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, April 12, 2014

I Heart Macro Week 48












The last thin sheets of ice coating the bog clearly reveal life ready to break through, as this landscape that is not “land” renews. Cautiously proceeding forward cracking shards apart, rubber boots wade along slippery boards just below the surface of frigid water, high from snow melt and spring rains. My figure casts a shadow into the light along this freedom path, heart softens, fresh breath inhaled, a new day begins.


Chag Pesach Sameach
Happy Passover

To learn more about the Jewish Holiday of Passover/Pesach, which begins Monday evening at sunset, explore these blog posts:


Welcome to Week Forty-Eight of
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!



Shine the Divine


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.

Please link back to my blog either using the button provided 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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Saturday, April 5, 2014

I Heart Macro Week 47


iced buds held captive
habits can freeze us this way
what will set you free?









On Monday, March left our trees, bushes and last year’s tired grasses laced with ice, buds frozen, rivers running high and fast. The sun darted in and out of clouds with variable winds, mild to wild throughout this first week of April, islands of snow are shrinking away, leaving clear cold knee-deep ponds in the woods. Meanwhile sleeping beauties are showing signs of waking up slow.






Getting ready for Pesach (Passover) is much like cleaning out, repairing and refreshing a nest. This is what I am thinking as birds sing their love songs, busily preparing their homes. Hours of rain have done much washing outdoors, while indoors my hands and body are tired from sweeping, vacuuming, washing, washing, washing, rinsing away crumbs and sticky spots that have accumulated in unexpected places over the past year. As I clear away the physical gunk, I feel release and relief. My inner home is becoming lighter and clearer as well; simple repetitive tasks done mindfully have a way of expanding heart and mind space. Still, there is always so much more work to be done. It is good to have the bird chorus as company rather than a radio when the vacuum is turned off.

Welcome to Week Forty-Seven of
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!


Shine the Divine

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.

Please link back to my blog either using the button provided 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. 


Due to preparations for Passover and other things in my life that need attention, I will leave the I Heart Macro link open all week, with a new post next Saturday evening as usual. Again, I apologize for not being a very good blog neighbor and visiting you in return. I'm so grateful when you leave comments and I feel happy knowing that you

S  p  r  e  a  d  the  LOVE 
 and visit each other:-)

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

I Heart Macro Week 46





death and rebirth
painful messy necessities
squeezed through narrow openings
pushing out of a sphere a womb a tomb
a pocket of habit that no longer nourishes
fits nor protects even the air has grown stale
insight dimmed by cataracts of complacency
 now exhale one last blast of dying breath to
shatter the frail shell of your broken home
inhale and discover a soft forming yolk
sticky wet winged transformation
painful messy necessities
death and rebirth


I awoke to the clatter of ice pellets on the roof this morning and the soft moan of rain accompanying it. The wind is starting to kick up. Our back yard is mostly an island of snow with scattered muddy slush ponds on the edges and occasionally breaking through the field of white. Our house is on a hill, neighboring yards are mostly muck with matted grasses. It is a gloomy Monday. This week's I Heart Macro includes photos of what I believe is an insect home clinging to a branch and a poem about death and rebirth… appropriate for "spring" and every moment of our lives as we are continuously dying to one thing and being born into something new.
Welcome to Week Forty-Six of
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!

I think this is some kind of insect house.


Shine the Divine

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.

Please link back to my blog either using the button provided 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. 

apologize again for not stopping by to view your posts last week. Life is much bigger than blogging, I do my best, and greatly appreciate all of your beautiful offerings, even if I don't drop in and say hello, please...

Visit each other...
S  p  r  e  a  d  the  LOVE. Thanks :-)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Time Evaporates




shape shifting vapor
photographic memories
time evaporates

our girls long ago
I deeply appreciate all the kind birthday wishes and blessings this past week and the amazing macro photos shared. I've not been online much; life at home has been full. Please forgive me for not visiting and thanking you via email or on blogs.


Shine the Divine

The linky opens @ 8pm EST Saturday evening and remains so through Wednesday evening. 




Thank you dear Hilary for honoring me with a POTW 
for my post Faith Whispers

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