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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, October 26, 2013

I Heart Macro Week 24



Left behind in the haste of migration
lovingly placed on another pilgrim’s  
altar.

Pausing, reverent, devoted heart open
with intimacy she savors a moment already
passing.

A gust lifts and whirls miniature tornados,
the flotsam and jetsam leavings of one more
autumn.

GUSTS as if to say: “Move along, move along,
scatter your remains, nothing here belongs to
you.”

She knows its true, that’s why
she marked time with ephemeral
offerings.

Things are not sacred. But living tenderly
with gratitude, she muses, surely must
be.










Ten years, two knee surgeries, a seizure disorder, a recurring cyst on her side that fills and drains randomly, diapered in the house; when let loose in the backyard she still runs in giddy, dizzying circles around me, kicking up leaves like a pup. Suddenly she stops, looks around aware that things have changed, gives me that, wait a second puzzled look. I volunteer her question, "Seriously Mom, you've got some splainin' to do!?"

I stroke the underside of her chin with my hand, ruffle that unruly coif; tail starts wagging. She’s gently sniffed several kitty friends through the seasons as each one lay cold, fur soft as ever and oh so still in a cardboard box. She’s followed us into the woods to say goodbye, even helped us dig the dirt. She’s led me to their graves many times, knows exactly where their bones rest beneath the earth. And I wonder; does she understand that like the fallen leaves, and the migrant birds, who’ve left “calling cards” behind, all of us are just passing through? Maybe for a dog that isn’t even relevant. She lives completely immersed in each moment, rejoicing in the arousing scents of autumn, the pleasure of confetti-strewn grass that crunches under our six feet. I reframe the imagined dialogue. “Seriously Mom, you’ve got some splainin’ to do! Why aren’t you running around like me, this is amazing, I’m totally out of breath?”


Walking through the back yard, standing as witness to poodle bliss, kneeling on the earth to find small joys of my own leaves me breathless too. 



What tiny treasures have you photographed this week?




Welcome to our Twenty-Fourth 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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106 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post Laura..... Hugs... Michelle

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  2. Poodle bliss indeed! How similar our dogs if not our seasons are.Mine runs mad circles around me and a mile up hill behind my car to our upper gate, while I huff and puff at any incline or when simply walking or bending over. Even though my days are very limited and limiting, I still enjoy each and every moment. Somehow life and everything around us is in sharper focus with diminished physical ability. Everything becomes more precious, from a trembling leaf, to a simple cup of ted.

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  3. Lovely captures Laura! I am so happy to see your sweet girl enjoying autumn!

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  4. It looks like someone is really enjoying the fallen leaves. I love to see dogs playing like that. Love your feather and leaves macro.

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  5. Ah!! such a sweet poem for the lost feather:)

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  6. Great detail on the feather! I love your dizzying dog - I also like to rip around in the crunchy leaves (well, I shuffle through them).

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  7. You have make beautiful photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

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  8. Great pics and i so wanna cuddle the dog, it`s so cute!

    Simone

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  9. Great image series you show Laura. Wish you a good Sunday :) Hanne Bente ♥

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  10. Lovely photos Laura. The feather detail is beautiful, and your dogs joy is a lesson to us all.

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  11. What a wonderful serie of photos! And what a cute dog! Brilliant photos of this feather! Nicely done!

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  12. Hi! Very interesting story. Your poodle is very cute. Thank you for hosting.

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  13. what an enthousiastic dog ! :)

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  14. Laura thanks for sharing your great images and thoughts. I think,as winter approaches,the fragility of life shows itself so clearly.
    Animals are amazing,they can live in the moment completely.

    Happy Sunday!
    Ruby

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  15. Wonderful shots, Laura. I particularly like the first two!

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  16. hi puppy! SMILES...things arent sacred...i think some are, but i def get your point and the sacredness of life....nice trreasure you found along the way

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  17. Oh Laura, these pictures are wonderful!!! All the beautiful colored leaves, the feather and the little heart :)! And the photos of your cute Poodle lady make me happy. Animals are lovely beings! We can learn a lot of them. I wish you with my whole heart, that you can run, with your little dog, soon.
    Have a nice sunday and a good week,
    Katrin
    (P.S.: I have problems with the upload of my pictures from my computer.I don't know why.)

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  18. Reading this through misted eyes - I type quickly as tears gather. Exquisite, crisp, a perfect autumn love song on so many many levels. Bravo, m'dear. Bravo! :)

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  19. A beautiful reflective poem Laura! I particularly like the closing lines. Great photos!

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  20. If we all lived caringly with gratitude, what a beautiful world it would be. Happy day to you, Laura.

