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, March 22, 2015

I Heart Macro 96


"Hello. Do you like my hat?"


Second day of spring, I watch a fine dusting of snow descend, coating quiet branches, not yet dressed in the tiny leaves that soon will emerge. Powdered sugar sprinkled on conifers comes to mind, sweetness to ease the transition from this silent season to the vibrant one we are slowly entering. In a few days, March 24th, I will meet the half-century mark; hello to fifty springs, goodbye to forty-nine turns of the wheel up until now.    


I have much to be grateful for; every encounter with beings and Beingness, flora, fauna, mountain, river, marsh, snowflake, single raindrop or drenching downpour, sounds and near silence (for the hum of earth, life, breath are continuous). Thankful for brightly lit days and the dim liminal space between dawn and dusk, not knowing what the day or night will bring, for pitch black velvet cloaked cloudy nights and a moon so full it makes sleep a impossible. Everything, every experience of joy in all its flavors, sorrow steeped and ragged breathed, or wonderfully ordinary yawning stretches of time, all of it has blessed me with opportunities to learn on the sacred pilgrimage to this moment. 


A single bird sings through the delicate snow and dense cloud cover, within moments the sun makes an opening, more birds join in and suddenly as if a dam has burst water pours off the warming roof, while the last flakes drift down, finer than when they started two hours before. Steam rises from the shingles. Blue becomes visible once again.


I rescued some branches that fell due to high winds and heavy snow a few weeks ago, gave them a drink and shelter on our kitchen windowsill, offered them a chance to bloom, they would have withered separated from their mother trees had I not done so.    


Back to my "hat"






As their catkins sprouted I was reminded of one of the first books from which my eldest daughter learned to read, Go Dog Go. Throughout the story two silly characters appear. One dog repeatedly asks, “Do you like my hat?”  The other responds, “I do not like it.” Until wearing an over the top elaborately fancy hat, the first dog asks after many failed attempts at approval, “Hello again. And now do you like my hat?” finally, “I do. What a hat! I like it! I like that party hat!”
   


Time is fluid, an energetic river flowing with the current of life-force; past becomes present in an instant through memory's gate, nearing my 50th birthday, these exuberant catkin blossoms all looked like party hats to me!





Won’t you celebrate the mystery of life's renewal with me?



Happy Birthday Mom and Dad, thank you for inviting me into the world through your love. 


Life measured by love
this is how I count the breaths
for what else matters?

Half a century
how sweet this cup of nectar
my heart spills over,

head bowed in deep gratitude
one hundred blessings each day.



Ps. Thank you everyone for your kind comments, I am healing, slowly taking my time to return to "normal" activities.


Welcome to Week Ninety-Six
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"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, March 15, 2015

I Heart Macro 95








oh please
the time has come
grant us amnesty winter
we contest not your beauty
nor joy elicited from fresh fallen snow
your abundance has filled us with much delight
rather these ripening rainbow tipped branches
are no longer content confined in tight bud
let rain replace ice sun warm the earth
so that freedom may burst forth
a riotous symphony of color
we have waited patiently
many months to see
the unfurling of
their song











with rapt attention
we wait for swaddled newborns
to open their eyes


Last night it rained steadily, a soothing lullaby as I drifted in and out of sleep. Then snow resumed the next afternoon, appearing more like a popcorn popper than a snow globe, with March winds flinging fat flakes about. This short lasting precipitation didn't amount to much, although the ground is still snow covered. It is thinner, softer, I can tell even from high up in my bedroom as I watch the level sink down relative to its height against the fence now compared to just days ago; the opposite of ticks on a wall marking the growth of a child, yet with similar excitement and expectation, for melting snow means developing plants. And the softness is evident as our dog Ellie ventures across more of the backyard, no longer limited to her high walled snow labyrinth. She prances on top for a few steps then down a leg drops into a slushy patch.  Each morning a new bird adds his or her voice to the chorus. What a joy! 

I've not been out taking pictures for a couple of weeks, as I've been living with some low belly and back pain making it difficult to walk. Like winter's grip, I have faith that this too shall soon pass. Today's photos are actually from a late January thaw before the snow was too high to safely walk along the roads. It is amazing to me how in the middle of winter the trees were already preparing for the next season! I suspect the buds are a bit plumper now. I look forward to going out to investigate as they start to open, or not long after, depending on my mobility. How I do delight in spring’s awakening!

Update on pelvic pain: I had a laparoscopy Monday morning, one tiny organ removed and sent to pathology, otherwise all looks good, bed rest at home for a few days and hoping this will relieve at least some if not all of the pain as the incisions heal. There may be other things going on related to MS spasticity just to make life a little more interesting, we'll see.



Welcome to Week Ninety-Five
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"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


Please link back to my blog either by copying and pasting the button provided above on your post, or by linking the words "I Heart Macro" back to my blog with this link:


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:


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!