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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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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Love


each time we arrive
my soul feels at home and sighs
this place knows my heart





Love
 embraces
person
place
space
time
 in the realm of relationship
colors spill and blend
two remember one
it couldn’t be
 otherwise.



firm as darkness falls
rooted in eternity
stands love's silhouette

My beloved and I went snowshoeing last weekend, through forested trails, across a frozen river, up between iced boulders. What a joy to stand with the man who holds my heart with tender love at this place that knows my heart, where my soul sighs, recognizing home upon the mountains, beneath the vast, open sky.


May you know you are loved in every moment, that you are love, for that is your essence.

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We are waiting for the next storm riding up the coast. If I am not online the next few days we may have lost power. Hopefully, not, but I've pre-scheduled the linky for I Heart Macro just in case.

108 comments:

  1. What a beautiful tribute to love. Happy Valentine's Day, Laura.

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  2. i like your thoughts on love....
    arriving as well...we are constantly in a state of arriving....

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  3. What a spectacularly beautiful place - glorious colors, wonderful photos. I love "this place knows my heart". I have a place like that and am visiting it this weekend. Cant wait! Beautiful post, Laura. Even more beautiful photos than usual and that is saying something.

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  4. what a stunning series of images to behold with the one you love and who loves you!

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  5. oh nice...snowshoeing is very cool...i want to try it forever but somehow never managed so far... cool on going there with your loved one as well...what a double bliss

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  6. Another heart-lifting meditation in photos and verse. Thank you, Laura. Beauty shared is blessed.

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  7. As always your photos are stunning, Laura! Lovely romantic poem.

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  8. dear Laura....beyond the amazing photos, and the words, I have been thinking of Creativity, this winter blues, and the Via Negativa. Otto Rank/Matthew Fox and Rollo May all talk about creativity, and what I have come away with is this: Our creativity is forged in our encounter with opposition. This opposition can be many things, major and minor that pass through our lives, but it all serves a purpose IN our lives....it lays the fertile ground for more creative responses. So embrace the serenity, the quietude of Winter, the bareness outside, this most fallow period. It is our preparing for more creativity when the time is right. This precious Via Negativa.

    Love, Jane

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  9. So beautiful! Absolutely amazing!

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  10. I love the photos...the sunset is lovely. Thanks so much for your comments on my blog. I will get a macro lens one day and be able to join the meme. I find your words so comforting and inspiring to me. Words that I cannot think of to say, you seem to write for me and I say "yes" that is what I am feeling!!! Wonderful. I really like your blog.

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  11. Enjoyed the photos and beautiful words. In many ways winter is a time of reflection and sometimes we're forced inward by icy storms. I hope your power stays connected!

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  12. It says so much about the kind of person you are, that you can find hearts in the most unexpected places.. places that are overlooked by so many. Long may you continue to be surrounded with love.

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  13. Wonderful, dear Laura. I hope you have a magical Valentine's Day.

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  14. Stunning pictures & words dear Laura ~ Thanks for sharing ~

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  15. Nature is beautiful; Love is beautiful; but together, they are poetry, as are your words and photos! I found your blog because you commented on mine -- I'm signing up!

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  16. Laura, lovely words and gorgeous skies! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  17. Breathtaking pictures and beautiful words cause me to reflect on the beauty and graces in my life!

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  18. ich liebe dieses Blau, echt schön, KLaus

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  19. Beautiful! Wish you a happy Valentine's Day!

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  20. Wow - what exquisite shots and words!

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  21. What a beautiful Sky ...!!

    xxx doris

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  22. Ich bin verliebt in diese himmlischen Himmel - Bilder und die schönen Worte dazu.
    Liebe Grüße
    Paula

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  23. Dear Laura, simply gorgeous, your photos, ...... a dream!
    regards,
    Christine

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  24. luv the heart shape in those branches
    have a nice Thursday

    [http://myblog-lunchbreak.blogspot.com/2014/02/1390.html]

    much love...

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  25. ...ein zauberschöner Himmel...
    herzlichst Steffi

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  26. Beautiful shots! It must have been a great trip, considering the awesome view!

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  27. Gorgeous sequence of sky shots.

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  28. Nice photos, lovely words. Much Love to you both! Happy Valentine's Day! :)x

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  29. Beautiful skies and words ~ thanks ~ nice to see when New England is grey, cold and snowy ~ xxx

    carol and armusedog
    www.acreativeharbor.com

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  30. Stunning photos! A loving presentation of nature at its best. And beautiful sentiment too.

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  31. I like these beautiful colors, wonderful light , great photos!

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  32. Such beautiful words...and when you wrote about this place knowing your heart, I totally understand.

    Jen

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  33. Beautiful sentiments and gorgeous photos!

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  34. just beautiful...we are very lucky to have such kindred souls in our lives...many do not.

    happy day of love, passion and compassion!

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  35. Laura, what a lovely post! You really are shining your light on the Divine.

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  36. Beautiful sentiments and words. Those images - I am always thrilled when I capture such treasure. Wow. Snow shoeing is something I miss from living up North. I am a hiker - we often do that on our trips - I visited Biltmore and enjoyed hiking the grounds more than the touring the house (don't get me wrong, I loved the house) but the surrounding mountains are amazing.

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  37. What a beautiful place and photos. I find something deeply peaceful and inspiring about the wilderness.

