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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, September 7, 2013

I Heart Macro Week 17


In this season of turning;
May each seed sown grow into a mighty oak, branches opened wide, a gesture of compassion, roots descending deep anchoring kindness in the soil of every heart, guardians of peace, messengers of love. Let war become a nightmare long forgotten, generosity, humility, respect the reality we expect, accept and know.

It is a lot to ask in a world habitually accustomed to spilling the blood of the “other,” pretzel logic reasoning; bombs will protect our own here, and somehow on far away shores, those we feel akin to, distant cousins. Aren’t we all at the core sisters and brothers, sharing genetic memory across every populated continent? I don’t like to get political, assume that everyone agrees with me, I know some will, many won’t. But I have a voice and though I often choose silence, rather than risk making a stir, causing discomfort, anger or contention, I feel obligated by my conscience dwelling in the midst of the Days of Awe, Yom Kippur just six days away to say: there just has to be another way! Violence to end violence does not work, history teaches us this, and even if military action dims certain flames briefly, the ashes will continue to smolder. I do not know the answer to this eternal human puzzle, yet this question continues to knock on the door of my heart: how can we be present as ambassadors of peace, of hope, of healing, take wise action without increasing suffering? I pray that world leaders will seek answers from this same place in their own hearts, and listen to the good counsel of kindness within. 






AND NOW...

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-

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. 

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54 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Laura. Count me among those that agree with you wholeheartedly.

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  2. Beautiful photos and thoughtful words ;)

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  3. ...quiet blessings to thee dear kindred...(O:

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  4. Beautiful, with great datails macro shots!

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  5. I love those acorns and I agree with you. I wish you a peaceful Sunday!

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  6. Hi! Nice captures Acorn of the oak photos are very beautiful.

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  7. Laura,thank you for the words and beautiful images.
    I have a little oak in a pot,it's now five or six years old.Oaks take so long to mature,but with love and freedom to grow it may eventually be a fine tree.

    Enjoy your week,
    Ruby @ STARRY UNIVERSE

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  8. With love and freedom, may each soul walking the planet find a way to experience these blessings. Thank you Laura for your sharing your wisdom. Peace. xo Teri

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  9. Absolutely divine photography ~ so creative seeing the sacred in the ordinary ~ carol, xo

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  10. Dear Laura!
    What a thoughtful post and beautiful pictures!
    There is much to think about.


    If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong two each other.
    Mother Teresa

    Jorunn Norway

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  11. very sweet nature heart. :) i love the acorns, too.

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  12. My ever wise friend-amen and amen!
    I lift you words today as a prayer and a blessing!

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  13. lovely macro photos and wise words!

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  14. Wonderful macro that bring us the beauty of life, precious!

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  15. Very insightful post. Beautiful photos of some of nature's delights.

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  16. Thank you for sharing and caring. You are so right: We have to speak up, take more care of eachother, and dear to care.
    I really love you pictures. Nature can be so beautiful up close :)

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  17. Thank you for sharing this macro shots. They looks so beautiful! What type of camera did you use for this?

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  18. I especially love the might little acorns.

    ((hugs))

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  19. Beautifully expressed, Laura. "how can we be present as ambassadors of peace, of hope, of healing, take wise action without increasing suffering?" I ponder and pray on these questions daily. Maybe in our power of collective prayer we will find answers. I do metta loving kindness mediation daily, offering peace and love to all beings. If we all conducted such prayers, really felt that love-sharing daily, maybe... maybe the world wouldn't feel so torn apart. ((HUGS))

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  20. LOVE your heart shaped leaf and your acorns!!!

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  21. Cool Pic Laura. Love it! Have a good time and thank you for hosting ;D

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  22. beautiful post. our bombing the poor, brown people on the other side of the world is not only morally indefensible, but it also make us less secure. wonderful shots...

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  23. I am so with you on this, kiddo. Bombing people who have already been gassed adds to their distress and misery and would only breed more division and ill will. If any body of government takes action, it should be the UN platform trying to resolve things, not one or another countries. Sigh. Weary of war, indeed. It is no solution.

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  24. Praying for peace, looking forward to 1000 years of it when Moshiach reigns in Jerusalem. I like your sun with the ring of gold around it, and the detailed acorns.

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  25. Thank you for the wonderful acorns and for hosting, especially when you're so busy this time of year.

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  26. if only war could become a memory long forgotten...that would surely be my prayer as well....

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  27. could that war be just a memory...that would be the prayer for me as well...smiles...

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  28. Many thanks for stopping by - love yr blog & meme!

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  29. Agreed. Violence breeds Violence. It's a vicious game and it never stops. I would rather be killed, then kill! I taught my son to walk away from a fight every time, no matter what people think of him, whether that makes him a coward to others, what they think is irrelevant, you walk away, every time. He agreed up to a point he said he would never allow someone he loves or friend or even a stranger being beaten by whole gang without trying to help or protect the person. Protect when you can walk away when you can't.

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  30. Ii had a macro and forgot to post it!!! I will do so next Monday. I agree- two wrongs, etc. FIRST exhaust all avenues, of course. But sometimes, protection means defense. It is the aggression we must stay away from.

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  31. i agree - violence can never be an answer to violence...praying for wisdom for them as well...

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  32. I do definitely share your desire for peace Beautiful photographs again as always.

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  33. Laura, I agree the violence has to end. Your photos are lovely, the first heart is beautiful. Have a happy week!

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  34. Beautiful words and meaning ~ I am cheering and praying for peace ~

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  35. Violence begets violence! And the weak and innocents suffer. Hopefully Syria will not be another Iraq! Great pics Laura!

    Hank

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  36. I applaud your words, I love your photos, and approve your message. The answer is love never hate, the answer is to apply reason not to add to the insanity of it all. Well done.

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  37. Oh this is so well written. Just what I needed to hear this evening. I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the terrible news about Syria lately..not to mention everywhere else. It's hard to know who is right and who is wrong...but it doesn't really matter. Let's just stop killing each other.

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  38. I always love your images... And yes, let us hope that we can find a way to avoid more violence.

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  39. Laura, you helped calm me about the whole mess this week. Ironic, so close to Rosh Hashana, I was afraid the entire Holy Land was going to get blown up.

    I'm outspoken about politics and pacifism, so I was with you all the way. War is never the answer - but look who is asking the questions... Powers That Be, so far from Main Street, they don't even remember they once lived there. Great thoughts, and thanks for those hopeful little acorns! Amy

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  40. What a great post laura, and very courageous to speak out about how misguided the human race is at times.

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  41. I love seeing heart in nature. It's like the divine showing me his love in a tangible manner.

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  42. Laura, you express in your words and sentiments that which I have become too tired to keep repeating. At 65, I'm exhausted...with war and with unkindness.

    Thank you.

    "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, until the whole world is blind and toothless". Fiddler on the Roof.

    Lady Nyo (Jane)

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  43. I love the simplicity of these, Laura.
    Beautifully captured.

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  44. Your words/thoughts are so very inspiring!! And your photos are superior. Well done Laura.

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  45. Beautifully written,Laura. It boggles my mind why so many people think violence is the answer to ending violence. It just doesn't make sense.

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  46. It is sad when embracing non-violence can be considered political.... I hear you... Well said.... Michelle

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