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Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

On This Blessed Day


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 6 blessed YEARS!!!!!



On this blessed day I celebrate six years of blogging. Yesterday it snowed again. I was quite content. I had intended to start writing this post and catch up on visiting friends blogs after meditating. I worked with this meditation practice from Rav Yael. After sitting with her questions and reciting the passage from psalms in silence for half an hour the gift of song emerged. Ironically it was a six-hour birthing process. The purple link below is the result, please click it to listen and enjoy a three minute pause in your day: 

I am my prayer to you. 
(Psalm 69:14)
Music Copyright © 2014 Laura Hegfield All rights reserved


While this is not a perfect professional recording, and not the finished arrangement it is still rough AND it is truly a prayer offering recorded on my Mac from my bed-top "studio". This is best listened to with headphones or ear buds if you have them. Close your eyes, feel the prayer that YOU are, simply breathing, being alive. Contemplate all the ways you interact with and bless others with your presence. Often we are not even aware how much a smile, eyes looking into eyes recognizing a person as a person means to them, to us.




After that I was able to write this post. Originally this blog was called "Creativity AS a Spiritual Practice" but the more I blogged the clearer it became that Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice. I had no idea (who does?) how many things would change from that first morning through this one, the adventures through sickness and health my family and friends would endure. Who would continue to live on this earth and who would live in the memories of our hearts. I surely did not, could not have imagined writing 753 posts, or how many people I would meet through this blog, how many hearts and souls would touch mine from all around the world.



I felt a little courageous and started writing one February morning six years ago. I picked up a camera to photograph my journey and fell in love, fall in love more and more with the beauty of Creation every day. I learned how to record podcasts as a teaching tool for meditation when I could no longer go out and teach art and yoga or facilitate SoulCollage workshops in person as I had thought I was going to continue doing back then. (Although I am now able to lead meditation live to a sweet small group in my community). I learned to play with Garageband on my Mac, layering my voice. I've been writing songs since I was twelve, but technology has allowed me to express my creative self in this form more fully than ever. 



Since the morning I wrote that first post I've fallen on the floor many times and needed help to stand up and walk. And I've climbed mountains, metaphoric and granite on the very same legs that some days feel as though they too are made of stone. I've trotted the globe with my voice and back in time to childhood. I still do when I am fatigued due to foreign accent syndrome and dysarthria  special effects gifted by MS. Yet no matter if I'm having a "bed" day or a mobile, energetic one, faith has deepened for me, gratitude has expanded, my ability to discern blessings in unexpected circumstances and places has developed, again, more than I could have possibly imagined six years ago. 



In the majority of moments I recognize that my life is far more full than empty.


buried below snow

shoots are wending their way up

we each find a path




Thank you for following along, for all that you teach me, for your kindness, your patience, your generosity of spirit, your forgiveness (when I don't make it over to your blog to visit or respond to e-mails in a timely fashion). Most of all, thank you for handling my honest, vulnerable heart with compassion in your comments. I am so very grateful, so completely blessed.



Please join us in sharing the love up-close with I Heart Macro Week 40, the linky opens @ 7pm EST Saturday evening through Wednesday evening. 

Shine the Divine


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88 comments:

  1. Happy blogaversary, Amazing One! Such gifts shared, true, true life blessings. And your shining gratitude is a beauty to behold!

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  2. SIX years - that's amazing! Here's wishing you many more happy years so we can enjoy your lovely thoughts and photos.

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  3. Wow, happy blogiversary to you! Thank you for sharing this beauty, here's to many more years blogging!

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  4. Beautiful music, photos, and words that touch my heart this morning. Thank you, Laura, for being who you are and sharing so graciously your gifts with us. Your light is a beacon for me this day ~

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  5. Happy Blogiversary Laura! It's always a pleasure to read your blog, and view your photos!

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  6. Thank you, Laura, for gifting us with your beautiful vision over the years-your spectacular photos of nature, your spiritual thoughts that so resonate, your courage and inspiration to the rest of us - this blog is a gift to us all.

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  7. Congratulations Laura on your six years. I'm so glad to have found you, your blog so full of spirit and nurturing thoughts. Thank you for your sincerity, your sharing, your inspiration.

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  8. A very, very Happy Blogiversary to you, Laura.
    I am so glad to have met you here. xo.

