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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Strong Pull of Quietude






High on a ledge overlooking the mighty river, lured by tender plants unhindered in their growth by the harsh forces of nature, exposed as they are on that precarious cliff.

Wrapped in the warmth of my own silence, listening to the wind, the train clatter along the track, deep waters flowing steadily below.

Feeling at home in my breath and the strength of my body (that day), allowing me to step cautiously to the edge.

I sat in the movement around me, shallow roots nourished by equanimity with those grace filled plants firm and swaying; sustained by the blessing of Presence, temporarily inside and outside of time.




I am feeling the strong pull of quietude, even here at home in the daily busyness of family. Eight days away from the Internet and emails reminded me how much I value being both outdoors and indoors, un-tethered to a computer. This nurturing online community has been my umbilical chord for such a long time now. I appreciate the succor of very real companionship journeying with you online. Yet I am hearing a different call, perhaps the combination of back-to-back retreats and the blanket of snow I returned to, are inviting me to be HERE in the physical world with greater attention. I Heart Macro will remain steady, and I will post photos for the remainder of December, but the trend toward fewer words that began in November with the gratitude practice of Hakarat Hatov, recognizing the good, in relative silence is an intention I feel compelled to continue. I'll leave comments on. I might pop in to say hello on your blogs, but mostly this is a time for me to just be. 

Wishing you every blessing,
laura

man of kindness rest
in the nest of light you wove
held in peace sweet soul

I learned this morning of the passing of a blogging friend, Joe Spado, a dear man, who understood the human heart so well. Today is also the funeral of the mother of a childhood friend… and two days ago we celebrated my daughter's 17th birthday. Time flows in and out of memory, like the river, on and on.


Thank you for the Posts Of The Week recognition Hilary!  
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51 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos show the soul of it all (I can't better say in English)...
    Oh yes it is a wonderful thing, the Internet and thereby to have contacts. A connectedness with people who are far and near. I appreciate that very much.
    Here locally I have my love, but he is the only person ever. We are autistic people and it is hard to find in the real world contacts for us. Internet is very helpful. And the communication is in writing for me good and possible ...
    But computers and all this takes a lot of time and energy, which is necessary for real-world experiences, dreams, silence ... it distracts much that I see in me.
    If not this lack of communication would be for me, I would limit it much more and live long times better without a computer ...
    I wish you a blessed holy time between the years.

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  2. This quietude of which you speak resonates with me deeply...I have been feeling a similar sentiment, Laura. You've given your expressions of self and nature and the weaving of these together such a graceful and natural flow.

    Thank you for tending to the quietude and small roots, you're an inspiration to me. ♥

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  3. Winter is a mix of silent hibernation and family gatherings for me... Enjoy your quietude, dear Laura... May you be blessed and refreshed xx

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  4. And every blessing to you Dear Friend, and wishing you peace and quietude :)

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  5. Yes, I love these beautiful frames macros, delicious photos!

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  6. Wonderful photos and words!
    Sometimes more quietness is needed but mostly we are not able to hear it. :) It is good to listen to your call although when it means to read less often from you!

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  7. Laura, I do understand your desire just to BE. Sometimes that is the most important thing to do. Quietude is important in one's life, and when one knows it is needed it is important to honor it! Blessings to you, Laura.

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  8. Laura, these are stunning images. I'm glad you had some lovely quietude. It looks so good on you.

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  9. Very balanced posting and very well thought of. Beautiful write and such great pics accompanying it. Great take Laura!

    Hank

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  10. nice...i like the feeling of being at home in your own breathe and wrapped in the warmth of your silence...wonderful pics too

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  11. I fully understand that lure of quietude. I am an infrequent poster, as you may have noticed, and have many spells of quiet months since I began my blog. It is nice to share my poetry, when I know that there are others who might appreciate the moment of meditation that (I hope) they feel when reading it. So, I continue... as I hope you do. Take care and enjoy the serenity you are embracing.

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  12. Your follow up comments on quietude hit so very home to me. Yes, let us untether more often, for longer and enjoy those moments that we once took for granted before the electronics age. May peace be with you ~ Jason

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  13. Beautiful title and very fitting for the season ~ Hope you are well ~

    Grace

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  14. I feel the pull too and I feel the quietude in your beautiful photos.

