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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Saturday, November 5, 2016

Hakarat Hatov Recognizing the Good Nov 5 2016


Throughout the month of November, I will post a photo (or perhaps 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 participate anytime during the week as usual.

I look forward to receiving your written patches of thanks for this year's 8th Annual GratitudeQuiltSend me an email and I will add it to the quilt: 
What are you grateful for in THIS moment?

Friday, November 4, 2016

Hakarat Hatov Recognizing the Good November 4 2016



Throughout the month of November, I will post a photo (or perhaps 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 participate anytime during the week as usual.

I look forward to receiving your written patches of thanks for this year's 8th Annual GratitudeQuiltSend me an email and I will add it to the quilt: 
What are you grateful for in THIS moment?

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Hakarat Hatov Recognizing the Good November 3 2016


Today, remaining leaves reveal inner light through a misty shroud of low clouds and gentle rain.

                          
Throughout the month of November, I will post a photo (or perhaps 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 participate anytime during the week as usual.

I look forward to receiving your written patches of thanks for this year's 8th Annual GratitudeQuiltSend me an email: What are you grateful for in THIS moment?

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Hakarat Hatov Recognizing the Good Nov 2, 2016


As the Hebrew month of Cheshvan begins, a month in which there are no big communal celebrations, just like nature around us here in the northern hemisphere, we too curl inward, attending to the tasks of living and dying, the wonder of simply being present to the blessing of an ordinary moment, recognizing the good. 

Yesterday afternoon I sat with a patient who was actively dying. Honored and awed by the wonder of simply being present at a completely sacred yet simultaneously ordinary passage of time. I attended to the tasks of living and dying, by recognizing the good, bearing witness to her delicately featured 91-year-old face, while her shrunken body curled inward.

                       
Throughout the month of November, I will post a photo (or perhaps 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 participate anytime during the week as usual.

I look forward to receiving your written patches of thanks for this year's 8th Annual GratitudeQuiltSend me an email: What are you grateful for in THIS moment?

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Hakarat Hatov Recognizing the Good Nov 1 2016



Throughout the month of November, I will post a photo (or perhaps 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 participate anytime during the week as usual.

I look forward to receiving your written patches of thanks for this year's 8th Annual GratitudeQuilt! Send me an email: What are you grateful for in THIS moment?


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Empty Bowls I Heart Macro 133


there are more
empty bowls and swollen bellies
than a comfortable body can fathom
the inequities of food and clean water
boggle the mind sink a compassionate heart
like stone in an endless sea of tears
to give a little is never enough
still it is something




At this time in world history, the need for food and clean water is growing every day. Please click here to make a small donation to my team for this year's CROP Hunger Walk, our interfaith community effort to end hunger one step at a time. And while you won't see my name individually listed, I just came home and I did walk the walk, and sang with our all new interfaith community choir. The clouds waited to open up and rain until I was almost home in my driveway. While the walk is complete donations are still most welcome. Thank you to everyone who already made generous offerings!


It has been a long time since last I blogged or posted an I Heart Macro meme, but it is always possible to begin again. I hope you will join me!



                       
Welcome to Week 133
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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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:


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. 

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Half Way Thru Elul


We walked a short distance along the shore of Lake Erie; a stone, tumbled and broken, edges worn smooth by the tides of time to reveal a heart; symbolic essence of all that is. Beginning to end we return to love, full moon center of Elul awakens us with her brilliant light on our journey tonight, return to love, return to love.




Gordon and I were visiting with his family in northeast Ohio, and meandered our way back home yesterday. Each night while away, I witnessed the moon growing rounder, but have no pictures of her to share. So look up tonight and see her for yourself in all her radiant glory. The photo above was taken with my iPhone, not the best quality, but not bad either.