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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.


Monday, November 4, 2013

Hakarat Hatov: Recognizing the Good #2

Peace is possible when we slow down
take the time to fully 
are present
to each other
to all of creation
then the colors of 
the world resonate
a harmonious song we
all hum along with: love love love
we recognize the good
gratitude arises
hakarat hatov
 peace flows
all of life

Nov 4
One day
One subject
One voice

linking to:

 I Heart Macro Week 25 
through Wednesday evening.

For the remainder of the month of November, I will post a photo (or perhaps a few) each day 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 may add writing some days, I may not, I’ll trust my inner compass to guide me.

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

(Instructions for how to participate can be found at the top of this blog page.)


  1. I'm joining you in creating moments of extreme gratitude for all the goodness that is and in the deep breaths and silent peace-giving.
    Love and light to you and yours, beautiful Heart.

  2. Peace and blessings. Thank you for the invitation to the Gratitude Quilt. I look forward to it.

  3. Beautifully written. :-)

  4. peace is def possible when we allow it....
    slowing down is a huge part of that....
    may it be so

  5. Peace can only exist if we all understand and respect each other and are open minded !

  6. This is so beautiful. The Hebrew words for "gratitude" sound lovely as well! Thank you also for the invitation to the Gratitude Quilt! It's a great idea.

  7. VERY beautiful, your message for peace.

  8. It's a beautiful day when we all come together for Peace. Thank you for the invitation to participate in the Gratitude Quilt, I look forward to it. Namaste.

  9. Peace to you and yours! Thanks for visiting me and inviting me for the Gratitude Quilt; I'll definitely look into it a.s.a.p.!

  10. slowing down…. that really is key. Thank you for your prayers for my daughter. She will be staying home one more day but tonight is much better. (she needs to slow down:) An infection anywhere in the throat or head can be dangerous. It is nice to have her home.

  11. A beautiful photo. And listening is so important - we're very good at talking and thinking about how to respond, but not so much at listening.

  12. The poem is wonderful.

    Peace to you and yours on this and every day.

  13. "love love love", what a beautiful tune set to the tranquility of Peace!

  14. May the blessings of peace be with you and yours Laura.

  15. Such a beautiful and serene Photo - symbolizing the peace and the lovely poem!

  16. What a beautiful photo!

    Wouldn't it be nice if every day were Peace Day?

  17. This is beautiful!

  18. You always speak such calming words...

  19. Slowing down is so essential - and so hard to do in a world where more and more is demanded from us day after day, and we are given frequent reminders that if we won't do it, they'll repaceus with someone who will.

  20. Peace also emanates from understanding...and all which you noted.
    I'm wit you, Laura

  21. What a beautiful message of peace here, Laura!

  22. Lovely peace post, Laura!
    Peace be with you always!

  23. When we slow down and are present. That is so true.


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