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, July 19, 2014

I Heart Macro 62




rest in a lily
summer dreams that last a day
ephemeral timeless

every moment is this way
fleeting as our hearts wake up


Thank God, so many well wishes, good medicine and love, I am feeling well.


My heart is saddened though and expanded in prayer for the dawn of peace in the Middle East and all the world. May confused and misguided leaders open their eyes to see our shared humanity. We are brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, innocent children longing to live and love this precious life we've been given. It is long past time to lay down weapons and weeping, to remember our essence truly, truly is love.

Welcome to Week Sixty-Two 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

Saturday, July 12, 2014

I Heart Macro 61






 One of the blessings I have taken to heart over the years, living in a body that at times is very slow moving is the truth and gift of the old saying "stop and smell the roses." 

I am feeling so much better every day. I am able to take long walks again on my own and today Gordon and I worked in the garden. Most of these roses are from neighbor's gardens, except for the ones with dewdrops and the petal resting on the earth. 

I am still struggling a bit with my vision being blurry, especially when reading and well, trying to focus my camera, so these may not be the most crisp of images, but I find them lovely none the less. And believe me, the fragrance from these beauties when photographing them up close was intoxicating.

I am deeply grateful for all of your kind comments and prayers for my body to heal. Although I don't respond to most messages, please know that I appreciate your compassionate words and feel the power of your heart felt prayers. Truly this life is a blessing.

My cervical spine, like my brain showed no visible changes.  I am still waiting to hear results from my doctor regarding my thoracic spine images. These would explain the spasticity if there are any visible lesions there. However, even if the MRI does not show new scars, that does not mean they are not there. They may be very small and cannot be picked up yet on the scan. All I know is that something happened to my body five weeks ago, and I still have some deficits that may or may not be permanent.


I can speak clearly now, I can walk five miles, the pain is not nearly as severe, otherwise that would not be possible. The medicines are working and I’m certain my yoga practice, meditation and exercising all help too. My hearing was oddly diminished in my left ear after the spinal MRI series, but that too is gradually improving. I am able to spend time cooking, preparing meals with herbs from our garden. Our back porch is finally clean and set up for enjoying evening meals with the family, and morning meditation and yoga with the birds singing their morning prayers with me. LIFE IS GOOD.





Welcome to Week Sixty 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 :-)
makro montag

Sunday, July 6, 2014

I Heart Macro 60

a walk near the edge
life floats as winter recedes
memories of spring






Sorry for the late post this week, but with the kids away, lets just say my husband and I have been enjoying having the house to ourselves, and well some things take priority over posting a link up on time. These are still photos from earlier this year.

Now that I've had three doses of IV steroids there is discernible improvement. I am less dizzy, and I am able to walk again with a steady gait, albeit slower than my normal pace. This morning with my husband, we walked our usual neighborhood route. We traveled the whole 4.6 mi loop and my back and hips didn't start spasming until we were very close to the house. It was a glorious morning and I felt safe walking that far with Gordon by my side. I knew that if I couldn't make it, I could sit on the side of the road and wait for him to go home and bring the car, but it wasn't necessary. Hooray! My voice comes and goes; dysarthric to an accent to me and then drifts back into garbled speech. I have less pain, though my muscles are still quite tight from spasticity. I have been riding my stationary bike and practicing yoga every afternoon for about two hours total, and of course I meditate and pray each morning after waking. All of this sustains and strengthens my spirit and body and is helping to regain flexibility in my limbs again. Words are still blurry making reading difficult. And a new strange symptom arose after the two-hour MRI on Thursday; I am partially deaf in one ear. We are hoping that will reverse itself soon. If not I will have to see an ENT doctor next week to see if anything can be done. 

I imagine I will find out the results of the MRI I next week and if there are any lesions on my spine. I've only had them in my brain so far. All in all I am grateful for gradual healing. I am fortunate to have Relapsing Remitting MS and not a rapidly progressive form as some of my friends do. I do not take this twist of fate for granted and my heart aches for them as they loose function so much more quickly than me; once lost, it does not return. In my case, some symptoms stay continuously while others abate when I go into remission again. With this in mind/heart:

I just watched this film and wanted to share a link to it with you. It is raw and real, inspiring, heartbreaking and opening. While it is not my story,  I certainly found traces of my experiences in Jason's, both physically, emotionally and the day-to-day stuff. Even if you are not disabled yourself, someday you will get older and getting around won't be so easy. We live in human vessels, we are fragile, no one will be healthy forever. I think you will be able to connect with the humility, courage and humanity of Jason and his amazing wife Alice. I hope you will watch it.


"Jason DaSilva was 25 years old and a rising independent filmmaker when a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis changed everything — and inspired him to make another film. When I Walk is a candid and brave chronicle of one young man’s struggle to adapt to the harsh realities of M.S. while holding on to his personal and creative life. With his body growing weaker, DaSilva’s spirits, and his film, get a boost from his mother’s tough love and the support of Alice Cook, who becomes his wife and filmmaking partner. The result is a life-affirming documentary filled with unexpected moments of joy and humor. Official Selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. A co-production of ITVS. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)." ~PBS.org 
When I Walk



Along with the film, there is this fantastic project that Jason, Alice and some of their friends started that anyone can participate in called AXS MAP (access map) Click this link to find out what it is and how you can help people with disabilities find places to go that are truly accessible. Believe me, I know from experience when I need my wheelchair that lots of place are either NOT at all accessible, or say they are and in reality, not so much. I can't tell you how many times I've had difficulty maneuvering in a “handicap accessible” public restroom.



See the faint yet clear heart
etched deep into this emerald leaf
formed by veins pulsing with unseen life force.
For me this may as well be a map of the universe.
Unforeseen events happen continuously,
there is little we control. And still there are crossroads.
They appear just as unexpectedly, inviting us
to choose which way we will move forward.
When you come upon such a juncture,
listen to the beating of your heart,
follow the path that you know
in your own veins to be most
compassionate and wise,
for the essence
of all being
is guided
by love.



Welcome to Week Sixty 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