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, August 23, 2015

I Heart Macro 114











Razors of reason
Or no reason snap judgments
Stories in my mind

These edges I hide
Contemplate my softer side
Continue onward

Pale pinks and purples
Dot the edges of the road
I pause to notice

Seeing my own heart
Hidden between rough boulders
Daring to open

Leaning into love
This is where truth can be found
And healing begins



The month of Elul is a time of self-reflection, truth telling, examining our own hearts and habits, working toward change, turning toward others, asking forgiveness for the mistakes we have made, any hurt we have caused, leaning into love, doing our best to heal one relationship at a time.



                      
Welcome to Week 114
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, August 16, 2015

I Heart Macro 113









eyes closed or open
heart awakes to sounds and sights
on the mountain side



gentle wings soaring
pause to sip and spread the love
flower by flower





This summer has been filled with love and adventures with friends and family. I am finally feeling as though the MS exacerbation that has had a hold on my body since March is coming to an end. I was able to climb two short hikes and walk nearly every day on our trip, only needing the wheelchair one very hot afternoon and in the evenings. I had no Internet access at all, which was really a blessing. I had no distractions from the people, wildlife and fascinating history as our parents shared stories of our family while going through many, many photos from six generations (including my great, great grandparents and our children), as well as American history through the places we visited in the Shenandoah area.  


Thank you all for your patience and for sharing your macro photos, I look forward to looking at the ones you posted over the past two weeks and the new ones you will share this week.



                       
Welcome to Week 113
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 minuscule 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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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!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I Heart Macro 112

summer’s wild roses
in the garden of my heart
fragrant memories



The retreat /conference was inspiring. I feel blessed to have been in the presence of so many shining teachers, every person I met taught me something. Part of the time away was spent with my husband; siblings, nephew and nieces assisting our parents/grandparents pack up their house to start the next chapter in their lives in a beautiful retirement community. Wild roses grew at the edge of our property at the house where our parents raised my three siblings and me. The house just sold is where our children/the grandchildren grew up with their Nana and Pop Pop.  Mom and Dad, may you enjoy your new home, expand your circle of friends, and know how much your love, wisdom and kindness has shaped our family.


I'm back in NH for a short while and then off again with the family for vacation on Thursday, therefore I’m leaving the linky open for two weeks, I hope you will join in next week while I’m away too.

                         
Welcome to Week 112
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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