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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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Thursday, January 2, 2014

in a heartbeat





Do calligraphic visions reflected on still water
remain the same as the sun and moon do-si-do?

Who among us could surrender in patient stillness like this weight-wearied limb tucked in the river’s bed (did anyone hear it fall?) to know for certain if this is so?

wisdom emerges
as attention is steadied
drifts in a heartbeat





Do you see a heart beating in the animated icicle just above where it melts? Once more I don't know how it is moving, a happenstance effect. I did take several photos of this icicle as it was melting, but I did not put them together in a slide show, blogger seemed to "intuit" that this would be a good idea. I have vertigo again and I am sure this would be much more enjoyable to watch if I did not. Even when I am still it feels as though I'm in motion. Oh well, just my body reminding me that in living with MS symptoms come and go, just like thoughts  emotions, sensations, sunrise, sunset, the phases of the moon and the tides. And lets not forget snow that falls, melts and refreezes into icicles constantly changing form too.




I dug into the vault to find a favorite winter sunset photo from a few years ago to share.




Today's weather looks like this. It began before sunrise and is expected to continue through Friday morning. It is quite cold, 10° F (not as frigid as where my friend Karen lives in Winnipeg -24 C this morning, -40 when she sent me a message the other day, brrrrr!) Still, plenty cold for me.

I hope you are cozy, comfy wherever you are.



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62 comments:

  1. Happy New Year, Wise and Talented One! How marvelously you captured this heart beat moment in time. The power of living in this present moment had been brought to my attention over and over again recently. Thanks for the amazing inspiration to be.

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  2. Amazing icicle image...I didn't know blogger could do that. I'm taking down the tree today and clearing away the clutter for a clean start to this new year. Happy New Year, Laura. May 2014 bring you and yours health and happiness ~

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  3. I did see the heart! what a fascinating image, moving like that! I am a visual learner, so I was quite absorbed watching the movement of the icicle!

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  4. Laura the images of branches reflected in the water are really striking.
    It's sweltering in KwaZulu Natal today. A little snow would be most welcome.

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  5. Laura, what a fascinating post this is. LOVE the sunset photo. But what riveted my attention is the throbbing icicle.....yes, I see a heartbeat - there is so much life and motion going on there (I have vertigo too so I totally know what you mean) It makes me think of Masaru Emoto's Messages From Water, about how alive and responsive water is.

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  6. Beautiful post , simply beautiful.

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  7. Lovely photos. Love the dripping icicles. Sending good energy your way!

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  8. Very beautiful photos,Laura!Happy New Year 2014!All the best to you and your family!I hope you can live in good health this year without big MS symtoms.

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  9. Beautiful shots. I love the reflections and the one with the colorful sky is gorgeous. Happy New Year!

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  10. Happy New Year. Beautiful photos.

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  11. The sunset sky is beautiful, but I am most fascinated by the first series ...wonderful. I wish you a happy, healing year in 2014. Thank you for all you do.

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  12. Beautiful!
    Happy New Year to you!

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  13. Beautiful, colorful skies, Laura!! Hope you have a great new year!! Enjoy!! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  14. Oh, lovely shots, that sunset is gorgeous. The icicle is ummm, different ;) It's minus 26 here right now!

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  15. Wonderful pics Laura. Yes, I see the heart beating ♥
    Many greetings Sabine

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  16. The reflections are peaceful and the sunset is gorgeous. Lovely post, Laura! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  17. Wonderful images.
    Wish you Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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  18. Wish I could get some of that snow! Love the sunset!Beth @ Life on Devil's Hollow

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  19. Hi Laura, those words: patient stillness - are words of wisdom for me for 2014. Thanks to you!

    Happy new year!!

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  20. Nice captures with reflections.
    Fantastic silhouette too.

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  21. Lovely post and wonderful photos.
    Take care and stay warm. Wish u the best year.

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  22. The winter sunset photo is spectacular! Happy New Year.

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  23. Awesome series of photographs.

    Coming to you from SWF!

    Happy New Year to you and your household. xx

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  24. Tranquility was the first word to come to mind as I journeyed through your post!!! Your haiku is wonderful!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!

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  25. It was minus three here this morning! At first I didn't notice the little minus sign. Been a long time since it's been below zero here. Years. I will stay cozy as long as the power stays on and the propane holds out. Happy New Year!

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  26. wisdom emerges as attention is steadied...yes...i agree...
    cool perspective on the limbs and a bit of natures geometry they make....

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  27. You see the beauty in EVERYTHING!
    You are one of the most positive people on the planet.
    Loved your Heart Beat 55
    Thanks for playing and sharing your unique talent with us Laura
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End
    And a Happy New Year.....G

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  28. Oh, Laura--these photos are SO lovely. They fill my eyes...Ah, beautiful.

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  29. Extra ordinary, both the heart (in the branches) and the beat (in the drops). Best wishes for a good 2014 to you.

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  31. Dearest Laura, The beating of the heart in the ice melting is such a powerful metaphor... I will be thinking on that image for a long time. It is my intent, to stay with steady attention to all that I am doing... Only then, will I be able to see the love poems in the bent reflections of the fallen tree, and the colors of the sunset, and the black and white letters of someone as dear to my heart as you are. Thank you Laura for the beauty and inspiration you share. I am so happy to have this relationship with you in bloglandia. Blessings to you and this new year that we find ourselves stepping into, with all our heart. XO

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  32. Interesting pictures with beautiful lights and shadows, reflections and lines!

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  33. thank you for the magic!!!
    Blessings to you in 2014

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  34. Great pictures, Laura!
    http://amitaag.blogspot.in/2014/01/new-yearnew-sunrise.html

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  35. I love your photo from the vaults, it emits a peaceful feeling, perfect for today...x

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  36. Fascinating heartbeat! What a super fine photo. And the shadows...I think they also do-si-do as the moon and sun dance.

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  37. Wow!That 's surely one beautiful winter sunset shot.

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  38. superbe et poetique j aime bcp !

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  39. This is when reflections become works of art!

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  40. Such beautiful photos and words! So amazing!

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  41. Really love the series of the naked, crooked limb in the river; exquisite.

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  42. Great images. I love the first series!

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  43. Beautiful serie of photos! Especially I like the first one. Great pattern!

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  44. Beautiful series of photos! Especially I like the first one! Great pattern!

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  45. Wow your reflection pics are stunning ! I love the double square : so perfect, so abstract !

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  46. Vertigo is so unpleasant! I love your black and white calligraphy.

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  47. Stunning images coupled with heart warming philosophy, thank you Laura!

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  48. Love those reflections - beautiful!
    Liz

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  49. dear laura,
    thank you for being a beautiful light in the haiku circle. your eye for beauty and your generosity of sharing continues to sweeten all our days. sending love to brighten your glorious new year; thank you for brightening mine.
    xoxo

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  50. those branches hanging over (into) the water are stunning with the slight tint of colors. The sunset is certainly silhouette is certainly worthy of framing (IMO) .

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