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, December 14, 2013

I Heart Macro Week 31






in stillness 
one sees stars shine
upon a river's silk gown
 diamond studded lace collar
adorns a muddy shore in waves
grandeur comes and goes 
in unexpected moments
riding on the tide
of breath and
awareness
modah
ani


The bubbles were formed at the frothy edge of the Hudson river. I noticed our star, the sun, reflecting a starry night on the water and between the bubbles on a late afternoon walk down to the water while on retreat.
Being gentle with myself when intention, strays, I acknowledge that complete surrender of words in a world that is so beautiful is challenging for me. Quietude is full, yet praise rises and language bubbles forth from the silence. I am grateful for this life, for the gift of every sense door, for the blessing of thoughts, attention, silence and speech. And even if my simple words cannot fully express the majesty of experience, I am human and this is what we do, we open our hearts, we gush, we praise, we say thank YOU. Then enter the hush again, wait, listen for wholesome utterances longing for release. Returning to quietude again and again. (Modah Ani means I thank YOU in Hebrew)

Welcome to Week Thirty-One 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. 


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56 comments:

  1. Wonderful stars and bubbles in the source of life. Hope all is well with you.

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  2. Laura, these images are just stunning. The first one looks like a magical abstract.. like a starry night on a watery planet.. yes, ours. Beautiful.

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  3. Such beautiful photos....I love the poem especially "the river's silk gown"

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  4. Laura, I love your photo of the starry sparkles on the water.

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  5. Beautiful post, Laura. Thanks for hosting.

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  6. Beautiful words and lacy bubbles!

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  7. Wonderful pics Laura. Send you many greetings.
    Sabine

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  8. Love the lacy effect ~ gorgeous macro shots ~ thanks, carol, xxx

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  9. Lovely close up's and great to discover your linky. I'll have to link up when I have a good macro photo to share

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  10. Interesting compositions of shapes with bubbles! Greetings!

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  11. Soap bubble patterns are mesmerizing aren't they! Thank you for the lovely words.....

    Have a great week,
    Ruby

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  12. It's always so delightful to visit your blog. Your words, your photos really touch my heart. Thank you

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  13. Modah Ani, Laura.

    You are one of the most "attentive" souls with a will towards expression of this great gift we know as life; honoring; loving; reminding; teaching.

    ...
    I meant to write you a note pre-Thanksgiving, and join in the tradition of the quilt, which I find so beautiful, but "other" got in the path of my intention and time unravels. I will try. Thank you for thinking of me, and your lovely notes.
    Blessings

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  14. Very beautiful reflections this week. Love the bubbles. When the rain is just right, the pool behind our cabin is covered with bubbles. -- Margy

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  15. Great photos both in color and b&w!

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  16. Modah Ani, indeed, Laura...so beautiful and yes, you explain so well what we do as human creators...gather, give, retreat. ♥

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  17. fantastic macro shots of the bubbles - and beautiful poem!
    (today i have nothing that is good enough for your project.)

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  18. Those bubbles are lovely! I always enjoy your writings also Laura, thank you :)

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  19. Beautiful images! I'm visiting from The Weekend in Black & White, but have to confess that the first image is my favourite! The colours and the light are just gorgeous.

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  20. Love the bubbles too!! Thanks for hosting!!

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  21. So wonderful photos! Very nicely done!

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  22. I love the bubbles, they're very pretty. Thank you for hosting, Laura!

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  23. Dear Laura,
    I like the little bubbles very much and I love the stars and your beautiful poem!!! The last few days I needed a small vacation and a little quiet for my soul, so I also haven't spent time at my computer!!!
    Your wonderful quilt makes me so, so happy!!! All these lovely and warm words of thankfulness in the Gratitude Quilt!!! I love it so much! Thank you, for create this beautiful idea!!!
    I send you kind greetings, woven in love and light...Have a good and an enchanting week!!!
    Katrin

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  24. Your macro photos and your words were so poignant and beautiful. Some words do not breech quietude, I believe, but rather celebrate the peace and solace of quietude. Your poem is an example of that gentle celebration.

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  25. Your macro photos and your words were so poignant and beautiful. Some words do not breech quietude, I believe, but rather celebrate the peace and solace of quietude. Your poem is an example of that gentle celebration.

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  26. Both your words and images invite us to look really closely at things - the sea foam so beautifully wrought upon the sand.

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  27. Thank you for coming by sharing your creative photography on the Weekly Top Shot, #113!

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  28. Beautiful images and patterns. I love the little spark of light.

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  29. The first photo of the water with the many stars is so beautiful. I like the stars in the bubbles as well, and the poetry, looking for those sparks of light in our everyday events.

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  30. Thanks so much for sharing this post..now I can say that, "in a minute" I've seen "the bubbles of Hudson River"!! Lovely...

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  31. very pretty images. Things are just about frozen over here. It's been very cold and snowy these past few days.

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  32. I love those submissions - what great thinking outside the box!!! ;)

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  33. ah!! I like it , such a soothing piece

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  34. Love the shape poem and idea of macro living. Isn't that what poets do?

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  35. The poem and pictures are diamonds shining.

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  36. Look at all those tiny little bubbles - you do have a great eye for detail. Modeh ani - so much to be thankful for. I hope you are feeling well.

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  37. Laura, your words and images are lovely. It is amazing at the sights to see, if only one looks. Beautiful post, have a happy week!

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  38. Oh beautiful prose and photos and timely for me.... Hugs... Michelle

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  39. Advanced Merry Christmas & Happy New Year greetings and also Thanks and Smiles:) for ur support till now Dear Blogger Buddy God<3U:)

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  40. Lovely words and pictures dear Laura ~

    Wishing you Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays ~

    Cheers ~

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