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.

I have been so blessed to have Alicia Brown as one of my physical therapists. Her compassion, deep listening, knowledge and skills are aiding my body to heal. Three weeks ago her family’s life turned upside down when her husband Chris was diagnosed with leukemia. They found out yesterday that he will need a bone marrow transplant later this summer and will be out of work for a very long time after that. This loving family of four (they have two sweet little girls) could really use our financial support at this time. When I asked Alicia if I could add a link to their Go Fund Me page on my blog, being a person of humility, she replied, “No, you don’t need to do that.” I responded, “I don’t need to, but I want to. There are few things I can do in the world to assist others, because of my own illness. Please let me do this small thing and ask others to join in, give us a chance to do something good. This is why we are here on earth, to help one another.” She cried in appreciation and agreed to allow me to share their story and post this. That said, I hope like me you will open your hearts and pockets, click the link below, read more about her family and offer a donation.

Chris And Alicia Brown's Fund

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

I Heart Macro 110




Every wild creature,
grass and flower that blooms is
alive with purpose.

As years and days pass it seems
I’m here to witness
with a wide-eyed grateful heart,

this tapestry of being.








It has been a full week for my whole family, lows and highs, worries, sighs, laughter and always, thankfulness. How wondrous it is to be alive.



                     
Welcome to Week 110
I Heart Macro



"Pure awareness transcends thinking... It allows you to look at the world once again with open eyes. And when you do so, a sense of wonder and quiet contentment begins to reappear in your life."~Mark Williams and Danny Pennman, from Mindfulness An Eight-Week Plan For Finding Peace In A Frantic World

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

I Heart Macro 109


As we approach Independence Day here in the United States following a week of mourning for the lives of good people taken by a cowardly act of terror in Charleston and a giant step forward (in my opinion) for equality, agreeing to disagree, because we are a democracy, I choose to celebrate our freedom to love whomever we love, uphold the beauty and sanctity of marriage by saying no to fear and hate, bridging the artificial color divide with a rainbow of earth’s stars connecting us all, human to human, one nation among many sharing this diverse extraordinary planet under the same vast sky.




I believe in kindness, I believe in respect, I believe in God, I believe in the healing power of love to create a better world for all beings.










                      
Welcome to Week 109
I Heart Macro
"Pure awareness transcends thinking... It allows you to look at the world once again with open eyes. And when you do so, a sense of wonder and quiet contentment begins to reappear in your life."~Mark Williams and Danny Pennman, from Mindfulness An Eight-Week Plan For Finding Peace In A Frantic World

It is time for YOU to share the love up-close with YOUR
I Heart Macro offerings!





"Pure awareness transcends thinking... It allows you to look at the world once again with open eyes. And when you do so, a sense of wonder and quiet contentment begins to reappear in your life."~Mark Williams and Danny Pennman, from Mindfulness An Eight-Week Plan For Finding Peace In A Frantic World

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

I Heart Macro 108








Down by the beaver pond, dragonflies frenetically dive-bombed each other, battling for attention, or perhaps the right stick, or stump to claim and land upon briefly.

Such motion, commotion, buzzing and clicking, while you and I sat still, amicable witnesses, enjoying the warmth and sparkle of sun on our backs.

Silent as water lilies tethered below the surface, all of us breathing together as one.


Soaking up the sun
Silent as water lilies
Breathing together





Welcome to Week 108
I Heart Macro
"Pure awareness transcends thinking... It allows you to look at the world once again with open eyes. And when you do so, a sense of wonder and quiet contentment begins to reappear in your life."~Mark Williams and Danny Pennman, from Mindfulness An Eight-Week Plan For Finding Peace In A Frantic World

It is time for YOU to share the love up-close with YOUR
I Heart Macro offerings!


Enjoy slowing down with your camera, paying full attention, observing beauty and curiosities many people pass right by. Your generosity of spirit and keen eyes may open the door to miniscule miracles and mirth others would not have access to otherwise. Feel free to include poetry, prose and thoughts your macro photo or series inspire(s) in you. Writing is completely optional for participation. Straight out of the camera (SOC), edited, color, black and white, anything goes as long as you bring the viewer near to whatever it is that drew your heart's attention and "woke you up" to full presence.
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