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  15. it is important that we have these times to just be...enjoy the offline time... and loved the pics again... you do such a great job with capturing beauty...

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  16. I have been feeling the same way Laura. I stopped posting on my MS blog over a month ago. I post maybe twice a week on my photo blog. There comes a time, when life (real-time) takes centre stage.

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  17. The real world with real people with real happiness...

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  18. Wonderful images complementing perfectly the expression of your soul so beautifully captured in words. Bless you.

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  19. A lovely post and enjoy your time just to be x

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  20. It's amazing how a subject flows from real-life into the ether-life over and over again. On Tuesday, we talked about making a "god' of cell phones, computers, etc. and how important it is to pay attention to those surrounding us. Even though I cherish coming here and connecting with you, I think that your needs for silence, your health, and the people in your life are more important. blessed be.

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  21. Your blog is such a spiritual "coffee break" for me, Laura. This is stunning. I'm sorry about the losses and joyful about the celebration of birth...and such is the circle of life. I still don't get your posts! I guess google and wordpress don't care for each other.

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  22. you sure are gifted at capturing the beauty of our world. each photo is a joy to see!

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  23. What a lovely heart in the tree ♥

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  24. Lovely shots. They pull me toward quietude.

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  25. Thank you very much Laura! Greetings!

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  26. your words rang so true to me, i need all of it to make me feel whole........to make me joyful!! right now, i have it all!!

    beautiful images today laura, so happy to see you!!

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  27. One of my teachers in college paraphrased Mark 6:31 in such a way that I remember it all these years later ... he said "Come ye apart and rest a while. Or ye will indeed come apart".

    Thank you so much, dear friend, for your support and understanding of so many things. I think of you often.

    Thank you also for this beautiful post - the peace of your pictures touches my soul. The heart is perfect.
    Love and Peace to you today, Laura.

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  28. Laura,

    It takes such courage to follow one's heart--kudos to your for heeding the call.

    With love,
    Hannah

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  29. How gorgeous and calming. Love that heart on the branch.

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  30. I like the heart, you found small beauty many overlook. It is simple beauty that makes many of us happy.

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  31. Totally understand your thoughts. Find your peace, dear girl. That is most important. We love you.

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  32. A beautiful haiku, Laura. Spadoman is at peace and so is the mother of your friend. A wonderful birthday wishes to your daughter!!

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  33. So much love and tenderness in this post, Lovely Laura. You are so wise to soak in the quiet and calm, listening to what your soul and body need. Sending you love and peace in your quiet space !

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  34. Huge congratulations on the POTW mention!

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  35. reflecting your joy and your blessings; have a nice Friday

    much love..

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  36. exquisite haiku and divine photography ~ so creative ~ thanks, carol, xxx

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  37. This is such a beautiful post, Laura.
    Congratulations on your selection for POTW.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  38. Dear Laura, I didn't use it in my final haiku post today, but I took a photo this morning of a small orange orb just like your first photo... gave me chills to see it show up in your post! May this silence fill you with grace and peace and all that your soul yearns for. I join you in missing our Joe... Just thinking of him makes me smile... and being here with you with your beautiful photos and words fills my heart. Thank you!

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  39. "Quietude" I love the word. Really great pictures. They're my eye candy this weekend.

    Hazel

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  40. a beautiful haiku, laura. great photos and congrats on the potw!:))

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  41. Currently reading "7000 ways to listen."
    Namaste

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  42. It's a gift to stop by here this morning and get to read your actual words. While I love your pictures, I love your writing even more. So glad to hear you're taking such good care. Sending love and light and hugs to you.

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  43. Your words are resonating with me, I too am feeling less like being tethered to technology as these dark, cold winter days unfold. "The strong pull of quietude" indeed.

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  44. Because Rebecca is in San Miguel, please use last week's Linky at Recuerda Mi Corazon, so that we can share haiku this week. Thanks so much!

    MMT

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  45. Joseph leading his family to a warm and light place, calm in his faith of God's provision.

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