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, September 21, 2014

I know, I know… patience please.






...the I Heart Macro linky may not go up until sometime Monday. I have been focused on readying teachings for the upcoming Holy Days as well as doing inner work for self preparation, which included a hike yesterday, connecting with the beauty of Creation. (And tomorrow cooking for the Holy Days too!) This also accounts for my slowness in visiting your blogs this past week, as I was getting ready to co-facilitate a healing service that to me, at least, was a pleasant and meaningful experience Thursday evening. As my wise friend Anne z"l once said: "Life is precious. Blogs are fun. There is a big difference."And so with the blessed memory of her good advice, I am choosing life. In this moment as I look out the window the sun is setting, the sky is the color of a gorgeous salmon pink rose. May the seeds above plant curiosity, compassion and patience in your heart while waiting for the linky to appear.

Every Blessing,
laura

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I Heart Macro 70



 susan is waking
what a joy to see her face
on this chilly morn'



wet blanket… flower
life of this garden party 
in sparkly attire





wild turkey feather
drenched by an evening of rain
beautiful still





Wolf's Bane seems to have no effect on my canine companion, Ellie. Of course she's not one to bay at the moon either.






This is me, makeup-free, after a brisk 48F 7am Sunday morning wander through the garden. Shhhhh, don't tell the cosmos or roses, but autumn is very, very near! 
(Update, 40F Monday morning with frost warnings for Tuesday! Brrrrr, and so the seasons turn.)


It is good to be playful, not so serious some days, even during Elul, a time of deep introspection. I never want to forget how grateful I am for the joys in this life. I think it is important to find that fine balance, in order to experience a fuller perspective. 
Welcome to Week Seventy 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


Sunday, September 7, 2014

I Heart Macro 69

Oh to live life to the brim,
broken winged,
still fluttering
final breaths visible
as late afternoon rain and sun mingle.

Compassion rises,
not pity, witnessing this
gentle being die.

Are we not all broken winged creatures far before our days come to a close? In my experience, it is this quality of fragility that allows us to know the fullness, the richness, the depth of the blessings we've been granted. 

Thank you Creator of All for the torn places in my life that have taught me to be kinder, more patient, compassionate and grateful. Morning and evening… 


"One thing I ask of the Infinite, One the thing I seek. To dwell in [Your] Presence all the days of my life to awaken to the beauty of each moment as I pass through this world." ~translation of Psalm 27 v.7-9 from Rabbi Yael Levi



I am enjoying these last days of summer. Even though school has begun and leaves are starting to fall there is abundant radiance growing, glowing, not quite ready to flutter into autumn ash and buried by winter to become one with the soil quite yet. 


We had a lovely week with family visiting and now it is back to preparing to teach upcoming meditation classes, healing and holy-day meditation services for me. It looks to be busy week ahead. It is all good and I am thankful to have the opportunity to be of service here in my home community in this way.










Welcome to Week Sixty-Nine 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

Sunday, August 31, 2014

I Heart Macro 68





These droplets were difficult to photograph because there was a breeze left over that morning from the storm the night before. It took a lot of patience to pause and wait between breaths of wind for the grasses to still themselves before the next little gust stirred them again. This is a little pond just down the road from our house. The grasses grow right through the sand.


 the most precious jewels
are often found close to home
step outside and see









What is it that you most treasure in your life? Perhaps you do not need to step outside your door, but sit down quietly, open your heart and listen to the truth in this moment. 



I'm so happy to have family coming to stay and the family that lives here all the time (temporary though that will be for my daughters). Family and friends who have become adopted family are truly the most precious jewels I can imagine, I am grateful for all of you. Although, nature offers some pretty amazing gifts that I do not take for granted either, I am so thankful to be living on this beautiful planet.


September is upon us, ready or not, here we are. The grasses and some leaves are beginning to take on their autumn hues, while blossoms are still offering their last summer hurrahs. I love this season of change, of shifting, of letting go, of transformation.

Welcome to Week Sixty-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. 

Note our new day and time frame: Sundays @ 7pm to Sundays @ 6pm when the new linky opens.

Visit each other...

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



linking to:
makro montag