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, May 24, 2015

I Heart Macro 104















I am still going to physical therapy dutifully twice a week. No clear diagnosis, maybe fibromyalgia (something never dx’d before, but it is on the table as a possibility) exacerbated by minor surgery in March, maybe not. MS slows down recovery no matter what is going on. I have continued wandering through the woods on soft ground alone most mornings when I am able, although it is becoming increasingly difficult as the foliage fills in; informing me it is nearly time to “keep out” and allow the flora and fauna to occupy this space without my intrusion.

Occasionally, when he has time to escort me, my husband and I take short strolls in the neighborhood until my back spasms and we turn around. I do not venture far on pavement by myself for fear of cramping up and not being able to make it home without assistance.

I am weary from this physical setback as summer rapidly approaches. I want to be outside, walking for hours and miles in solitude, wildflowers on the side of the road, birdsong and butterflies, sun kissed shoulders, an occasional breeze, water bottle, camera and hat. I long to go hiking in the mountains with my beloved. The frustration is rising, and yet, there have been many years when these activities seemed an impossible dream. In all honesty it is emotionally challenging to have regained abilities for three years and then lose them again at present, a good reminder that everything is temporary. I had a flare last June that turned around quickly, although not completely. Who knows, perhaps the pain will abate soon, the dizziness will subside, strength and balance will return. It will be what it will be, and it is what it is. There is plenty of beauty to be found through the windows and in the yard. In between small tasks, reclining in bed, resting, as I must many hours each day I listen to the song of the earth, this is great comfort.







Fire danger is high, we’ve not watered our gardens out of respect for the drought, and there is visible withering, leaves of bulbs have pushed through, with very few achieving blossoms. 





It is a marvel how much still grows despite the lack of rain this spring, primarily wild flowers that do not depend on rich soil, or are well shaded, plants, shrubs and trees with well established deep roots.



deep snow now long gone
spring rain and floods never came
precious morning dew

sustaining life drop by drop

tears for a thirsty planet


Welcome to Week 104
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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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!

Patience please, there appears to be a "hide and seek" glitch in linkytools. I am hoping it will start functioning properly again soon; the 57 links already shared are beautiful, but at the moment not visible. Oy! Please do come back later to day or during the week to check and see if the linky starts working so you can share your photos and see the offerings of other people. I feel terrible because I barely had a chance to visit anyone and this happened.  


Sunday, May 17, 2015

I Heart Macro 103













Months of watching the courtship, nest building, nurturing, teaching; the cardinals are gone. There was a brief storm, the next day a lot of "cheap-ing" and a young bird  at the top of the bush, mouth open, begging for food. I thought it was one of theirs, although it didn't really make sense, as I had already seen the fledglings darting in and out of the nest for over a week. The next morning they were gone. I couldn't find the baby, that was likely brown headed cowbird, whose mother dropped it in the nest too late. This evening a hawk swooped down into the bush. I suspect it found the baby bird left behind. I miss the cardinals, I feel sad about that little bird, but it couldn't survive on its own, and may have already been dead or close to it. A hawk has to eat too.




there was nurturing
life death now empty nest and
violets remain

Welcome to Week 103
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, May 10, 2015

I Heart Macro 102
























one in one we start
slowly unwinding we part
mother and daughter

violent storms weathered
unexpected twists and turns
draw us close again


Witnessing ferns unfurling, daughters growing up, pushing away, reconnecting, pushing away, reconnecting, this spiral dance of mothering, beautiful, painful, awful, awe-filled, all of us becoming.


Welcome to Week 102
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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Visit each other...


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haiku my heart


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.