Shine the Divine:

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.

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YOU ARE INVITED TO ADD YOUR PATCH TO THIS YEAR'S

6TH ANNUAL GRATITUDE QUILT!

THIS IS THE LAST WEEK TO SEND ME AN OFFERING FOR THE QUILT

It is easy to participate in the Gratitude Quilt: Close your eyes. Place one hand on your heart, then your other hand over that, giving yourself a gentle hug. Breathe into and out through the center of your heart for several breaths. Now, exhale slowly. Inhale deeply. Exhale again… type or write whatever you are most thankful for in that moment. Do not edit just let the words flow onto an email to me laurahegfield@comcast.net by November 25th so I have time to "stitch" our words together. Please type the words "Gratitude Quilt" in the subject line. *There is no need to translate into English if that is not your native tongue.

Opening our hearts, connecting with many souls around the world in thankfulness is a generous, courageous, loving act, exposing light during a time in which we are facing some very real darkness on our planet, and for some, in our personal lives as well. I look forward to receiving your words of gratitude.

Click on images in the body of each post to enlarge them. *Interested in purchasing a photo you see featured on my blog? Please send me an email and we can discuss size, finish and pricing.

Want to share the love up-close? Click I HEART MACRO and you can add your link for week 79, the linky is open all week:-)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Buds At The Ready


rooted in dark soil
sapped soul rises seeking light
forever shining











Ancient guardians, Life’s secrets running through your veins, you breathe out so that we may breathe in, cleanse the air, shade, house, feed, hold soil firm.

New buds at the ready promise spring while winter’s weight feels endless.

Giving sanctuary when I walk in the forest, safe beneath your outstretched canopy.


I humbly thank you.




Celebrating Tu B’Shvat 
the New Year for the Trees


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

Shine the Divine



61 comments:

  1. Exceptional pictures and beautiful haiku! Have a grand day!

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  2. We all rise towards the light. Glorious photos, Laura. As always.

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  3. How wonderful!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    > < } } ( ° >

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  4. What stunning images Laura and of course beautiful words which touch the soul.

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  5. All the pictures are really beautiful.

    Yes, Nature is always motivating.

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  6. Such hope in this celebration.. Thank you, Glorious Trees, for all of your gifts.
    Love and light to you, Laura!

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  7. Definitely the first one is a real beauty with this beautiful light! Nice pictures!

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  8. stunning photos, Laura! your giving thanks to the trees walks hand-in-hand with this blogger's account of a holiday about trees: http://jerusalemhillsdailyphoto.blogspot.com/

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  9. Danke für Ihren freundlichen Besuch. Wie ich sehe, gibt es hier auch einiges für mich zu entdecken. Da muss ich nochmal wiederkommen.

    Liebe Grüße
    die Waldameise

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  10. Trees! Each day I am so thankful to be surrounded by these life bearers. Your words and photos resonate with me on this treasure trove. :)

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  11. happy you stopped by my blog; have a nice Thursday

    much love...

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  12. Jeszcze trochę trzeba poczekać, zanim się rozwiną i obudzi nowe życie. Pozdrawiam.
    Still have to wait a little bit before they develop and awaken a new life. Yours.

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  13. Magical and beautiful photography.

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  14. Wonderful photos for SWF,Laura!Have a nice weekend.

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  15. Heisann, thanks , Laura.
    Your leaf shoots are a wonderful reminder of what will meet us in a month or two...
    Have a nice weekend;:OD)

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  16. Love youe bud shots ... look really forward to the spring :)

    Wish you a happy weekend!

    Irene

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  17. Nothing more beautiful than the contrasts of a winter sky...and all the blankets of snow, ice and leftover leaves of Autumn.

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  18. The gifts Nature shares with us. Maybe she is ready to let us have a touch of spring in the air. It certainly looks that way from your bud shots. They are beautiful and the haiku so tender and touching. Hope you are feeling well. Take care and have a nice weekend.

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  19. When you know how to look, as you do, there is promise and beauty everywhere. Thank you!

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  20. Beautiful photos , Laura! Wish you a very nice weekend!

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  21. Oh wow, thank you for sharing these gifts with us Laura. Have a great weekend :)

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  22. Beautiful photos, and a sign of things to come.

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  23. Oh, I like the idea of the trees' New Year. Lovely write.

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  24. Laura...
    You certainly Shine the Light Divine
    You are positive, and beautiful
    You make a difference in all that you touch
    It's an honor and a thrill to have you link up to my
    humble writing prompt.
    Loved your Budding 55
    Thank You for being so encouraging
    Have a Kick Ass Week End.... G

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  25. I love the look of bare trees in winter, great shots Laura, and your haiku with photo is gorgeous to read and view!

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  26. I think of the forest as a safe canopy -- even though I know the south has black snakes (tree climbers…) Lovely photos - the light is just amazing!

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  27. Beautiful shots, Laura. I like the sun flare in the first shot!

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  28. Beautiful shots - that first one is gorgeous!

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  29. Glorious images, Laura!
    "Giving sanctuary when I walk in the forest, safe beneath your outstretched canopy." ... my feelings exactly.

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  30. Love those buds,looks like another season is coming.

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  31. Hi,Laura. Nice captures. Your bud photos make me feel a brighting future. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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  32. Wonderful shots, Laura. I envy you for that snowy world.
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

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  33. Wonderful and beautiful they look!
    Great series.

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  34. Beautiful, itz a celebration of trees!

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  35. just beautiful. and what a wonderful celebration!

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  36. The bud strives for life. Nice one.

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  37. Thank you for loving the trees.

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  38. Gorgeous photography and haiku speaks to me of the adventure of life on this planet ~ carol, xxx (A Creative Harbor)

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  39. Looks like you and I were in the same spot shooting our Skywatch shots this week Laura!!! Lovely macros as well!!!

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  40. beautiful post full of the magic of hibernating nature getting ready to burst soon

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  41. How wonderful to celebrate the trees! Thank you for sharing this holiday ... I am going to adopt it!!! Happy Weekend!

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  42. I just love comig on your blog every friday (or weekend, it depends of my work) and discover what you created to please us... Those pictures of snow are amazing, thnaks for the sharing.

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  43. Beautiful sentiment Laura. I just love your pictures too. This is nothing sort of miraculous.

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  44. Wonderful shots, Laura...the beauty of nature...

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  45. Very Nice! Shining bright! Aloha

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  46. Beautiful shots! The bud close ups are wonderful!

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  47. I like to imagine the sap stirring, even though it seems all is quiet as we look upon a winter landscape. Thank you for this lovely reminder.

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  48. Lovely series. The new buds hold so much promise in a cold season.

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  49. Wonderful serie of photos! Very nicely done!

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  50. Love seeing the early buds waiting to burst into bloom.

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  51. Unfortunately, I think there are many of us who qualify as being "sapped souls"!

    Seven Spirits

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  52. Vey lovely shots? greeting from Belgium

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