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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We are having a snowstorm; our power keeps flickering on and off. I may not be able to post the Gratitude Quilt until the day after Thanksgiving. This is just life, storms and calm, and after all EVERY DAY is a good day to say thank you.

Click on images in the body of each post to enlarge them. *Interested in purchasing a photo you see featured on my blog? Please send me an email and we can discuss size, finish and pricing.

Want to share the love up-close? Click I HEART MACRO and you can add your link for week 80, the linky is open all week:-)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

I Heart Macro 80







It is surely not at all lack of gratitude, rather abundance that has kept me from posting a hakarat hatov (recognizing the good) every day this month as I had planned, plans change, life flows. This week forward will be quite full, preparing to teach later this week, doctor's appointments, "stitching" together our 6th Annual Gratitude Quilt, and creating a little film to accompany it. So please forgive me for being terribly lax in visiting. It may be that I am only able to share I Heart Macro and will not post anything else until unfurling the Quilt on Thanksgiving Day. I am still accepting offerings for the project, so please if you have not done so already, send me a message, laurahegfield@comcast.net. It is so simple and uplifting to write down a word, a sentence a paragraph affirming you thankfulness.

"What are you grateful for in THIS moment?"

Welcome to Week Eighty
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. 

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



*The IHM Linky will open tonight at 8pm/EST and will remain open all week until the next one begins*
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Hakarat Hatov Nov 21 2014






pause to reflect on
shells no longer occupied
feathers left behind

a ponderous morning
as new stories cross the mind
vestiges float past

challenges arise
sinking seems much easier
yet life must be lived

dive down-resurface
fear's an ephemeral wave
breathe the cold clean air

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Throughout the month of November, I will be posting a photo (or maybe a few) each day of something that invited me to pause and lifted up gratitude, joy, perhaps a quiver of awe in my heart the moment I stopped to be present and really see. By reviewing the image/images to share with you, the experience is engraved deeper in my consciousness, strengthening a reserve of gratitude and goodness to savor and draw upon when gloomy weather outside echoes inside, or vice versa. For me this is a devotional photographic journey for developing the soul quality of Hakarat Hatov, recognizing the good, a Jewish spiritual practice for cultivating gratitude. I may add writing some days, I may not; I’ll trust my inner compass to guide me.

I will include a link back to each Sunday’s I Heart Macro post so you can share the love up-close anytime during the week as usual.

I look forward to receiving your written patches of thanks for this year's 
6th Annual Gratitude Quilt!
Everyone, including YOU is invited to participate.

(Instructions for how to participate can be found at the top of this blog.)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hakarat Hatov Nov 20 2014




On this cold November morning, I'm remembering my Aunt Bella (BeBe) how I held her the night before she died so many years ago, sang her a lullaby through her labored breathing, loved and kissed her the way she did me from the moment I was born. Purple was her favorite color. I'm so thankful for my ancestors, grandparents, aunts, uncles mostly gone, a few (thank God) still here, and of course for my wonderful parents, they have all taught me about kindness.

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Throughout the month of November, I will be posting a photo (or maybe a few) each day of something that invited me to pause and lifted up gratitude, joy, perhaps a quiver of awe in my heart the moment I stopped to be present and really see. By reviewing the image/images to share with you, the experience is engraved deeper in my consciousness, strengthening a reserve of gratitude and goodness to savor and draw upon when gloomy weather outside echoes inside, or vice versa. For me this is a devotional photographic journey for developing the soul quality of Hakarat Hatov, recognizing the good, a Jewish spiritual practice for cultivating gratitude. I may add writing some days, I may not; I’ll trust my inner compass to guide me.

I will include a link back to each Sunday’s I Heart Macro post so you can share the love up-close anytime during the week as usual.

I look forward to receiving your written patches of thanks for this year's 
6th Annual Gratitude Quilt!
Everyone, including YOU is invited to participate.

(Instructions for how to participate can be found at the top of this blog.)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Hakarat Hatov Nov 19 2014





A lovely memory from early October.

I'm feeling better and will venture out into the cold with my camera this morning. 24 F, no snow here, but nice and frosty. I've started working on the Quilt, I'm so excited and can't wait to hear from more folks who want to join in this year:-)

Throughout the month of November, I will be posting a photo (or maybe a few) each day of something that invited me to pause and lifted up gratitude, joy, perhaps a quiver of awe in my heart the moment I stopped to be present and really see. By reviewing the image/images to share with you, the experience is engraved deeper in my consciousness, strengthening a reserve of gratitude and goodness to savor and draw upon when gloomy weather outside echoes inside, or vice versa. For me this is a devotional photographic journey for developing the soul quality of Hakarat Hatov, recognizing the good, a Jewish spiritual practice for cultivating gratitude. I may add writing some days, I may not; I’ll trust my inner compass to guide me.

I will include a link back to each Sunday’s I Heart Macro post so you can share the love up-close anytime during the week as usual.

