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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hakarat Hatov: Recognizing the Good #18



weekend walk with friends
embracing joy as we strolled
beneath the vast sky

lake reflected light
shadows clouds life unfurling
time full expansive

linking to:
ein stuk himmel


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. 

Don't forget to share the love up close with I Heart Macro, the linky opens @ 7pm EST Saturday evening.

Shine the Divine

47 comments:

  1. What a wonderful walk this morning!!! I've not been out yet and soon will be but it won't be this lovely!!! Have a grand day!!!

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  2. SPECTACULARLY beautiful photos, wintery reflections. I love the whole idea of recognizing the good.

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  3. Oh gosh Laura, what magnificent captures! Truly beautiful!

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  4. Beauty beauty beauty !
    A walk with friends sounds lovely.
    Eager to meet you tomorrow, friend !
    Happy Thursday !

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  5. Beautiful pictures and may the remainder of November be kind to you!

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  6. Nature is a sanctuary of mine, I thank God for it.

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  7. Very beautiful november walk photos,Laura!Have a nice weekend.

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  8. Hi Laura,
    these are marvelous photos of the sky and the landscape. Amazing colors. So beautiful !
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  9. A lovely sky!
    Thank you for sharing, greetings by Heidrun

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  10. Laura... these scenes are heavenly. Thank you

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  11. What stunning photos and lovely words!
    Am really looking forward to seeing the quilt :)
    And I've got a new super-duper blog - I'm pulling all the bits and pieces of writing/photos together... I'd love it if you could stop by sometime :)
    It's still in the early stages, so bare with me xxx

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  12. Sorry, Laura, I didn't give you the new blog address-duh! http://anotherdeepday.blogspot.co.uk/
    Thanks for commenting on my dreamboard though :)

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  13. Lovely sky! So beautiful!

    Best regards, Nadja

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  14. Gorgeous evening skies and terrific captures, Laura!! Have a great weekend!!

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  15. Øovely as always.
    Best whishes
    Mormor

    http://www.starbear.no/mormor/2013/11/21/en-liten-bit-himmel/

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  16. Wonderful shots from your walk.

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  17. Yes, Great pictures, I love the scenery!

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  18. Lovely reflections, Laura! Beautiful sky shots! Have a happy weekend!

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  19. Incredible photography ~ so beautiful ~ for SWF ~ thanks, carol, xxx

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  20. Great reflections, dear Laura,
    love your sky!
    Have a nice weekend,
    moni

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  21. Inspiring post...not only in those beautiful photos, but your writing!!

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  22. Oh, sooo beautiful...*sigh*... Such scenes make one feel extra glad to be alive. :o) Happy Days, Laura ((HUGS))

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  23. hi laura, these are gorgeous shots and great reflections!
    well done you!:)

    happy friday!

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  24. A beautiful energy from the photograph and the words Laura.

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  25. Polychrome natural beauty!
    Great shot!
    Regards my new post about a Great Royal City, Rajasthan in India.

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  26. This falls into the prayer category that Anne Lamott calls, "Wow!" Wow, Laura. . . the images reflect so much beauty and glory.

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  27. These are beautiful photos, Laura, matching the words!

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  28. Embracing joy can be spontaneous or it can be something we have to practise. It all depends...

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  29. lovely haiku duo; thanks for stopping by my blog; have a nice Friday

    much love...

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  30. Who could ever tire of observing clouds, colours, reflections?
    Yes gratitude is a good word. x

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  31. The key, for me, is to recognize the moment and love it so much that I forget to take the picture, then see it for days in my mind. Thanks for this presentation.

    Peace

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  32. Your quiet and contemplative stance of gratitude is uplifting and spirit filled! Beautiful post!

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  33. stunning sky photos! lovely reflections!

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  34. An heavy sky for the perfect dramatic scenery... Good choice for the week !

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  35. You've caught the essence of friendship in your words: shared experiences.

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  36. Beautiful shots! I love the lighting and colors and of course I love the reflections.

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  37. Beautiful sky photos. Likely done

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  38. Love the photos and the words, how wonderful to be able to share that beautiful sky with friends.

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  39. Beautiful shots! Great post... liked going through!

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