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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, November 14, 2013

Hakarat Hatov: Recognizing the Good #11


Ahh, well no Internet again for a full day, I am just getting back on. I am grateful for the time offline to read a good book, take a walk, be in the world with my camera, listening to the leaves rustle as they fall through branches showing more of their skeletal beauty each day. I'm thankful for time to write poetry and meditation teachings, edit photos all without feeling the lure of the Internet. I love the connection to all of you that technology offers, yet when I do not have Internet access, I remember that life is still quite wonderful without it!  So I will put this in my hakarat hatov, recognizing the good pocket next to my heart to take out on days when I need to unplug and simply be.

For the remainder of the month of November, I will post a photo (or perhaps a few) each day that I DO have internet access, of something that invited me to pause and lifted up gratitude, joy, perhaps a quiver of awe in my heart the moment I stopped to be present and really see. By reviewing the image/images to share with you, the experience is engraved deeper in my consciousness, strengthening a reserve of gratitude and goodness to savor and draw upon when gloomy weather outside echoes inside, or vice versa. For me this is a devotional photographic journey for developing the soul quality of Hakarat Hatov… recognizing the good, a Jewish spiritual practice for cultivating gratitude. 

I look forward to receiving your written patches of thanks for this year's:

5th Annual 
(Instructions for how to participate at the top of this blog.)
There is no actual quilting involved and EVERYONE is invited. So far 98 people are participating from all around the world. I tear up at the beauty of your words as I read through each message. Thank YOU!


21 comments:

  1. That's an amazing cloud formation!

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  2. Laura, I love your reflection on the abundant opportunities that internet-deprivation opens up. To your lovely list, I'd add art journaling, creating art, and meditating. Talking to friends. Exploring possibilities.

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  3. Great photo of clouds and a very interesting post,Laura!Have a nice weekend.

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  4. Yes, I have been admiring these beautiful compositions!

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  5. That's a gorgeous sky. And how lovely to have a whole day without any distractions.

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  6. Gratitude is saving my life these days.
    So love hearing and witnessing yours each day this month.
    Have a joyful Thursday, Lovely Laura.

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  7. Very god foto.
    Ha en fin fredag
    kram meta

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  8. Greatful shots.
    Greetings by Heidrun

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  9. the sky looks soft and cottony! I've never see quite a pattern of clouds before.
    is that 2nd photo a tree? at first glance, I saw a heart; 2nd gazing brought to mind a baby in a womb.
    fabulous thoughts expressed by you

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  10. An amazing and beautiful sky! I had some very similar clouds in my sky this week! Wonderful capture for the day! ! Hope you have a lovely weekend, Laura!!

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  11. A cotton ball sky. A quiet day off-line is often a good thing.

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  12. Awesome cloud. The second pic looks like a baby in a uterus.
    Gratitude quilt seems a great idea.

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  13. The cloud pattern is amazing... a rare moment!

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  14. When I first looked at your picture I thought you were taking a walk in the snow...but then I looked up! We have to do that don't we, look up! Have a grand day!!!

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  15. LOVELY images, Laura! A little offline time--always a good thing, though, I think! To not be online, to not have access even, is a nice little refresher course in being in the NOW and dweling in that. For all cyberspace does offer of the good, real life is the sweetest dwelling place. :o) Be here when you can... ((HUGS))

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  16. I'm not sure this is a reflection or whether you flipped it around. In any case, it's a wonderful sky; and, I always like to see silhouettes of branches. Neat image!

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  17. Laura, wonderful sky image! And I love the heart! Beautiful images and post. Have a happy weekend!

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  18. I just love the photograph of the tree and sky.

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