I look forward to receiving your written patches of thanks for this year's 
6th Annual Gratitude Quilt!
Everyone, including YOU is invited to participate.

(Instructions for how to participate can be found at the top of this blog.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hakarat Hatov Nov 17 & 18



I still have a touch of something; my tummy’s feeling funny, hence not posting yesterday. Nonetheless, I'm grateful for sunshine this morning, the wind singing through the trees, and an archive of photo memories; simple pine needles on a plank of wood, lichens and pine needles mixing it up, having a party. Some days you find the most unexpected surprises.
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Throughout the month of November, I will be posting a photo (or maybe a few) each day of something that invited me to pause and lifted up gratitude, joy, perhaps a quiver of awe in my heart the moment I stopped to be present and really see. By reviewing the image/images to share with you, the experience is engraved deeper in my consciousness, strengthening a reserve of gratitude and goodness to savor and draw upon when gloomy weather outside echoes inside, or vice versa. For me this is a devotional photographic journey for developing the soul quality of Hakarat Hatov, recognizing the good, a Jewish spiritual practice for cultivating gratitude. I may add writing some days, I may not; I’ll trust my inner compass to guide me.

I will include a link back to each Sunday’s I Heart Macro post so you can share the love up-close anytime during the week as usual.

I look forward to receiving your written patches of thanks for this year's 
6th Annual Gratitude Quilt!
Everyone, including YOU is invited to participate.

(Instructions for how to participate can be found at the top of this blog.)


Sunday, November 16, 2014

I Heart Macro 79 and Hakarat Hatov 16


November leaves remain steadfast, 
tho’ wind attempts to wrest them from their temporal place of glory. 

They are not ready to let go. 

Illuminated from behind, 
while inner beauty, 
veins, 
essence, 
shines through. 

Woolen hat, 
gloves, 
heavy coat, 
breath exhaled in visible vaporous clouds, 
does not deter their clinging 
to one more day of living.

Faith as I understand it is trusting that someone, something, loving Presence has your back; believes in you, in me, in what we offer to this life, simply by being who we are. Our whole-broken-holy selves are enough. Even in our darkest times, this bright light of unconditional LOVE supports us so that it is possible for our own beauty, color, radiance to shine out into the world. Faith is another form of letting go. Perhaps this is what the leaves are truly attached to. While it appears that they are clinging to the branch, even a leaf knows this is temporary. Why not be brilliant while the wind provides music and rhythm to dance in the sun? There is still a sip of sap flowing through their veins. 

Be grateful for this day, this breath,
this is your moment to shine.

Welcome to Week Seventy-Nine
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




*The IHM Linky will open tonight at 8pm/EST*
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I'm actually sick today with some kind of "bug" it seems, so may not be able to visit you as my head is dizzy each time I lift it, and I just feel kind of blah. Plus I have a lot of work to do to prepare the "Quilt"… but not today. Tea, toast and cuddled under blankets, that's my plan at least until morning.

Throughout the month of November, I will be posting a photo (or maybe a few) each day of something that invited me to pause and lifted up gratitude, joy, perhaps a quiver of awe in my heart the moment I stopped to be present and really see. By reviewing the image/images to share with you, the experience is engraved deeper in my consciousness, strengthening a reserve of gratitude and goodness to savor and draw upon when gloomy weather outside echoes inside, or vice versa. For me this is a devotional photographic journey for developing the soul quality of Hakarat Hatov, recognizing the good, a Jewish spiritual practice for cultivating gratitude. I may add writing some days, I may not; I’ll trust my inner compass to guide me.

I will include a link back to each Sunday’s I Heart Macro post so you can share the love up-close anytime during the week as usual.

I look forward to receiving your written patches of thanks for this year's 
6th Annual Gratitude Quilt!
Everyone, including YOU is invited to participate.

(Instructions for how to participate can be found at the top of this blog.)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Hakarat Hatov Nov 15 2014






Grateful for spontaneity, those moments when my husband says, "lets hike a little mountain this afternoon"… and we do! 

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today's flowers
the weekend in black and white

Throughout the month of November, I will be posting a photo (or maybe a few) each day of something that invited me to pause and lifted up gratitude, joy, perhaps a quiver of awe in my heart the moment I stopped to be present and really see. By reviewing the image/images to share with you, the experience is engraved deeper in my consciousness, strengthening a reserve of gratitude and goodness to savor and draw upon when gloomy weather outside echoes inside, or vice versa. For me this is a devotional photographic journey for developing the soul quality of Hakarat Hatov, recognizing the good, a Jewish spiritual practice for cultivating gratitude. I may add writing some days, I may not; I’ll trust my inner compass to guide me.

I will include a link back to each Sunday’s I Heart Macro post so you can share the love up-close anytime during the week as usual.

I look forward to receiving your written patches of thanks for this year's 
6th Annual Gratitude Quilt!
Everyone, including YOU is invited to participate.

(Instructions for how to participate can be found at the top of this blog.)