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.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Hakarat Hatov: Nov 6, 2014

october's bright hues
opened space for november's
rare blue sky moments

grateful for clear joy
and subtle grey flannel days 
for softer seeing

This morning the sky is filled with gray, wool-flannel blanket of clouds laden with rain, also a blessing. The flames of forest foliage have not yet burned out. When all that is left are the bones of trees and a few clinging leaves, there will be new discoveries to lift up thanks. But this is today, not yesterday or tomorrow. And this moment is good.

linking to
skywatch friday
guest heart thursday
share the joy thursday

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.)

What are you grateful for in this moment? Leave a comment and with your permission I will add it to the Gratitude Quilt.


  1. What beautiful shots of nature's majesty! Thanks, Laura.

  2. I love that brilliant contrast between red and blue. And a foggy day always appeals to me with mystery. Another lovely set of photos, Laura.

  3. Wow, you have excelled yourself Laura with this post!

  4. Beautiful images of autumn colors and a wonderful light in the images.

  5. I'm sitting here after reading your poems, looking at your spectacular photos, and I'm gazing at my Daisy. She's sound asleep, tongue hanging from the side, her white hair more visible today than yesterday. She's getting old. I love her so much. I'm grateful for her gentle spirit that spills into mine. I'm grateful that the vet said the lumps on her body are not cancer again. I'm grateful that although it'll be more costly than I'd like, I can pay for the surgery she needs. I'm grateful she chose me as her companion and wags her stubby tail when she sees me. And I think she really SEES me.

  6. It's a changeable time of year like our spring. Beautiful autumn tones in your pics. :)

  7. Amazing contrast in your sky shots... from deep blue to foggy gray! Nice fall colors, too!

  8. Wow - breath-taking shots!

  9. What a marvelous pictures with great writing, Laura♡♡♡ Sure is a treasure to read for me♪  
    PS> first apple picking was great experience, thank you very much for stopping by.
    I'm away from PC for more than a week, hope to see you soon, my friend.
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

  10. Wonderful shots of the clear blue sky in combination with the great autumn colours, but I like the misty shots as well.
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

  11. I love how you shoot up at the sky from "way down low."

    Big Blue Desert Sky

  12. Beautiful autumn weather shots just LOVE the soft colors! ♥

    Just Fluttering Around


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