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, May 8, 2016

I Heart Macro 130


between the rainstorms
flowers have begun to bloom
a joy to behold









I am grateful for my mother and for the extraordinary blessing of being a mom to my own two daughters, for the lessons they all teach me about how to be a better human being. 

Happy Mother’s Day
and a wonder-filled week!

                    
Welcome to Week 129
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!
    


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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Monday, May 2, 2016

I Heart Macro 129



wooly wheels of life
emerge from fetid decay
beginning again



a new day begins
face to face greet the unknown
huddled for comfort


Remember the proud green leaves of summer that changed to colorful foliage of autumn, ever so briefly. before falling to rest upon the forest floor? How the wet weight of winter dissolved these seemingly solid individual forms to become one amorphous puddle of mud, no-thing-ness? And now the warmth of spring has evaporated much of the still water; life is emerging once again taking on new shapes, wooly fern wheels will soon unfurl continuing this ever turning, returning process.

May it be so for each of us, dying to old forms, opinions once held firm as fact, dissolving into primordial no-thing-ness, ayin, starting fresh, aware of new possibilities every day, every moment, every breath; ceaselessly transforming, learning, growing, unfurling to witnesses what is true now, and now and now...


                    
Welcome to Week 129
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!


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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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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Sunday, April 17, 2016

I Heart Macro 128




There is twinkling below, I see it through the window as I wake; garlands of diamonds rim leaves, encrust others, the world, bedazzled, beckons. Throw on an old sweater, step into yesterday’s jeans, tall rubber boots, slip on fleece jacket and wool cap, dog barking and wagging excitedly by my side. I open the slider; stop by the garden first, she races to the gate at the edge of the woods. Together we enter an enchantment of color and light. Awed by life’s renewal, a feast for the soul, my eyes taste the joy of freedom, the wild wonder of it all.






 Pesach (Passover) begins on Friday; there is much preparation to attend to. I will mostly be offline, and then traveling to be with family over the weekend, so no IHM next week.

To all who celebrate Z’man Cheiruteinu (the Season of our Freedom), I wish you Chag Sameyach, a joyful holiday!

May all people be free, dwelling in a world without tyrants, or wars, plenty of food and clean water, shelter and clothing, education, health care, kindness and compassion flowing with ease. How I pray this comes to pass in my lifetime, that we will join together healing our planet, recognizing that we are all bothers and sisters on this good earth. 



                 
Welcome to Week 128
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!

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, April 10, 2016

I Heart Macro 127








hidden joy unfolds
origami winter buds
red maple jubilation

april snow cannot subdue
this lively celebration



I’ve been noticing from last spring through fall and spring again the hues of tree blossoms and autumn foliage. I don’t know if it is true for every tree, but for several I’ve been watching, the palette is the same, or at least quite similar. I am ever awed by nature’s beauty and symmetry. I suppose my textile/color science geek background is showing, but in truth my formal education as a textile designer prepared me to pay close attention to detail, who could have predicted this would lay the groundwork for mindfulness in a much broader sense.



Life has been good offline. I’ve been able to do some volunteering, visiting with friends, singing in a choir, extra teaching, and physical therapy twice a week to calm down overly spastic muscles. It is a curious thing, the more physically active I am, the more frustrated I become when MS reminds me that I still have to take things slow. I have limitations, we all do. And then I see the pain/and transience of "frustration" in my mind as it transforms into gratitude for all that I CAN do. Things I dreamed impossible four years ago, things that I could not have done even last summer in the midst of an exacerbation are possible in moderation. These are the ebbs and flows of living. We are all subject to the tides of unforeseen circumstances, including illness and aging amongst other events starting in youth and throughout our unknowably numbered breaths. So yes I'm grateful for the days I am out and about, and when I pause to feel and honor the hunger of wanting more, I am able to recognize that I am actually quite content and grateful too for the luxury of rest, something many people don't have. I listen to birdsong; appreciate the warmth of a heating pad against my back, and enjoy naps. Life has been good offline.


The next couple of weeks will be very busy, preparing for Passover and engaging in other activities as mentioned above. If I don’t have a chance to visit you, I do hope you will visit each other. It has been so lovely to see old blogging friends stopping by, especially since I’ve been out of touch for a while, thank you for kind comments.




                    
Welcome to Week 127
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!



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. 

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