details you see and share are appreciated gifts, Laura!

  14. I wanted to remark on how beautiful and inspiring your blog is! I love the pictures of nature that you have taken and the poem you wrote was written very beautifully. I look forward to exploring more on your page. :)

  15. it is like a prayer......we should always be thankful to god..

  16. I always nod in amazement at the wonder you share!
    I see it and feel the way you express your soul, your view!
    Gorgeous Laura!!!

  17. God will always takes care......

    Thankyou so much for the "encouragement".

  18. Those photos!! Wow. Just wow.

  19. Incredibly beautiful Laura.

  20. I always leave here feeling so full of emotion, Laura...your posts are always so deeply profound and meaningful.

    I wish I was your neighbor...I'd love to attend this yoga

    I love the awe and pause that spirals through your DNA and the beautiful and creative ways you've chosen to express them.

    You're a blessing to so many, Laura.

    Thank you for your kind words @ my poem yesterday. <3

  21. This is sensational to the tired senses! :)

  22. Laura, what a pretty post. I can just sit and imagine it all, right now. It is just sounds relaxing. Take care and enjoy spring.

  23. I love the dew that cries--beautiful Laura!

  24. Thank you for sharing so much in this post with links to other areas and posts...lots for me to think about on my journey hugs... Michelle..

  25. I'm so glad I can access your blog finally, Laura. I was in a panic last week when I couldn't. A stroll through your postings is a meditative gift.

    I love the micro views that you have in this poem. We forget the little things, beings, etc, right under our feet or at ground level.

    Thank you for bringing me back to the 'real'.

    Lady Nyo

  26. I feel the love, joy, and appreciation for life radiating in your poem. Stunning!

  27. What an interesting tale you weave about a dewdrop.
    Dropping by from dVerse open link night.
    Suzy at

  28. A drop of dew has a movement downwards so serenely captivating! Nicely combined with your poem. Great take Laura!


  29. Wow ... Amazing Photos !! Like it !!

    Greetings from Germany

  30. Beautiful photography and words too.

  31. Congratulations, wonderful pictures with incredible worlds within those drops, really incredible colors!

  32. I love coming to your blog,'s like a retreat in the midst of chaos. And Tikkun Yoga! How wonderful.

  33. Pausing to enjoy nature can indeed be so revitalizing. Lovely poem and photos Laura!

  34. Lovely meditations Laura. Those who get to take your class this summer are very fortunate!

  35. beautiful!

    I know how hard these could be to capture, because I was trying to take photos of the water drops too :-)

  36. I try to take time to notice.
    At this moment, I am inhaling the sweet scent of fresh picked lilies of the valley.

    signing off to sit and appreciate this.

  37. Those little orbs, aren't they the most magical camera moments, sitting in awe and wonderment of the tiny universe in one droplet. We are so blessed to see!

    Have a great yoga time too! x

  38. Love the highlight of veins and textures in the leaf macro! Beautiful!

  39. Always wonderful creativity and inspiring words here ~ Love your blog! Happy Weekend ^_^

  40. I love the water droplets, guiding my eye to the light of God's sun. It reminds me that He is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.


  41. I have a major decision to make very soon, and I am trying (desperately!) to listen to my heart!

    The Hanged Man

  42. It stays perched; didn't trickle down. I hold my breath.

    Hugs for Ellie :( My Mozart is a poodle (toy) too.

  43. Wonderful set of images, great clarity.

  44. Wonderful, inspiring words and captures, Laura.
    Visit u back here, happy weekend.

  45. Beautiful.
    Have a great weekend!

  46. It's always a pleasure visiting your blog ... your photographs are truly relaxing !!!

  47. I can spend hours looking an little water drops, they amaze me so.


  49. Inspirational and beautiful post.

  50. I know how it feels to be on my belly staring thru a lens. The poem is lovely, and your photographs are marvelous, as always.

  51. Lovely :)

    Have a lovely weekend!
    Scudds x

  52. Lovely light in the black and white photos, and those droplet worlds are so beautiful!

  53. Good evening (--> Germany) / good afternoon (???) new blogging friend...
    ...I'm really impressed how much comments you got - how can you cope with such a great community of followers? Our day here in Germany has only 24 hours. ;-)



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