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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.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hakarat Hatov Nov 20 2014

On this cold November morning, I'm remembering my Aunt Bella (BeBe) how I held her the night before she died so many years ago, sang her a lullaby through her labored breathing, loved and kissed her the way she did me from the moment I was born. Purple was her favorite color. I'm so thankful for my ancestors, grandparents, aunts, uncles mostly gone, a few (thank God) still here, and of course for my wonderful parents, they have all taught me about kindness.

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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. Oh wow - how gorgeous!

  2. What a lovely passing your aunt had, held in your arms and sung to in her final hours........your photos today are especially beautiful, love the purple hues. Glorious!

  3. Laura Dear...
    You are such a gift to us all.
    I have actually posted something today!!
    I gave a Shout-Out to your Quilt, I hope people visit and contribute...G

  4. Wonderful shots, Laura.
    I agree, this post is a wonderful remembrance.

  5. Wonderful! And great colours!

  6. Absolutely beautiful photographs Laura, I particularly like the first one. And blessed Bebe, how lucky you both were to have each other and to know such love,

  7. ♥ Love the fourth photo; beautifully shot!


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