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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.


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hakarat Hatov: Recognizing the Good #5

Mah nora HaMakom hazeh!
How awesome is this place!
(Genesis 28:17)
These are Jacob's words when he wakes after dreaming of a mysterious ladder reaching from earth to heaven. He WAKES up and realizes the sacredness of the very place where he is. May this be so for each of us, recognizing the holiness of our lives right where we are, exactly as we are.

For the month of November, I have been posting 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 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 my blog.)

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  1. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. What a beautiful photographs of the sunset.

  2. what uplifting photos. There is such grandeur in the sky.

  3. Beautiful skies, Laura! Thanks for visiting me at wordpress!

  4. Ahh this is beautiful!

  5. Such dramatic, colorful skies and terrific captures for the day, Laura!! Thanks for sharing the beauty! Hope you have a lovely weekend!!

  6. These take my breath away Laura...stunning!

  7. Beautiful skies! Such magical colors!

  8. Beautiful heavenly images you show Laura. Wishing you a good Friday / good weekend :) Hanne Bente

  9. Magnificent sky watching!
    Great shots!

  10. Stunning images Laura, I thank you with gratitude for sharing them and for your philosophy.

  11. Stunning colors and beautiful skies, Laura! Wishing you a happy weekend!

  12. Great shots of that fiery sky, must have been breathtaking standing there.
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

  13. This is a beautiful project for November, Laura--the month of Thanksgiving. "How awesome is this place!" I love that! And your images reflect the heart of that. I'm thankful to be here to see them today. :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

  14. Hard to find other adjectives to describe you totally awesome images. So, I'll say simply that they are indeed 'divine' and that I wish I had shot them.

  15. Hi Laura,
    marvelous and colorful photos of this amazing Sunset. So lovely !
    Thank you very much for your invitation.
    Best regards, Synnöve

  16. These skies are so beautiful! Wonderful colours!
    Have a happy Sunday!


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