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  38. Ahhhh...
    A trip to Shine the Divine is like a trip to
    The Love Spa!
    You are living proof Laura that true love
    Transcends any Hallmark Holiday...
    Loved your Loving 55
    Thank You once again for always blowing in
    like a beautiful breathe of fresh air.
    You are our blessed treasure, have a Kick Ass Week-End

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  39. Love it all, especially your heart shaped tree.

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  40. Gorgeous pictures! And I love the sentiment.

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  41. Beautiful photography and post! Love that sun flare.

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  42. Wonderful series of photographs. Lucky that you met your soul mate.
    JM Illinois
    U.S.A.

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  43. The dark only stands to make the light all the more beautiful? I love your shots, and verse. Hold tight, spring is on its way. Ah, the first buds, and the crocuses... smile if you can... and if you can't, remember that the time for smiling soon returns. I found the 10,000 LUX lights to be helpful, but I would recommend a little research before diving in. Peace.

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  44. So beautiful and so blessed . . .

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  45. Beautiful post. I'm glad you got out snow shoeing! Very cool!

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  46. Wonderful shots. We've had hardly any snow and ice this winter. Nice that you could enjoy it!

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  47. dearest,
    thank you for sharing so intimately your heart of hearts.
    you are a generous so journey on the path of belonging. i am so blessed to walk beside you through your eyes.
    xoxo

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  48. * ჱܓ♥ *
    (¯`•.•´¯)
    .`•.¸.(¯`•.•´¯)
    ჱܓ* `•.¸,,•´♥ ჱܓ♥*“Happy St Valentine’s Day

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  49. what lovely photos and I'd love to go snowshoeing!

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  50. I love the sunbursts. Beaufiul.

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  51. I LOVE the black and white edit. What an amazing shot

    Mollyxxx

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  52. Amazing photos and a tremendous tribute to endless love...

    HAPPY Valentines day Laura...

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  53. beautiful sky and beautiful heart-shaped tree. :)

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  54. ein Ort in dem mein Herz ein Heim hat..schön wenn man es hat
    LG zum Valentinstag vom katerchen

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  55. lovely sentiments and glorious photos!

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  56. Amazing, dear Laura! Much love to you this Valentine’s Day! I hope you have a great Valentine's Day.
    Hugs xoxo, Wieczora (◔‿◔) | Mein Fotoblog

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  57. Thanks for that Laura, and what a terrific set of pics you have posted, I love the star- burst sun.
    All the best Gordon.

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  58. Elles sont toutes superbes,bravo !

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  59. Lovely pictures, all of them! I am inspired. Thank you so much.

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  60. Thank you for words and pictures.
    Evereybody need love.
    Have a wonderful evening.
    Mormor

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  61. Your heart tree is spectacular! Happy Valentines Day...x

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  62. Embrace and enjoy your time together.

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  63. ...and great contribution to the B&W theme too!

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  64. such a lovely range of photos - visiting from Skywatch Friday

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  65. Beautiful photos. What a perfect post for today.

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  66. Beautiful expressions of love and spectacular skies!

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  67. Beautiful images! I love the light in all of these.

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  68. All the images are lovely. I think the sunstars are my favorites this time.

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  69. Beautiful photos, beautiful words and a beautiful experience by beautiful souls. x

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  70. A place that knows your heart! That's home!

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  71. Absolutely spectacular photography. I am so fond of blue and so many of your images are blue. Happy valentines day.

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  72. Yes. Knowing this place of heart... it truly is home. Such beauty shines through your words and photos... I am home when I visit here, for you fill my heart each and every time... much love to you dear Laura!

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  73. Marvelous nature photography!

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  74. Amazing sky shots with stylish editing!

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  75. I can see why your soul loves this place....it is a gorgeous, beautiful peaceful place....I may try and join you for the meditation.

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  76. Gorgeous, gorgeous photos of the sky, Laura!

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  77. Absolutely wonderful pictures! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  78. What gorgeous shots! I love the light coming out of the mountain, through branches... Fabulous to watch.

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  79. What a beautiful post this is, Laura, and your photographs are truly magnificent. I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day.

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  80. There is a deep sense of quietude here--in your pictures and in your verse--amen to that Laura

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  81. Interesting that so many of the images, those beautiful lush images, are captured in blue light... calm, peaceful. By the time Valentine's Day rolls around, I'm a bit sick of blue.

    Hope you fare well as the skies threaten. I feel guilty... Used to live in NYC and feel like I should be experiencing that instead of the brutally cold, but lightly snowing, climes of Madison.

    Thanks for hanging in with me and for the good wishes at my blog. Take care and stay warm, Amy

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  82. Another glorious post, with gorgeous photos! Nicely done Laura, as always! Aloha

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  83. Beautiful serie of photos and a wonderful post!

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  84. Beautiful skies, especially the sun rays. - Margy

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  85. Very beautiful! both your photos and your words. Have a wonderful week.

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  86. Thank you Laura. I read your beautiful post when I linked on Saturday but forgot to come back and comment. I think about the purpose of this meme often ... slowing down to see the beauty.

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  87. What beautiful words to go with your fragile icy photos. Really inspirational. I hope spring is birthed very soon.

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  88. This is a most beautiful post. In every way.

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  89. So beautiful, Laura!!! Your words, your photos and the heart shape tree!!!
    I didn't know that this is a real tree, I thought it was a computer animation... How great that you know where he/she/it is living!

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  90. What glorious photos, dear Laura! ((hugs)) They fill my eyes, every one of them. You are such a precious treasure.

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