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.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Hakarat Hatov Nov 10, 2014

ordinary leaf 
bronzed by dwindling autumn light
i pause to witness

glittering whilst withering
exquisite transformation

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Throughout the month of November, I will be posting a photo (or maybe a few) each day of something that invited me to pause and lifted up gratitude, joy, perhaps a quiver of awe in my heart the moment I stopped to be present and really see. By reviewing the image/images to share with you, the experience is engraved deeper in my consciousness, strengthening a reserve of gratitude and goodness to savor and draw upon when gloomy weather outside echoes inside, or vice versa. For me this is a devotional photographic journey for developing the soul quality of Hakarat Hatov, recognizing the good, a Jewish spiritual practice for cultivating gratitude. I may add writing some days, I may not; I’ll trust my inner compass to guide me.

I will include a link back to each Sunday’s I Heart Macro post so you can share the love up-close anytime during the week as usual.

I look forward to receiving your written patches of thanks for this year's 
6th Annual Gratitude Quilt!
Everyone, including YOU is invited to participate.

(Instructions for how to participate can be found at the top of this blog.)


  1. There is beauty even in the withering of the leaf. Your image has so many connotations.

  2. Glittering while whithering - wish we could all live that way.

    I'll be writing a patch for the quilt soon Laura. Thanks for hosting such a worthwhile project.

  3. Great picture. You captured the leaf's transformation well, both in the photo and in the poem.

  4. Exquisite sums it up perfectly!

  5. A beautiful bronzed leaf!

  6. Beautiful words and photo. You've taken me outside of the box when it comes to looking at dying leaves. Thank you.

  7. finely wrought, Laura ~


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