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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.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

I Heart Macro Week 13

Welcome to our Thirteenth Week of 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!

Shine the Divine

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.

Please link back to my blog either using the button provided 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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Hiking the Mount Webster - Mount Jackson loop, (a 4,000 footer), we spied a bounty of tiny colorful beauties. There were gorgeous waterfalls, and an amazing boggy area hidden in the forest, just below the alpine zone. I have so many photos, what an adventure! Next week I'll share some images from Mt Washington. Yes, my beloved and I climbed to the summit of the highest mountain on the east coast of the United States this year! I never imagined a few years ago before this remission, when I was mostly in bed or needed the assistance of my wheelchair that I would be able to see the mountain from anything but the side of the auto road. And to be honest, before I knew I had MS, I hadn't thought I'd be strong or brave enough either. Knowing that I may never be able to do such things again, I feel incredibly grateful. 

When we returned home yesterday afternoon there was a message from my doctor’s office. I called the nurse and found out that my T-cells are dangerously low (in the range of someone with active AIDS... I DON’T HAVE AIDS, just MS) but the medicine I’m on is doing too good of a job suppressing my immune system. I need to cut back Gilenya to every other day. If my numbers don’t improve when my blood work is checked again in two months, I may have to come off this medication, the only one that has helped so far. I was scared, angry, frustrated, cried for a good fifteen minutes when I hung up the phone. I called my dad, a physician to share the news with him. He’s concerned, of course, and told me to call my doctor on Monday to talk about what happens if my levels don’t re-enter a closer to normal range. I was still kind of unnerved before going to bed.

And then I woke Gordon up. I told him not to worry; everything will be ok. Maybe not the same ok as now, but a new ok and we’ll adjust to that too if necessary. Right now it is all a big mystery, and really, when isn’t life a big mystery? I let go of the frightening stories I was inventing in my mind and came back to the what I absolutely know to be true; I JUST CLIMBED FOUR MOUNTAINS IN FOUR DAYS OF HIKING, WITH MY BEST FRIEND IN THE WORLD, MY HUSBAND, AND I FEEL GREAT!

Live this moment with your heart wide open, for there is no greater adventure than being present, loving the life you’ve been given and your companions on the journey, side by side on a mountain trail, or sitting at home enjoying the view through your bedroom window.

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  1. Laura congratulations on climbing those mountains! The real ones and the metaphoric ones (is there such a word as metaphoric?. Anyway, I'm sure you know what I mean.) I so admire your attitude. I bet anything that the Dr will be able to adjust your dosage so it still works and your count comes back up.

    Thank you for the beautiful bouquet of 'shrooms! They're wonderful. I didn't get a macro post ready for this week, but I'll be back next time. Take care.

  2. I love fugi, and photograph it every chance I get. And I always look for fairies. These are terrific shots Laura! Congrats on your climb(s), bravo! You know, I know exactly how you feel. {hugs}

  3. I love all of your fungi macros, each one is amazing.

    I hope that the conversation with you doctor on Monday helps. Maybe he can work out a new course of treatment.

  4. You are incredible, climbing mountains, capturing marvelous macro-mini flora, and climbing past such a hard medical condition! Now I am making a pledge to work harder to recover my lost energy. I have fibromyalgia and chronic pancreatitis. My recent doctor's visit explained my loss of energy, but I'm praying that I also can climb my own "mountain."
    God grant you a better report soon. Thank you for sharing these spectacular images!

  5. Those tiny mushrooms are fascinating. I love the soft green moss too. Have a beautiful Sunday!

  6. I feel incredibly grateful for you at this moment!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral

  7. Splendid photos Laura, are any of these fungi edible?? Good for you for getting up there and looking down at the world. You may find that as you cleanse yourself of old ingrained negative emotions that your body has stored up, these wonderful respited will come more and more often, until they get to joining up altogether.There may be little setbacks now and again but they are all part of learning our life's lessons and you seem to have come a long way in your particular learning. Ultimately, we end up healing ourselves, good luck on your journey.

  8. You are such a brave and inspirational person Laura. Very well done on the mountains (wonderful photographs) and I hoe and pray all works out for the best with your meds.

  9. Thinking of you and hope everything will be okey soon. (((Hugs))) I like your mushroom photos very much!

  10. Thinking of you with love.
    So much is a mystery about life and our health
    as I am on a journey also.
    Healing thoughts and prayers
    go your way from this cottage...

  11. Lovely shots of the mushrooms. I have fungi too in my blog this week.
    THanks for hosting.

  12. wow...ok a bit scary on the t cells...but what a contrast to your ability to climb mountains...

    love your pictures...the mushrooms are amazing such variety and texture too....

  13. Congrats on your accomplishment, it's been a long time coming. I can't wait to see more, the fungi are wonderful, especially the yellow one.

  14. Laura, so happy to hear about your external movement and the movement of love within you.

  15. Beautiful photographs, Laura. I'm sorry to hear of your setback but you and your doctor will come up with another plan of action. Congratulations on your climb!

  16. Your mushrooms are really amazing. I have done a lot of mushroom-searching with my grandpa when I was a child. Your photos made me remember, although that have been other mushrooms ;)
    Have a nice Monday!

  17. Great photos! How beautiful mushrooms!

  18. thanks for the quote I saw on your blog, Laura

  19. Keep climbing mountains, Laura!

  20. Those mushrooms are a unique, I haven't seen them before. They look like leopard mushrooms.

    Sorry, I couldn't follow or leave a comment yesterday. There is a problem with me login in to gfc.

  21. Beautiful photos. Congratulations on climbing mountains and all the hiking you did. I pray things will work out with your meds. Sending prayers!!

  22. Hello,

    wonderful photo´s ... my favorite is the first and the last one !!

    Enjoy you week


  23. Your story is so inspiring!!! Wonderful macros!!!

  24. DAZZING fungi images, Laura! So wonderful to hear of your accomplishments and life achievement... But sorry to hear about your health currently... Sending you love & wellness vibes. :o) ((HUGS))

  25. Dear Laura,
    wonderful photos, but an even more touching story. Congratulations, that's amazing!
    Thanks for the invitation, see you next week!

  26. Beautiful shots, like your words :)

  27. Just gorgeous -- both words and photos.

  28. Wow!!Very beautiful :))))))))

  29. So very sorry to hear of your troubles with the medication. Being able to climb four mountains in four days is a gift - and one I doubt I'll be getting any time soon! I'm having a similar battle, but it's not MS, it's just myxoedema and fibromyalgia but getting the drugs sorted is so very hard!

    Great funghi pictures!

  30. Dear Laura thank you for the reminder...Love your photos and I love fungis too ;D Happy Monday.

  31. Lovely images-love the mushrooms easilt overlooked!

  32. Dear Laura,

    I don't know what I can add here that hasn't been said more eloquently by your other visitors. I just wish to thank you for your vision and for all you give. The images are so artful and so beautiful. Your words, especially your candor about MS, mean so much. I know others are inspired by you and I am. With gratitude, admiration, and respect, and great love,


  33. Fancy fungi!!
    And GOOD FOR YOU! I love your parting words.. so true!

  34. Hi! Nice captures. Your mushroom photos are very fantastic. I was late for this "I heart macro" meme. I will try next time.
    Thanks for sharing.

  35. Wonderful macro shots!

    I'm sorry you are battling MS. I have a friend who has this also. Your words and attitude are inspiring.


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