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  9. Happy Blog Anniversary, I really must check when mine is, I have no idea. :)

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  10. Happy bloggiversary Laura. Inspiring readers for 6 years :)

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  11. Beautiful photos, I like ice falling from the roof!

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  12. Vilka läckra istappar. det har jag inte sett mycket av i vinter.
    Ha en fin morgondag
    Meta

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  13. Everything...it's a perfect creation indeed!!! And you captured it with a flair of beauty!!

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  14. Great colours in these skies

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  15. Thanks for the beautiful images, and Happy 6th Blogiversary!!!

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  16. Magnificent sky shots and icicles for SWF ~ thanks, xxx

    artmusedog and carol
    www.acreativeharbor.com

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  17. You teach us all of that and so much more!! Congrats on six years and to your dedication to this amazing place!! Your images are magnificent and what a find on the heart!!

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  18. This post was awesome. Happy anniversary.

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  19. Happy anniversary, and beautiful photography!!

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  20. Beaucoup de sérénité dans ce post! Merci pour ce joli partage!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Cath.

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  21. traumhaft..Eiszapfen mit so wundervollem Himmel im Hintergrund :D
    LG vom katerchen

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  22. Congratulations on your special anniversary. There has been so many wonderful learnings from the posts you have shared. Thank you.

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  23. Happy 6th anniversary. I have only recently found your blog...within the last 6 months or so...but I look forward to many more years of meeting with you here. Your blog is always such a lovely place to visit.

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  24. Wonderful shots! All these beautiful colors! Gorgeous!

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  25. First of all, a Very Happy Birthday to your Blog :-). I hope you two will enjoy a great, fabulous day :-). Absolutely lovely, gorgeous pictures. Unfortunately, I don't have a macro lens to participate in macro photography. Come summer, I will rent and will take more such pictures. Secondly, this post was a very moving and touching one as I am also into meditation, spirituality, trying to find answers to mysteries in lives but I don't believe in any religion or in any particular God/Goddess or those concepts. But, somehow I feel that perhaps we are part of a bigger consciousness -- what that is, I am yet to fathom. Hmmm...my feelings and ideas are very difficult to express in writing. But, please do keep on posting such wonderful pictures and writing such wonderful posts. Have a great day -- KL :-)

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  26. That's awesome, Laura...congrats! And, those icicles are ahhh-mazing!

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  27. dear laura, happy blogiversary! 6 years of blogging- that is truly awesome!
    lovely snow photos, too!

    happy friday~

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  28. Shalom Laura! It must have been a special week back then in 2008 that you and I both decided to start blogging. I remember praying before I hit the "publish" button for the first time, asking God to give me nice things to show about Israel and to bless the future readers that I would slowly get to know.
    Your blog is so full of spirit and creation and love. May you have many such thoughts to share for many years to come.

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  29. i am not sure how i got here - do you ever do that - have a bloggy run & end up on a blog that makes you happy. i love your blog. so glad i got here on a special day for you. Congrats on 6 years! that is too fun. happy happy day to you!! enjoy!! may you have many more happy bloggy years. gorgeous icicles. one reason why i enjoy winter. we had snow but now icicles this year. big big hugs. happy weekend!!!! ( :

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  30. dear laura,
    thank you for greeting each morning with a loving heart. for extending yourself beyond all life's challenges with inspiration and courage.for including the world every step of the way.
    xo

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  31. Happy Blogiversary - six years is a long time for a blog. And lots of gorgeous photos for this post!

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  32. {{ oh happy day !!
    isn't life grand
    Here
    on the net
    where
    we can discover each other !! }}

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  33. Congratulations Laura on your six years.
    Beautiful photos!

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  34. Dearest Laura. I will have to come back and read your blog more fully, as I do not want to hurry this space in my heart and body that is moved to tears from your prayer offering of song... You are such a gift to us, in so many ways. I am so grateful to visit here and receive your beautiful images and words. Thank you for making that courageous step six years ago. Thank you for this prayer of you. With all my love to you!

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  35. The icicles are amazing. All great shots.

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  36. happy 6 years and many more to come! love the skies and the icicles, too.

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  37. Happy Anniversary Laura, what a marvelous thing to be on the net for six years. Your photos are always a joy to see and these are incredible!

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  38. Happy celebration, and thank you for all your wonderful pictures!

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  39. Isn't it just the most wonderful thing how we can reach out and touch each other in a way that wasn't possible as little as ten years ago.

