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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Saturday, August 31, 2013

I Heart Macro Week 16



listen with your heart
let kindness be your offering
love aligned with love
forgiveness shines from faces
bright with the promise of t’shuvah
turning towards each other
towards our selves and
towards the ONE.



The Days of Awe are drawing near, L’shanah Tova to all of my Jewish friends and family. May the whole world know peaceful moments, sweetness and joy as the world is born anew, this Rosh Hashanah.





Welcome to our Sixteenth 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: shinethedivinecreativityisaspiritualpractice.com. 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 :-)

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59 comments:

  1. Hi! Nice captures. They are very beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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  2. What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on your faith in this post, too. What a beautiful reflection. I am very grateful.

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  3. What wonderful finds for this week. I love looking for heart shapes in nature.
    Happy Weekend!

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  4. Beautiful. You have a good eye for the small things that most people don't notice.

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  5. Beautiful post, Laura! Have a happy day!

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  6. Fabulous photos and words to match thank you for sharing the inspiration

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  7. Hi there - nice picture and words. Its always interesting to find shapes which are basically a human idea, formed naturally.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  8. Shells and rocks are a beautiful discovery.

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  9. Great captures! Thanks for hosting.

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  10. Such beautiful words to inspire us all and fantastic photos ~ happiness to you ~
    carol, xo

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  11. What great photographs, you ahve such a great eye!

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  12. Insightful words of inspiration. You did a wonderful job blending the two uniquely and beautifully shaped stones.

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  13. Your beautiful pictures and perfect words always leave me feeling more connected to life and more complete. Thank you.

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  14. Beautiful Compositions, yes, I like your exquisite hearts!

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  15. Thank you very much for sharing these beautiful images,
      and your words are always so filled with wisdom!

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  16. Interesting subject with fantastic photos. The words are truly inspirational. Great post.

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  17. Great captures with beautiful words :)

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  18. Hi...
    my entry.. a rose for you!
    wonbderful pictures--- thank you!

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  19. lovely macros and inspiring words!

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  20. Beautiful words and photos, Laura. Thank you for sharing!

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  21. Those are lovely stone collections, i love getting colored stones from our beach and giving them to friends and officemates!

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  22. Hi Laura,
    your photo is amazing ! Sorry, but the Linky tool was so lazy and now its twice...
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  23. Such lovely stone shapes in macro. Delightful

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  24. L'shanah tova to you, Laura! The different textures and colors of stone and shell are interesting. Life is precious, my 10 year old granddaughter just had surgery for an appendectomy. At least it is laparoscopic now and easier to recover from.

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  25. It's amazing how many heart shapes we can find when we look closely.
    Lovely photos!

    Ruby

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  26. Such lovely, lovely images, Laura... The shell "ear", there is something so special and tender about that one, I think. "let kindness be your offering" I will carry these words with me today... And do them. :o) ((HUGS))

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  27. After adding my image to your linky I am then prompted to return to the site hosting and it does not return me to your site page. Not sure if it has been mentioned to you before.

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  28. The images are lovely -- magical. And as always your words. Thank you for the gift of your blog and this meme. (We were on the road this weekend, so I will be back next time) .

    Have a Blessed Holy Week and Day Laura.

    (And please don't ever worry about not visiting, especially during this time. You already do so much.)

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  29. This is just so lovely Laura, and so fun to see you at it's all about purple!!

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  30. Such beautiful images and words...such a sense of peace when I visit here.

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  31. Gloriously beautiful photos, Laura, such cool groupings of natural objects. I used to find heart shaped rocks all the time........love the sweetness of your wish and blessing, too. Blessings to you and yours at this special time.

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  32. smiles. this is lovely...forgiveness does give quite a glow...i like the listening with the heart as well....

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  33. inspiring words and lovely photos. kindness the offering...

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  34. Such amazing heart-shapes to be found in nature.

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  35. Lovely work Laura--I too always find a sense of peace here---and I thank you for that

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  36. Beautiful photos - thanks for the lovely words. k.

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  37. That is beautiful impetus for love..my friend...

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  38. Lovely collection of shells and heart shaped rocks! The poem is beautiful too, thank you for sharing. Have a happy week!

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  39. Beautiful! YOU always make me feel calm and peaceful!
    Thank you for this vision~
    :D

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  40. Although I´m late, I want to let you know how much I got inspired by your ideas. I quoted you and linked back to your blog in my latest post:
    http://bikelovin.blogspot.de/2013/09/slowing-down.html
    Thanks for your work!
    Christiane

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  41. Today several posts are reminding me of kindness. Incredible that I'd need reminding, but we can always go deeper and deeper into love.

    By the way, I don't share them, but you've got me focusing a lot on flowers. I take the pics and look at the details over again. What a good spiritual exercise. Thanks laura.

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  42. Oh how lovely and full of gentle energy... hugs to you. Michelle

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  43. ....towards the ONE. And we so easily lose track of that very patient "One" .

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  44. love each unique stone heart pleading to be recognized as something warm, not cold hearted!

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  45. Shana Tova, Laura. I wish you and yours health and happiness.

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  46. Hello, Laura.

      It is my joy to share your wonderful work.
      And sweet message charms my heart.

      I pray for your happiness and world peace.
      Thank you World-wide LOVE, and your Support.

    Have a good weekend. From Japan, ruma ❃

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  47. All the stones above are so lovely! And they're presented in a nice way.

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  48. So 16 weeks have gone by since you started the I heart Macro. Well you have made a beautiful community. I think I am back and have my post ready to be included in this weeks I Heart Macro... one thing tho' it is not macro. Sending you so much love, <3 Blessings during Rosh Hashanah.

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  49. Wonderful treasures in nature. I LOVE hearts. Thanks for the inspiration. My grandson and I will look for them along our walks.

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