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.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

I Heart Macro 92






sunlit morning snow
extravagant depths and yet
winter's flowers bloom







Glitterati dust descends
from the highest forest echelons.
I a humble being witness
this majesty from a simple perch,
my bedroom window;
the cheap seats are often best,
don’t you think?

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Thank you everyone for your generous kind comments on last week's 7th Blogiversary post. My head bows toward my heart in gratitude.



Welcome to Week Ninety-Two
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.



Shine the Divine


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Sunday, February 15, 2015

I Heart Macro 91: 7th Blogiversary!!!





Seven years ago, on February 20th, 2008 I sat down at my computer typed in a title “Blessings” and began to write:


“It's a brilliant New Hampshire morning. A blanket of snow and patches of sunlight outside my window, my dog is cuddled up on the couch and the two of us are warmed by the ever-humming pellet stove. Somehow, in NH the shortest month of the year (February) seems unending. Beautiful yes, but up here in the north spring is still at least 3 months away...”





I of course had NO idea on that quiet morning how much life as I knew it was about to change when chronic illness barged through the door, didn’t bother to knock) and became a constant companion to our family. The blessings, the blossoming awareness of blessings through every storm, the development of patience, the practice of patience through the waiting, and waiting and waiting taught me to stop waiting, to seize the day no matter how stormy or clear the weather inside or out. And that is easier or harder depending on many factors, and yet somehow like a cat I/we all land on our feet, so to speak, and step by gentle step, here we are seven years later, stronger and more filled with faith than we ever could have imagined.


Back to front,
leafing randomly through the pages of memory,
they are seldom viewed in an orderly fashion.
We arrive here.
All the chaos comes into alignment.
Light emerges from the darkest chapters.
Time visibly shrinks wounds, heals them, while
mysteriously expanding every small blessing
hidden in the midst of the inevitable passing tempests.
Perspective opens the heart.
Gratitude, a spring river rushes ardently to
the nexus of now.
Take a deep satisfying drink,
both hands plunging into these mixed metaphor waters-
This is your life,

back to front.

Another snow storm will begin this Saturday through Sunday. It is possible this one will take out the electricity/internet with the high winds predicted. My husband purchased one of the last milk cartons at the store. That tells you something, we do live in NH where harsh winters are pretty typical after all  I'm setting this up to post automatically, just in case. I will try to visit as soon as I can if that happens.



spring’s song on the tips
of the tongues of each branch--and
it’s snowing again
Welcome to Week Ninety-One
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.
Shine the Divine


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Sunday, February 8, 2015

I Heart Macro 90





momentarily
a brightly robed pilgrim paused
she was her own prayer





Oh the comforting weight of these snow laden days. Often I sit by the window, watch the motion of falling. Falling, falling, it becomes a visual mantra, holding my attention fairly steady for quite a while; perhaps not as long as I imagine, still, a taste of timelessness. And I listen to the wild wind through the trees and the ice crystals strangely dry as desert sands from the arctic air. They skitter and scratch as they cross our roof. A single leaf visits momentarily then vanishes.

Other days I brave the cold venture out layered for warmth, puffed up like those fat robins in our back yard filling their bellies with red berries that hang just over the fence. Well, perhaps I resemble an overstuffed couch more than downy birds. I am certainly not as light on my feet. It is a marvel how they dance delicately branch-to-branch appearing so unwieldy in their winter garb.

I must be an ungainly sight to those passing in cars as I tramp down a main road off our street that adjoins the village to nearby towns. I make my way to the opening of a small wooded sanctuary I enjoy. Plodding down a hill toward the creek, crossing over the icy trickle, flurries cling briefly to my eyelashes.

Slightly thicker limbs, nearly black against the slate sky invite me to investigate. They stretch out above the endless white blanket on the ground, as yet untarnished by my clunky boots. Only the hieroglyphs of small animals have left their temporary marks ahead, disappearing even as I approach, the snow falling, falling, falling.

I stop. Stand still exhaling life vapor, blinking wide-eyed at the magic; this multitude of impossibly beautiful distinctions revealed within the unity of being. A peaceful sigh aligned with the grace of these precious ordinary moments. Grateful for these weeks of winter storms and the soft dreamy spell they’ve cast across the landscape, outside and in, on this seasonal journey.

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Yes another snow storm has begun, feathery flakes so far, they will increase through the night and all day tomorrow at least. Who knows, perhaps another 12"s or so? 


Welcome to Week Ninety
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.

Shine the Divine 

Please link back to my blog either by copying and pasting the button provided above on your post, or by linking the words "I Heart Macro" back to my blog with this link: shinethedivinecreativityisaspiritualpractice.com

By sharing the link, visitors to your blog will learn about this meme and have a chance to participate as well if they so choose. 

Visit each other...

S  p  r  e  a  d  the  LOVE. Thanks :-)
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The I Heart Macro Linky opens tonight, 
Sunday evening at 8pm EST
and remains open for you to share your close-up images all week long!