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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, August 7, 2016

I Heart Macro 132


 

Long ago glacier, become river
smoothing stones for one hundred
million years season after season life
and death and life given, touched, taken,
tumbled, carried along these waters where
beginnings and endings begin and begin. Come
dip your toes in the clear golden flow of eternity.


Where shall I begin?

Much has happened since I last posted in June. The intensity of this last MS pseudo exacerbation has abated after three months. There are no visible changes on MRI scans, which is good, even though my body feels different with some of the last round of symptoms persisting (new normal). And so it goes.

During these months, I received initiation as a reiki master, completed an intensive training from our local Home Health and Hospice Care as a volunteer and have been visiting with folks at various way stations on their journey. Most people think Hospice is about death, I'm learning more and more that it is about life, which of course includes letting go into Mystery.

It is a deep, humbling, heart expanding, life affirming honor and privilege to companion and witness each individual person, to meet them exactly where they are. Some talk with me about their day, their life from childhood through adulthood; snippets, here and there about their joys, sorrows, as they show me photos of beloveds. For others memory is no longer attainable or essential, the present moment is truly all that exists. And for those who are unable to respond in words, I talk gently so they know they are not alone, or sing softly with my hand touching their arm or hand. I have offered reiki as part of sitting vigil when a family member requests it, to ease the journey of their loved one who is actively dying, and to the family members as well, because they too benefit from the comfort and healing flow of love.

All of this feels natural as though it is where my personal history, education, innate gifts and BEINGNESS have been leading me all along.

This is why I have not been online. I’ve been living life to the brim. 

I did have an opportunity to go to the seashore over the fourth of July, driven down by one daughter and our niece who lives in Boston. That was really the start of feeling better as I took my first solo walk of the season along a short stretch down the beach and back. It was good to be with the four out of seven young adult “kids” who could make it this year, my sister, sister-in-law and mom. My husband and I have had a few adventures together this summer as well. Visiting friends at their lake house in northern New Hampshire (there was a mamma and papa loon and two chicks paddling with us.) Lets see, we went to a beautiful wedding. And then spent a weekend with other good friends at their lake house in Maine. We have taken two short hikes. In early July I was able to see some lady slippers blooming, which was lovely since I was unable to walk to visit our local patch in June. And then another slightly longer hike (not steep because my body won’t allow it) last weekend, just 3.4 miles round trip to a lake in the mountains where there was a single lonely loon gliding across the water. 


Below are photos from the little adventures mentioned above.













I am not sure what I want to do about I Heart Macro. I suppose whenever I do post I will add a linkytools link, for now it is obviously not a weekly meme. That said, the one thing you can depend on is change, so who knows, maybe it will be weekly again at some point, or bi-weekly or monthly. Lets see what happens?
                       
Welcome to Week 131
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, June 5, 2016

I Heart Macro 131


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After a rainy night, when morning sun reappeared, light dazzled and danced from one living thing to the next in a dizzying display of pure joy that my eyes were blessed to behold on a day in early May.





And then, the metaphoric joyful dizziness took an unfortunate turn experienced as physically internalized vertigo. It was as though I was moving when still, as opposed to sensing that I was still but everything outside of me was spinning. At first I thought perhaps this was allergy related, so I attempted to wait it out. Alas it got worse and more familiar MS related symptoms revealed themselves as well. It was time to go see the neurologist. For the past month or so I have been healing through an ongoing UTI that caused the onset of an MS flare. (Pseudo exacerbations, meaning no new plaques in the central nervous system rather an “awakening” of old ones, are very commonly brought on by any kind of infection for people with MS.)

As of Friday I am now on a second round of antibiotics, hoping this time they will work and my life will return for the most part to how it was. The weirdly good news is that because I am mostly in bed, head propped against a pillow to help quell the swimming sensations, not walking around much, I am not feeling the pain of muscle spasticity in my pelvic muscles and back with the same intensity that I had felt when I was busy going and doing in the world beyond this bedroom. Good news is always relative, but that does not diminish its “goodness.”

I haven’t felt the energy to post anything on my blog these many weeks. Honestly, I have also been feeling frustrated, angry, sad, and useless. I’ve been looking back through old posts, reviewing the downs and ups through the years.  I found myself focused on a particular “up” that for the first time started to bring me “down.” The thing is, my life seemed so spectacularly “normal” just three years ago when I was able to garden and walk for miles each day, culminating in a successful hike up Mt. Washington at the end of that summer. It was no less than a miraculous recovery from a downward spiral of increasing disability. Even then I knew it was temporary, MS is after all a progressive, unpredictable disease. And there have been backslides since, but mostly I’ve been fairly stable.

The inner voice of wisdom tells me, that looking back with a “want-don’t want” mind-state set me up for unnecessary suffering. Why not frame the same memories with “Wow what a treasure that wonder-filled summer adventure is to recall?” This is something I have always done up until now. I know this is right thinking, healthier, kinder, I really, really do, and I’m human. Sometimes I self-diminish and little me tumbles down the rabbit hole of “want-don’t want” sticky fingered longings vying for attention.

And being human, I recognize what’s happening, the extra stories gaining momentum in my mind and understand that it is possible and time to come home, acknowledging each thought child of desire with a gentle compassionate touch as I climb back out returning to sensations of my body, moved by breath, anchored by gravity to this bed of cool, rumpled sheets, soft ambient light filtered through a dove gray sky and the window above my head. Ok, so this is how it is now. And this particular now is part of a continuum of “now’s” in which rain laden clouds will release their precious cargo, slake the thirst of plants and creatures below, in due course the sun will reappear, light will dazzle in a display of pure joy, it is quite likely my eyes will be blessed to behold beauty outside in nature once more with new flora and fauna to capture my attention, and perhaps when the dancing lights stop, the dizziness will too, at least for a while.

Listening to the musical pitter-patter of drops splashing off the roof, I am grateful for the ability to discern the truth of this moment; I am calm, content from the catharsis of writing. And this too is subject to the laws of change, and change and change, here I am.

Thanks for bearing with me if you had time to read all the way through this.


Tiny worm bends down
to sip the sweet elixir
of life in a drop



                        
Welcome to Week 130
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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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

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:
imagining