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  40. Congratulations and wow, these are such beautiful winter moments!

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  41. WOW!!! 6 years.. a very long time!

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  42. ❧✿❧happy blog anniversary❧✿❧

    much love...

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  43. A very happy blog anniversary and keep on running.

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  44. i! Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy blogging anniversary!

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  45. Your pictures are simply fabulous... I specially enjoy the two pics with the icecicles in diagonal... A nice participation this week again !

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  46. Happy Anniversary Laura :) So beautiful and great photos!

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  47. May you always be blessed, Laura.
    Six years passes so quickly.
    Happy Blog Anniversary to you.

    I wish you good health, peace and joy, always

    Margie

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  48. and contentment is all in the end..

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  49. Happy Happy blogaversary...
    I feel so very blessed to have wondered over here and isn't that just the way...a chance encounter. Shared beliefs and creativity and energy. How I love these blog communities.
    I may not visit them as often as times past but know that when I am able to come visiting I take away so very much.
    x..x

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  50. Happy anniversary, Laura! The capture of the icile is beautiful.

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  51. Great to have an anniversary like this! Have a happy once - and I love your capture!

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  52. Great photos! Have a nice weekend!

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  53. Great photos! Have a nice weekend!

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  54. Congratulations on 6 years. I don't ever think about my blog anniversary.

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  55. Happy Blogiversary! That is a wonderful achievement

    Mollyxxx

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  56. Absolutely stunning winter sights. Best wishes on your accomplishment and great words of wisdom.

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  57. Beautiful b & w of snow. The icicle shots aren't bad either.

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  58. I'm glad that paths appear in unexpected places...even pushing through the snow!

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  59. Happy Blogiversary, cha, cha, cha. Lovely words.
    JM Illinois

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  60. Congrats, Laura. What a great achievement. Thanks for always inspiring with your words and photos.
    Visit u back here.

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  61. Six years - well done - I'm off to check when I dod my first post - September 2009 - wow!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  62. Thank you for you visit my blog and I see many nice pictures here so I coming back :)
    Have a nice day!
    Anna

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  63. Happy Bloggerversary! As much as I enjoyed the images, it was your singing of the prayer that really got to me. I thought that was so beautiful, thoughtful, and resonated with me on a deep level.

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  64. Wonderful serie of photos! And happy anniversary,too!

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  65. Happy Bloggeraversary - that's quite an accomplishment!

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  66. Your word and images remind us of how much we have to be grateful for, thank you.

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  67. your photos are really awesome...I wish you Happy blogiversary...I hope you enjoyed it...Keep up please

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  68. happy anniversary, Laura! you are an inspiration to me because of your spirituality and your gift of writing.

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  69. Happy Blogiversary (they roll around quickly, don't they?!) I love your beautiful icicle photos, especially that last one! Wow, what a rainbow-hued backdrop! And the snow heart was a delightful capture. Here's to another (happy) year of blogging! :-)

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  70. What a lovely voice you have!!! Your song is very serene...a perfect meditation...

    Whenever I visit your site, I feel a serenity and peace emanate and touch my heart...you are a lovely person...God's Blessings to you...

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  71. Your song is so beautiful, an incredible worship experience hearing the interweaving of the voices. It reminds me of listening to a really good pipe organ, and waves of the sounds interacting. Tefilati the Israeli folk dance and the song are among my favorites. Thanks for all the inspiring posts and thoughts. Part of being a gardener for me is being out in nature and worshiping the Creator through the things He made.

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  72. Six years of blogging is a long time in this media. Lovely photos to match your words too.

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  73. Congratulations! Six years of dedication - wow.

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  74. Happy Blogiversary! May you enjoy very many more.

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  75. You've been through a lot and you've shared so much beauty and wisdom through your blog. Happy anniversary! Thanks for visiting mine, too.

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  76. Congratulations on six years of blogging! Thank you for coming by sharing your creative photography on the Weekly Top Shot, #123!

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  77. Happy anniversary! May your really impressive blog shine for us for many more years! Your awesome photos make me feel good :-)
    Karin
    vonKarin.blog.de

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  78. Oh congratulations, Laura. Six years of wonderful you. How lucky the blogosphere became on that date. You have brought so much beauty to my day.. so very often. And I thank you for that.

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  79. Such beautiful images and your song is just wonderful. So THANK YOU Laura for being the inspirational you.

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