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  21. You've captured the beautiful spirit of a dog to perfection...what a lovely post and your dog is precious! We lost our corgi one month ago - my heart still aches for her daily. What a presence she was and she taught us all about how to properly live life. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous words and images!

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  22. What a lively and lovely dog! We can learn from nature and animals to be grateful and carefree. Beautiful words & photos :)

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  23. Clytie would love the leaf shots for Random Hearts, they are both very cool.

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  24. Autumn does lend itself to introspection...and the remembrance that we are all just passing visitors. Dogs, though, seem to cut through to the heart of the matter. They live life fully...no matter their follies. Animals have taught me a lot over my lifetime and the largest lesson is to seize every moment and take as much pleasure as you can from it. Beautiful, Laura, as always.

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  25. Yes, a beautiful range of compositions with pinkish tones and shapes, beautiful leaves! Good photos!

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  26. Divine post and your doggie 'steals the show' what a darling ~ and her Mom is such an 'enlightened and creative being.' Happy Sunday to you ~ carol, xx

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  27. Wonderful, fun passes it the dog running through the blanket of leaves, exquisite photos!

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  28. What a lovely dog - exquisite shots of him in Nature!

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  29. Beautifully written thoughts!
    I love the contrast of the feather in the leaves.
    You certainly captured your doggie's joy.

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  30. An awesome post Laura, love your photos, especially the one of your cute little fur-baby. Her eyes speak volumes! I am entering today, so it's been a while :)

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  31. Eine sehr schöne Bilderreihe!
    Schöne Grüße,
    Luis

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  32. Your post really touched my heart. Beautiful photos and beautiful words. (And thank you for visiting my blog!)

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  33. A wonderful post Laura. I love this Dog and the feathers ♥
    Many greetings Sabine

    Sabine Gimm - Photo

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  34. Love your happy dog in autumn leaves!

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  35. lovely photos and words!
    what a wonderful dog you have. she seems enjoying life.

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  36. Beautiful shots. I love to play in the leaves like your dog.

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  37. Ahhh ... this makes me smile. "She lives completely immersed in the moment ... " Our natural world and the beings in it have so much to teach us. Namaste.

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  38. Your beautiful baby is absolutely precious! Her eyes seem so filled with joy and love - its wonderful! I just started following you but I already am in love with your fantastic photographs and stories and poems! I love love love this one as it touched my heart deeply. Thank you SO much for sharing! x

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  39. Living tenderly, with gratitude... says it all! Beautiful :)

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  40. such beautiful details from your autumn season

    such tender thoughts and feelings

    lovely day to you !

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  41. Great shots. My favorite is the feather atop the leaves. Enchanting.

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  42. What joy to see her running in the leaves, to see the aliveness in her face - what heartache to think this might be her last fall. Thank you for letting us see her vibrant Being in the Moment....such a beautiful girl....I love your poem too, especially "lovingly placed on another pilgrim's altar".....

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  43. Ahhh poodle bliss is THE BEST!!!!

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  44. a giddy, happy pup! i like that little heart leaf, too.

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  45. Your photography is so lovely.... the colours so rich and textures really interesting. And what a lovely puppy dog:)

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  46. Your leaves continue to be so beautifully photographed, but this time you added the feather and that wonderful story. Your companion is so dear...there is nothing like the unconditional love of a pet. Your post was very touching. By the way, I love my books. What wonderful lessons they have to teach.

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  47. Love the autumn poem and leaving offerings on another pilgrim's altar. You really captured the reason we love our furred companions. Your level of caring shines through all...

    Elizabeth

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  48. Hello Laura,

    It has been such a long time since I've stopped by your blog and I am so glad that I have since I always find such beauty and peace here :) Thank you for always sharing with us in such a touching way!

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  49. It is wonderful to live gently in gratitude. That's what your little poodle teaches us. Love your pictures Laura. How beautifully you capture beauty.

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  50. Katselin ja ihailin 'kuva-aarteistoasi'...
    Mainiota työtä - aiheet ja toteutus loistavia.
    Terveisin Eko
    Suomi/Lapland/Kuusamo

    Kiitoksia vierailusta, kommentista ja mukaan tulosta 'Eko-Kuviin'
    http://eskoalamaunu.blogspot.fi/

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  51. so wunderschön..eine Feder vom Specht?
    LG vom katerchen der einen guten Wochenstart wünschr

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  52. Splendid clicks, Laura!! specially love the 2nd photo..
    Awesome looking your dog.

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  53. such lovely words...and yes dogs are so full of joy and innocence ..and unburdened by thoughts of future!!

    http://www.myunfinishedlife.com

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  54. Wonderful images!!! I can't decide whether my favourite is the feather and heart leaf, or the dog racing in circles!!! And such true words!!!

