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 7, 2014

Hakarat Hatov Nov 7 2014

red means stop I did
eyes hungrily photographed
these sunlit beauties

glowing ripe berries
for fur and feathered friends feast
nature's provisions

not enough to eat
clean water to drink or wash
human suffering

While my family is blessed to have plenty, my heart breaks for those who do not. I'm glad I can help in small ways through donations to aid organizations. The inequities create an illusory wall of separation, us and them. There is only US. We are ONE, brothers and sisters sown from the same seed of love. As a world with so much intelligence and wealth we need to figure out how to reach everyone, heal our planet, we can do better, we must.

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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. I too take pause in front of this red, knowing it is a sign of abundance. Are these edible ones edible by birds and beasts?

  2. Always this disparity in our world: Some have too much, others not enough...

    Centuries of Drought

  3. Magnificent photography and love your haiku ~ both ~

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  4. Stunning words and photographs. Sunlit beauties indeed.

  5. Breathtaking macro shots my friend; just gorgeous! ♥

    Just Fluttering Around

  6. That first shot has a fantastic reflection. Love the berries. Have a wonderful weekend.

  7. the clarity and color is compelling.
    the words are arresting.

    you remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. I like the way you took those pictures of berries, specially the first one, with the drop of water. It is so symbolic of the atmosphere of the season, with the cold coming, and the sun fighting to turn the night in dew... I can almost feel the fragance of the Earth in the air you respired that day.

  9. These berries are so luscious! The light... it glows with such vibrant color. I can imagine them popping in my mouth... thank you Laura for this taste of beauty and for all you offer here for us to feast upon! XO

  10. I love the berry holding on to the water.

  11. Your posts are always uplifting and inspiring, Laura. I share your pain for the suffering of the many on this planet. Bless you for doing what you can. And for all of the inspiration you offer here on your blog.

  12. yes, yes, we are one! and we must continue to move towards each other with open hearts and arms.
    thank you for including us in your gratitude, your heart is brighter than the stars. xo

  13. Gorgeous macros. Like you always do ;)
    Fall has more for macro photographer to offer than you'd think!

  14. Nature is such a fabulous provider.

  15. Dear Laura,
    great shots of those berries and wise thoughts, too. I am looking forward to a photo by you every day in November...
    Yours Sarah


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