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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YOU ARE INVITED TO ADD YOUR PATCH TO THIS YEAR'S 6TH ANNUAL GRATITUDE QUILT!

It is easy to participate in the Gratitude Quilt: Open a new word doc on your computer (or take out a sheet of paper and a pen). Close your eyes. Place one hand on your heart, then your other hand over that, giving yourself a gentle hug. Breathe into and out through the center of your heart for several breaths. Now, exhale slowly. Inhale deeply. Exhale again… type or write whatever you are most thankful for in that moment. Do not edit just let the words flow. There is no need to translate into English if that is not your native tongue. Copy and paste the words into an email and send them to me laura@shinethedivine.com by November 24th so I have time to "stitch" out words together. Please type the words "Gratitude Quilt" in the subject line.

Opening our hearts, connecting with many souls around the world in thankfulness is a generous, courageous, loving act, exposing light during a time in which we are facing some very real darkness on our planet, and for some, in our personal lives as well. I look forward to receiving your words of gratitude.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

I Heart Macro 76




This past Shabbat we read the biblical story of Noah, the flood that destroyed every living thing except what was protected on the ark by Noah and his family. I wrote the words below on Thursday, after a meditation practice with my teacher Rabbi Nancy Flam drawn from this famous text. Pouring rain was the soundtrack to our silence. 

All of the photos with the exception of the "semi-naked" trees taken the afternoon of our mini-flood, are from a walk the day prior, before the brunt of the storm hit. I needed to get out and walk, stay in shape for the CROP Walk this afternoon. 





Listening to the rain
the rain
the rain
day dark as night
wind howling kept
sleep at bay
waves of sound
and water rising
as streets flooded
violently washing yesterday’s folly
away


it seemed all had been lost


until i saw the rainbow
wet clean bright promise


arrayed at my feet


autumn leaves
strewn on glossy black pavement
a new path opened up.


Now the trees laid bare
reveal their bony essence




the leaves too will soon be stripped of colorful flesh.





May I be soft and pliant like a roadside leaf steeped in rain, mysteriously dissolving into less in order to nourish the potential for becoming more.

If you wish, listen to me recite this poem here.


torn leaf draped on drain
heart shaped hole lets the rain through
life sustaining tears


Thank you, thank you everyone for your support through both kind words and donations! Together you helped me raise $776 toward relieving hunger locally and abroad! Amazingly, toward the end of the walk as we were all gathered celebrating with music and food, just before my friend's from the New Fellowship Baptist Church Choir were getting ready to sing "He Reigns" (and it was drizzling), the sun came out through the drops, we all looked up and there was a rainbow! 

It is still possible to make a contribution even though this year's walk is over, the need for food and clean water is not. http://hunger.cwsglobal.org/goto/laurahegfield


Coincidence? Perhaps. Others would say the Holy Blessed One has a great sense of humor and apparently enjoys playing with language… or maybe that's just us humans? (Reigns/rains… I thought it was funny.)

Welcome to Week Seventy-Six
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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Sunday, October 19, 2014

I Heart Macro 75



Late Friday afternoon as the sun was descending, I took a walk to a nearby pond with my camera to photograph grasses you may remember from a fairly recent post.  Now twisted and bent from autumn's wildly varying temperatures, I marveled once again at these grasses essentially growing through sand, covered by a fresh layer of fallen leaves. Through sand! It seems so impossible. 



Some blades were beginning to bleach and blond, while others wore multi-hued stripes.



Nearer the water’s edge, vivid green summer remnants laced through golden fronds, while light winked on the sapphire pond.


As if this beauty was not enough,  wind tickled seeded tufts at the tippy tops of frail grasses. With patience, I waited for slight pauses and held my breath too, attempting to photograph these illusive wispy white “feathers”.





Looking up I witnessed leafy jewels arched over the pool. Turning, I spied an amber glow of pine needles draped over a dark branch.



And then more, entangled with emerald, life and death woven into one starry basket. 



Seeds adrift on the surface speckled the spaces between decaying leaves, branches, bark and pine needles. Skittering upon these rafts a surprising number of insects swarmed, a ceaseless commingling of life, death and pure potential.


ceaseless commingling
life death and pure potential
float on timeless pool


Gratitude washes over me each time I stroll down the road to this sanctuary I happened upon for the first time last autumn. It is an honor, a privilege to be intimate with these common yet often overlooked exquisite wild grasses in this way, to be able to walk, bend, squat, kneel down on the sand. I do not take any of this for granted. Tired in the evening, my legs unable to climb the steps, lifted up to bed, I remember not only the tremendous blessing of movement, but the gift of seeing, being present to fine threaded grasses, growing miraculously through sand, and the tenderness of my husband's strong arms.

Next Sunday I'll walk with at least 23 different faith communities as we join together for the 30th Annual Nashua CROP Walk for Hunger. There is still time to offer a secure online donation if you'd like to support our efforts to feed hungry families locally and abroad. 

~with heartfelt thanks to everyone who has already generously contributed,
Laura


Welcome to Week Seventy-Five 
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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Sunday, October 12, 2014

I Heart Macro 74



from darkness to light
called forth from empty fullness
begin beginnings

endless beginnings
love illuminates through words
"lev" heart of goodness

white fire balances black
always more to be revealed
look listen closer

d'vekut cleave to ONE
wrapping all in tenderness
endless beginnings

forward a circle
journey of generations
this spiral of time


through matan Torah
blessing flows to all people
na'aseh v'nishma
we will do and we will hear
understanding as we connect
with the breathing of this world
all BEING
each bead linked to the next







Ayn Sof
without end
forward a circle
this spiral of time
space and faces
each soul unique holy whole
reflections one into ONE



While it is still Sukkot as I write this, on Friday this week, this portion of the Jewish holiday cycle will culminate with Simchat Torah, celebrating our joy in the gift of Torah, an ancient map for how to live life. Hidden in the "white fire" the spaces between the words there is far more meaning than the literal words carefully scribed in black ink on parchment. The text tells a story, gives many important moral dictates, but there is so much more, the oral Torah the transmission and learning’s that are revealed through study applied to living here and now, is how and where v’nishmat, listening and understanding, really takes place.



The last word in the Torah, "Yisrael" (a word that describes a particular people and simultaneously all who struggle for meaning in the vastness of life unfolding, the mysteries and Mystery of Being), ends with the letter "Lamed". The first word in the Torah "B'reishit," "in the beginning," begins with the letter "bet" or "vet". Linking these two letters together back to front we discover the word "lev," the Hebrew word for heart. The whole of Torah, this ancient map that guides us in understanding our purpose as humans in partnership with Beingness, is wrapped in a heart of compassion. May love from endless beginnings continuously lead us back to Oneness.


There is still “thyme” to make a secure online donation to the 30th annual Nashua CROP Walk, taking steps to ease hunger locally and around the world. As you know, this year I too will be walking. I hope you will join me on this journey. My original intention was to reach a modest goal of $300, so far your generosity has helped me raise $487, WoW! Please click here to participate; $10, $5, every dollar makes a difference.


Welcome to Week Seventy-Four 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 :-)



linking to:
makro montag