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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Counting the Omer

Day 21

Malchut Sheb’Tiferet presence within beauty, a small journey through the woods this morning, wide awake with each careful step over this fallen bough home to new growth and into that muddy pool equally filled with life and decay. I sat on a mossy stump, poured out my heart to the ONE who hears our voice and listens to our prayers, Shekhinah dwelling within every graceful leaf unfurling, offering a quiet prayer of its own, Malchut Sheb’Tiferet.

*Look to the new Counting the Omer page to view recent Omer offerings.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

I Heart Macro 99





Sometimes close is a state of the heart. Physical distance need not impede the intimacy of attentive, loving observation of that which is beautiful. I listen to the birds, watch them darting about in the trees playfully or hopping on the ground in search of tasty morsels, witness the faces of blossoms turned skyward, blessing the day, early morning through late afternoon.    











Pain has come to call again and walking through the woods was a one-day event last weekend, but its ok, I trust this is a temporary situation. The buds on the windowsill are near enough to photograph when I cautiously climb onto the kitchen counter. I am grateful for spring waking indoors and out.


Thank you to my wonderful husband, who bought me (and is helping to learn how to use) a new Canon PowerShot SX60 camera so I can photograph from the windows and get a little closer to the subjects from a distance, something my Panasonic Lumix LX5 camera is not so good at. But wow, the Lumix allows for all the amazing macros I adore. I am so blessed to have such wonderful tools to aid me in seeing the world.


Please forgive me for not visiting every kind person's blog who visited mine, or all the beautiful IHM links you shared this past week. I just haven't had a whole lot of energy. I truly do appreciate every thoughtful comment and beautiful photo offering.




inside and outside
beauty is my companion
singing a love song

Welcome to Week Ninety-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!


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:
nature notes
haiku my heart

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.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I Heart Macro 98







endless journey to
places that comfort your heart
always homeward bound







I am grateful for time spent with family, for a body that is slowly but surely healing. This morning was the first day I was able to walk through the woods and see what the buds are up to. Scant patches of snow, a lot of soft earth and mud, perfect growing conditions as the temperatures continue to warm up. Old friends, birds that had wintered in the south have returned and keep me endlessly entertained when I am resting in bed.





Welcome to Week Ninety-Eight
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:
haiku my heart

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.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

I Heart Macro 97

 



Surrounded by love
A young man exhaled his last breath
With the birth of spring


(In memory of Aryeh z”l, age 22 your memory is a blessing.)










Thank you for all the warm birthday wishes and prayers for healing. Unfortunately as some of you already know, last Sunday, a day shy of a full week post op, I bent over and pulled a muscle in my back. I've been primarily in bed with a heating pad and medications to relieve the pain and inflammation and to relax the spasms. I’ve done little besides sleep and start to watch movies only to fall asleep in the middle. Needless to say, I've been kind of out of it and have not really been visiting many blogs among the other things I've not been doing this week. Just being, that's been enough for me of late.

I did manage to walk downstairs this morning for the first time all week and photographed the rescued branches on the windowsill featured in last week’s post. They have continued to bloom and leaf out beautifully. On Friday we had our first pouring spring rain, followed by a snowstorm yesterday. The snow melted off the trees within hours of falling, evaporating as if it never happened. The sky this afternoon is the clear blue of forever; red buds warming at the tippy top branches. While there is still a covering of snow on the ground, I suspect it won’t last much longer.

My little family and I will be traveling to PA to spend Pesach (Passover) with extended family for the seders and then returning home next Sunday so between healing and holidays there will be no time to prepare a new *I Heart Macro for next week, this link will remain open until we begin again on April 12th 

In the meantime, my wonderful husband has started cleaning some cabinets and the fridge and has done the Passover shopping, things we usually do together. I think as this week goes forward I will be able to assist at least by giving directions from a stool in the kitchen to my daughters and husband about what else needs to be done to prepare the house for the holiday in order to remove the chametz. When I find myself fretting about how much there is to still do, I recall other years when I’ve been rendered far more incapacitated from MS than I am now from recent events. We’ll do our best; that is all anyone can ever do. Remembering this with compassion is certainly a form of freedom.  And ultimately, I believe compassionate thoughts and actions are what will redeem all people around the world.


Wishing everyone a joyful and meaningful
Pesach, Easter,
whatever it is in your heart to celebrate!



Welcome to Week Ninety-Seven
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:

The I Heart Macro Linky opens tonight, 
Sunday evening at 8pm EST

and will remain open for you to share your close-up images for the next two weeks.*