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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.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hakarat Hatov: Recognizing the Good #3

The link for I Heart Macro Week 25 is
through Wednesday evening.

This image will link with:

A new link for I Heart Macro 26 will open here on 
Saturday Evening at 7pm EST
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 written patches of thanks for this year's 

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


  1. Beautiful and tender photograph, Laura!
    Sunny regards from Germany to your part of planet world!

  2. Hello ...

    very nice photo ! Great captured ...

    Best regards

  3. Since I don't do emailings unless it's family only, I hope by putting my thoughts here will work...for 2013's quilt.

    Here goes [my quilt piece is in italics, below]:

    I am grateful for my life, my family, the sunshine that warms my heart, the chill on a winter's day that I know allows me to feel comfort in loving arms. I am grateful that my grandson, at the age of 5 months survived open heart surgery so I could watch him grow to an adult. Life is beautiful, and for that I am thankful!!

    By the way, thanks for the invitation, but if this comment isn't what you wanted, and it should be through an email...then, forgive me.

    Your photos and post are extraordinary.

  4. One of the things I'm grateful for is your lovely photography. Happy Day Laura.

  5. That is such a beautiful photo. I just love the way you display light in your photography. Thank you for the invitation to participate in the gratitude quilt. I be setting aside some time for that soon.

  6. What a beautiful capture Laura. Thankyou so much for your recent invitation to join your Gratitude Quilt. Although I understand the concept and think it is a wonderful idea, I do not think it is for me at this time.

  7. Beautiful photo!
    Greetings, RW & SK

  8. Laura, Hi, This is lovely....xoxo

  9. This is such a beautiful photograph, Laura.
    The light you have captured here is magical.

  10. That is stunning with the light behind it - exquisite. I'll try to get in the mindset for your gratitude quilt, I have plenty for which to be grateful in my life.

  11. Oh my, Laura, such wonderful series of photos!
    There is so much to be thankful and joyful for so I will try to send you mine soon (I hope i won't forget). . . .

  12. Mega-nifiscence!
    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    =^..^= <3
    > < } } ( ° >
    > < 3 3 3 ( ' >

  13. Great play of light and shadows. Nicely done!

  14. Beautiful picture Laura. Wish you a nice day :) Hanne Bente


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