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.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Hakarat Hatov Nov 21 2014

pause to reflect on
shells no longer occupied
feathers left behind

a ponderous morning
as new stories cross the mind
vestiges float past

challenges arise
sinking seems much easier
yet life must be lived

dive down-resurface
fear's an ephemeral wave
breathe the cold clean air

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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. Wonderful shots! The top one is amazing!

  2. amazing beauty in that snail

  3. love the tiny droplets on the feather!

  4. Beautiful images and a touching post Laura. May your inner light shine bright and free as always.

  5. Really nice Laura. Especially "pausing to reflect".

  6. Beautiful macro shots they're absolutely beautiful. =0)

    Floral Friday

  7. Wonderful photos! Have a nice weekend ,dear Laura!

  8. Love the water droplets on the feathers. Have a great weekend.

  9. The no-longer-occupied things are some of my favorite for pondering...

  10. I'm very fond of the first picture : I like how the reflection follows the water inside the shell. The feather is such a nice subject for a successfull macro... Perfect fit for the poem indeed.

  11. I am a gatherer of such gifts from nature. The first image is fascinating!

  12. Thank you dear Laura for these images of gratitude and beauty. All things let go of... it is hard for me sometimes... but how grateful I am to take a moment and see the beauty you share in work, image and spirit. May these crisp mornings of refreshed air fill and replenish you... xo

  13. Amazing shots...excellent macro...Have a beautiful weekend...

  14. Lovely photos! The feather is exquisite.

  15. WoW ... what beautiful picture. I love it.
    Warm regards from

  16. Absolutely gorgeous series of macros! My favorite is the last one!

  17. Thank you for the light you shine, as you choose to rise, and rise again. Sending you much love on this day.


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