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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October 26th is the 30th annual Nashua CROP Walk, taking steps to ease hunger locally and around the world. This year I too will be walking. Not long ago I was in a wheelchair and could not have walked. I hope you will join me on this journey with a secure online donation. My intention is to reach a modest goal of $300 in the next few weeks. Please click here to participate; $10, $5, every dollar helps, your generosity makes a difference.

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Update: In the first two days of posting this, my intended goal of $300 was met! Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. With such tremendous generosity and kindness, we’ve now raised just over $500... please keep the love and donations flowing.

~ Laura

...to give a little is never enough still it is something.

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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 :-)



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Sunday, October 5, 2014

I Heart Macro 73












reaching this season
grateful for a life that’s blessed
my heart overflows

This coming Wednesday evening begins the festival of Sukkot. It is often referred to as z'man simchateinu, the season of our joy. It is the Jewish harvest festival that Thanksgiving in the United States is based on, a holiday of gratitude for the abundance we experience in our lives.  I've been watching the squirrels, chipmunks and birds feasting as they prepare for winter. It is amazing how much food nature provides for them. Sadly, although there is plenty of food grown in our world, it isn't available to everyone and neither is clean water.






there are more
empty bowls and swollen bellies
than a comfortable body can fathom
the inequities of food and clean water
boggle the mind sink a compassionate heart
like stone in an endless sea of tears
to give a little is never enough
still it is something






There is a joke, (was a joke) in my family that I can't bake bread. It is true, in the past every time I would attempt to bake challah for Shabbat or for holidays it would just be hard and flat. For a long time I gave up. This year was different. I made bread; really delicious (according to my family) challah and it rose higher than I could have hoped. Ok it isn't perfectly round as a traditional Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur challah should be, but it was close. During Yom Kippur, our rabbi encouraged us to contemplate ways we could be more supportive to our shul community, the greater local community and the world community. As my feet crunched acorns and leaves scattered on the road this morning, I thought about his challenge, I thought about the bread I baked. If I could get bread to rise this year, perhaps this would be a good year to actively raise money to help feed hungry people too! 



On October 26th, I will be walking to raise funds for hunger with our interfaith community for the Nashua CROP Walk. As long time followers of this blog know, it wasn't many years ago that I was in a wheelchair most days, and while at night I still need assistance walking up the steps to bed, with good medication, mediation and medical care, most days I walk just like the average person. I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am for the blessing of walking on my own two feet in this beautiful world. Both last summer and this one I've hiked mountains, surely I can walk a few city blocks to help feed hungry people. To achieve this, I need your help! This is the 30th anniversary of our local CROP Walk. I figure if there are over well over 1000 people who read my blog, surely, thirty of you will donate $10 or, sixty could donate $5 to assist me in reaching a modest goal of $300 over the next three weeks? 

    ...to give a little is never enough still it is something. 
I hope you will join me on this journey as our community takes steps to raise funds toward ending hunger-- every dollar raised will make a real impact! Please open your heart and pockets and donate by clicking this link.

Welcome to Week Seventy-Three 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 :-)



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