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.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Hakarat Hatov Nov 5 2014

seeing through the eyes of the heart one notices edges pattern color shadow light in something so small and otherwise insignificant that life itself is suspended with the breath stunned into stillness

ordinary reinterpreted as extraordinary simple revalued in its true complexity holiness hidden is revealed in an

and then an errant thought arises and everything changes and the moment
would be gone but for the residue of this chance

honey tipped lashes illuminate the eyes of the heart so that seeing is sweeter  blessings visible where they had not been


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. You take notice of the sweetest small graces. Love and light to you, Beautiful Heart !

  2. nice....I will start thinking of what I want to include this year....
    have a lovely week!

  3. stunned into stillness.. you have an eye for the beauty along the way...thanks for helping me see..

  4. Beautiful... the photo & thoughts. Yes... the little things.... (& big hugs). Will be stitching my bit of quilt very soon... love to you & yours xoxoxox

  5. Indeed.. the light gives a radiance to the withered leave.. almost like a new life.

  6. I like the way you encourage us to feel grateful for what we have throughout November, a hard month as far as I am concerned as the days get long and dark and the tress have lost most of their leaves.

  7. So important, to see with the eyes of the heart. You write of it beautifully.

  8. Thank you for sharing

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    =^..^= . <3 . >< } } (°>

  9. Beautiful...I may have overlooked that spent leaf..I will do your quilt.... hugs...Michelle

  10. ...and that special spark, glance of the extraordinary, may be there just for that 1 second you see it, before it camouflages itself back to nature. You find those special moments in your photography!


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