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Monday, November 11, 2013

Hakarat Hatov: Recognizing the Good #8





colors speak to me
whisper stories of this world
right beneath my feet

In college I studied textile design. I remember how one of our art teachers taught us to squint in order to read the subtleties of varied hues with more precision by allowing them to blend; a wonderful paradox. This practice helped me tremendously in choosing yarns to design exquisite cloth inspired by nature years ago. I understand this now as listening with my eyes, seeing with my heart. It is a good instruction for interactions with people too. Soften your gaze to read the varied hues of each person you meet with gentle discernment by allowing their wholeness to swirl into the oneness you are, we are, with all of everything there ever is-was-will be, each yarn essential to forming the most inspiring cloth, part of nature, exquisite.

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 

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32 comments:

  1. Heisann! I sent you a gratitude for thanksgiving, but it takes very long to be accepted ... or did it flow away????

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  2. Gorgeous view to align with your thoughts~
    Thank you Laura!

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  3. I think of that as "looking with your heart," Laura. And you have beautiful vision.

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  4. What a lovely thought..."Soften your gaze to read the varied hues of each person you meet".

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  5. Lovely sentiment and beautiful photos... thank you for sharing!

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  6. so much of the world right beneath our feet...or our eyes go unnoticed...the sounds of autumn def dont let us forget they are there....smiles...

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  7. Thanks for this post. You remind me to go easy when I need to--when I would rather rush in like a fool!

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  8. You always bless me with beautiful words and images...I need to pay closer attention to the world beneath my feet

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  9. Lovely textural, colorful and divine photos ~ carol, xxx

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  10. Hi Laura, you images are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your devotional photograhic journey with us.Recognizing the good is indeed a wonderful spiritual practice.

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  11. Great macros and I also loved what you had to say.

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  12. Brilliant !! Love the photo and the haiku

    PhenoMenon

    http://throodalookingglass.com/2013/11/quite-not-so-quiet/

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  13. You certainly do have an eye for colour and textures in nature.

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  14. What a great analogy!

    I love your series of 'frost' pictures --very pretty!

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  15. Great analogy!

    I love your 'frost' pictures --very pretty. :)

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  16. Great analogy!

    I love your 'frost' pictures --very pretty. :)

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  17. Great pictures you show Laura :) Hanne Bente

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  18. I read this post earlier and sat here squinting and thinking about colors blending and I think I forgot to comment. Such interesting information and beautiful pictures.

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  19. Always wise words to be found in your blog!

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  20. Laura, you are so talented. I urge EVERYONE to listen to Laura's heavenly music. With these photos and that lovely handful of words, I was swayed. Amy

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  21. Yes you are talented.... I love reading your posts ... I wanted to let you know that the book I got after reading it here on mindfulness is one that my daughter recommends to her clients .... Small world.. Michelle

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  22. The photos beautiful, your writing exquisite. I like the idea of being a thread in a larger design.

    I'll be submitting my gratitude piece soon.

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  23. Beautiful photos and thoughts.

    I'll be contributing my patch of gratitude soon.

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