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  55. The poodle shots are precious, I especially like the one of the ground spinning beneath the dog as it runs. The seasons are winding down and so are we... but we need to keep on running that race.

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  56. Hello Laura,
    What a wonderful autumn shots. Great to see all that beautiful colored leaves.
    The shots of the running dog are so cute. Very funny!!

    Many greetings,
    Marco

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  57. Laura, je n'ai pas fait de macro de coeur...
    mais j'ai pensé que, dans quelques photographies prises hier après-midi, il pouvait se cacher ou être à l'abri ;-)
    Alors, j'ai posté pour vous ces quelques mots et photographies sur ma page...

    Amitiés...

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  58. Super series of autumn shots Laura.. Your poodle pal is too cute and very brave also, you were so lucky to find each other..

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  59. Hello, what a handsome dog and beautiful pictures!
    Hugs Crissi

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  60. the fur baby is my favorite. nature shots are always compelling.

    you remain in my thoughts and prayers.

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  61. What a nice little heart ! It looks like an inkwell for the feather !

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  62. Your images and words are both beautiful and thought-provoking.

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  63. what a joyful visit with your poodle! in my mind, I accompany her in jumping with delight with God's gift to us- autumn's glorious colors! Are the thoughts at the beginning of your post yours? Whether they are or are not, magnificent!

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  64. Laura, your words are so beautiful. As always your photos are gorgeous. I am always blessed to visit here.

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  65. Oh your sweet poodle! I have often wondered how she was doing. And now I know. Her life is full of joy! Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  66. I love seeing your dog's exuberance and reading his thoughts, through you! I look at the leaf piles and see work; nice to contemplate another perspective!

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  67. Lovely words and post, Laura! Your doggie is a sweetie. Enjoy your week ahead!

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  68. Such a beautiful poem and eloquent narrative you have written! It's wonderful to see your sweet poodle expressing such joy.

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  69. Oh my, I think I just fell in love with your precious poodle.
    Such a beautiful post.
    Made my heart so full of joy!
    Thank you, dear Laura.
    All your photos are beautiful.

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  70. I love the heartwarming story about your pretty poodle!

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  71. I want her happy dizzy circle dance~
    Magic in this verse :D

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  72. Lovely photos of that cute poodle, looks like she enjoying the beauty of autumn. :)
    Have a great week!

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  73. A tender post - I adore the feather and the celebration of you dog! I have a Goldendoodle - but he looks like a poodle - runs like a poodle, plays like a poodle (and over 7 years old!). Loved your reminiscence and your dogs inquiring gaze "lets run!" :) Very sweet.

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  74. What exquisite shots. And the joy of your dog is contagious!

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  75. you have wonderfully captured the essence of life....greatly enjoyed the photos :)

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  76. you havewonderfuly captured the essence of life.....enjoyed the photos... :)

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  77. Oh, I can see that doggie had a lot of fun.. she savors a moment already passing. Loved that line!

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  78. Laura, thanks for the invite to do a macro post...I will try and remember this coming Saturday.

    Love the feathers...such wonderful detailing.

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  79. Thanks for inviting me to the macro meme! I've added mine.

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  80. The photos of the feather and the leaves goes so tenderly well with your words...

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  81. love the found heart and how she has fun in the leaves... ah we can learn something from dogs...living in the moment... and taking life like it is... and look at those eyes..

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  82. Lovely words & autumn pictures ~ Thanks for your lovely comments in my blog ~ Take care ~

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  83. Wonderful poem. I love the gentleness of it. Great photos as well! I love walking around my neighborhood with my camera in Autumn. :-)

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  84. Beautiful photos and words of compassion..

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  85. Oh, your dog looks so happy. Wonderful photos of delight.

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  86. Dear Laura, I am sad to hear about your dog - but it has finally peace now, doesn't it? I have a request (first have to tell my link didn't show up now?) could you please make your blog a bit wider? - It is very easy to do with Blogger - because I really have to scroll and scroll to find where to make a comment and where to add my link for this lovely challenge. Thank you so much, Laura for all - (If you don't know how then let me know? .. I have added my macro at this spot... http://cordes.re/blog/bog/?p=782

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  87. It was a beautifull dog, we can never forgot ours pets,and life pets is short, love the text and composition leafes.

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  88. she's sweet. and those first two photographs are amazing. sue

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  89. Beautiful leaf mosaic! Thanks for visiting my blog. Greeting from Japan.

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  90. That first image delights my heart!

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  91. Awe...how sweet she is and your photos and prose are so beautiful... My daughter bases a lot of her psychological therapy on mindfulness... I am going to get that book... Michelle

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  92. Wonderful post Laura. Dogs truly understand how to live in the present moment. Dianne

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