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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.


Friday, November 8, 2013

Hakarat Hatov: Recognizing the Good #6

a cherry jewel
hangs from a branch bathed in light
reflecting sweetness

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 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 my blog.)

linking to:
haiku my heart

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

Shine the Divine


  1. I like this macro it looks kind of yummy.

  2. lovely haiku; ponder the sweetness in gratitude

    much love...

  3. Beautiful practice of seeing and recognizing the joy in gratitude.

  4. So much beauty to behold and be grateful for, even on a gloomy day.
    Big love to you on this fall day, Laura!

  5. Love the way you have captured the light in this photo!

  6. you are a flaming heart of gratitude igniting us all.

  7. A great practice for all of us to spend some time on.

  8. Such beautiful lighting and colors!

  9. Beautiful haiku, and what a delicious juicy red color.
    And your gratitude quilts...oh my, such courage. God Bless.

  10. Divine photo and living in the 'now.' ~ thanks, carol, xxx

  11. This haiku reflects the 'sweetness' of it's originator, thank you. x

  12. What a beautiful macro composition.

  13. reflecting sweetness
    Nature shines her own magic
    photo captured it

  14. Thanks for the heads up on the gratitude quilt. I'm not a quilter so when I got your comment urging me to participate, I thought I wouldn't be skilled enough. Then I read what you wrote at the top of the blog and I can do that--and will tomorrow afternoon.

  15. Beautiful and creative, wonderful cherry gem!


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