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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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Saturday, May 18, 2013

I Heart Macro Week 1










a rainbow silk web
light caught as this heart opened
to awe and wonder

Welcome to this first week of I Heart Macro with me as host. Thank you to creative and kind Lori Plyler for the honor of allowing me continuing this wonder-filled meme.


I've never been a meme host before so please be patient as I figure out the process. I will do my best to visit your blogs when you link up, but as you know if you are a regular follower of my blog, sometimes I just don't have the energy to respond to everyone who visits, (MS lassitude has a way of sneaking up on me) so the same will be true for participants of I Heart Macro... AND I will make my best effort to connect with you as I am able. The meme will be open from Saturday's at 8pm EST through Monday's at 8pm EST. 

Please link back to my blog either using the button Lori so generously provided (html code is in the box below the button) or by just linking the words "I Heart Macro" back to my blog using this link: shinethedivinecreativityisaspiritualpractice.com, particularly if you like to participate in several memes with a single post as I often do.

Shine the Divine



Feel free to include poetry, prose and thoughts your macro photo or series inspire(s) in you. Writing is completely optional for participation however. Straight out of the camera, edited, color, black and white; all are welcome as long as you bring the viewer near to whatever it is that attracted your heart and woke up delight. Technically I don't have a "macro" lens, although my Lumix DMC-LX5 is excellent at close range, so don't feel like you can't participate if you don't have fancy equipment either. 

I read this quote recently and I think it applies to expansive experiences as well as deeply focused practices such as macro photography. "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

So, 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 might just open the door to miniscule miracles and mirth others would not have access to otherwise.

Also linked to: 
poetry pantry
real toads 
postcards from paradise
weekend reflections
weekly topshot
macro monday








36 comments:

  1. I'll change the link on my meme list Laura -- I don't have a macro today, but will definitely keep you in mind next week.

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  2. Beautiful web! I'll bookmark and try to remember your meme. . .I do (heart) macro.

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  3. Oh, what beautiful macros!

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  4. A web definitely does shine if light hits it in the right way!

    Good luck on your new endeavor!

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  5. Gorgeous pictures. I really love the colours you've captured.

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  6. thanks everyone who has participated so far... I am really excited and honored that Lori has allowed me to continue this meme. Don't forget to post the button or links back to this blog so more folks around the world can join us in sharing the love up-close:-)

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  7. Great haiku and pics. Good look with the meme.

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  8. Love the spider web. That spider must be OCD. It looks perfect!

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  9. ah i bet you get some lovely entries....so cool to change perspective and see the little....i like you shots and verse...so much awe when we look...

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  10. Nice picture and lovely words!:)

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  11. I am happy to read about Ellie and to know she is still with you. She is well loved and dear. Bless you for taking such good care of her.

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  12. This rainbow web is fantastic !

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  13. LOVE the web! I think they are so cool to take pics of when they have the dew on them! Thanks for taking over. I have missed it!

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  14. I like spider webs as much as water drops :-) If you want to combine the two and don't want to wait for a damp morning, fill a spray bottle with water and mist the web, viola!

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  15. I am so glad you revived this meme! Love your web.

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  16. Love the way the light plays on the silken web.

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  17. Great capture of the spider web. I'm visiting from Macro Monday and will try to remember to join you as well.

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  18. The pictures are amazing but the haiku is awesome. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  19. Beautiful images and a great quote Laura.

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  20. I have just joined your link party, found the link on another site I visit. Your spider web photos are wonderful.

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  21. I am so glad you revived this meme :)
    Great capture of the spider web! Like the quote too!

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  22. Yay for you taking over this meme. I am a big fan of the macro shot so will be joining in regularly

    Mollyxxx

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  23. so much intimate close up beauty! you will be a lovely host laura! i must remember to visit you saturday evenings and watch the beauty unfold!

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  24. Love the pictures here ~ Hope all is well with you~

    Have a good week ~

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  25. There is something infinitely beautiful in a spiderweb. Good luck hosting this meme.

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  26. oh it is your first week!
    wishing you a lovely time sharing macros
    i will join in some time. such wonderful photos Laura.

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  27. Beautiful Pics! Sorry I entered twice ,I didn;t see my entry the first time.

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  28. I love spider webs, and the "rainbow" you caught within them is astonishing! The industry of spiders, even though we know the webs are simply for catching other creatures for consumption, is amazing. We humans should create more of these - one person hurts, the thrum on the web is felt by all, a signal that help is needed, you know? Laura, I'm not familiar with macros, but I love your work! Amy

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  29. Oh, I didn't know you were hosting Laura! Great, I'll be sure to join in next week!

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  30. well you know i LOVE macro shots. i'll have to come over and join in, soon. so glad you're doing this! :)

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  31. Best wishes for hosting the i heart met me. Doing a popular meme is a lot of work. It looks to be a success.

    Thank you for visiting my poem blog for Open Link Monday. I am sorry for being so late in returning here.
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  32. So sorry I missed this. I was hoping to get it together to start blogging again. Maybe eventually. I did take a great shot of a heart on the shore. The waves had pulled out leaving a heart shape in the sand. Thinking of you. xoxo teri

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