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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.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Hakarat Hatov: Nov. 2, 2014

a fallen gaillardia
still a wee blossom becoming
found a gentle resting place
upon waiting soil

perhaps the seeds will loosen
sow themselves into leaves
softening into earth
when snow’s blanket arrives

a second chance to grow
reach fullness next season

what a gift
to witness


linking to: 
poetry pantry

today's flowers

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 participate 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. beautiful flower that gives happiness to one and all.

  2. "a second chance to grow
    reach fullness next season" this vibrant hope..

  3. Absolutely beauty in all I can see far and wide of gods beautiful creations. ♥

  4. Oh, how beautifully you captured the essence of potential, Laura!

  5. death to life and all its cycles...
    what goes to ground now
    will be next years harvest....

  6. Heisann, quite interesting flower....beautiful in its own way ;:OD)

  7. Oh, I linked to last week´s Macro!!! One more chance...

  8. Such a beautiful little growing thing, so hopeful. I hope it flourishes come spring.

  9. I agree, Laura. Even the tiniest bit of nature is a reason to feel grateful.

  10. it´s a beautiful plant whatever it is. :)

  11. A lovely thought of a second chance to blossom after the winter's sleeping snow...

  12. Hopefully there will be rebirth next spring!

  13. Imagine the potential of the seeds ~ I love this ~

  14. Yes, the chance for a second chance would be great.

  15. Potential for renewal....beautiful.

  16. ah yes, let us look to the mystery of blossoming

    have a good week, i'm happy you dropped in at my Sunday Lime

    much love...

  17. Beautiful and filled with potential!

  18. Lovely poem Laura. Nice that you're planning to post daily in Novemeber. It's so good to focus on gratitude. Though it's something I acknowledge, I think sometimes I forget to be more aware of my reasons to be grateful.

  19. Rebirth, fragile life, still blossoming. Love the photo and your words marry it well...


  20. What a good sentiment! This is a lovely post. I really enjoyed reading your poem.

  21. A seed cannot grow unless it first falls to the earth and seems to die. But life springs forth!


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