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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As the days grow shorter and the nights longer it is a joy to continue spreading the light threaded through our Gratitude Quilt 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014

I Heart Macro Week 36



I remember green
ivy heart tearfully stained
not so long ago

not so long ago
hope burned despite long suff'ring
red fingers reached out

on streets and pulpits
diverse seeds defied strong wind
not so long ago

not so long ago
silver pods sowed peace on earth
dreaming a new day








We are actually experiencing snowy weather and temps dropping again this week after a January thaw. And yes a fresh generous blanket of snow is covering low lying seed pods and grasses as I post this. 

Welcome to Week Thirty-Six 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.


Honoring and remembering  
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
and a handful of powerful words he gifted the world with:


“Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.”


May we all be bearers of light and love in this world, 
each in our own unique way.

linking to:
rurality
nature notes
our world tuesday
weekend reflections
weekend in black and white
macro monday two
poetry pantry
real toads
d'verse



51 comments:

  1. You found some lovely closeups to photograph this week, Laura. We are still covered in snow (in spite of the "thaw", which didn't melt much), and the temperature is about to plunge.

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  2. stunning macro shots! fantastic details..
    and also wonderful words.

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  3. «Louis» thanks you for sending him the link to this page!
    :-)

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  4. I love your water droplet cover leaf, it is gorgeous.
    Thanks for hosting Laura. Hope you are having a great weekend.

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  5. Wonderful post Laura and those photos are incredible! Wishing you a wonderful week.

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  6. Such beautiful details in the macro shots!
    I fail to observe them in nature.

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  7. Hi Laura, first time posting here. Your pictures are beautiful! And the first one is my favorite.

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  8. Silvery feathery pods - so delicate like gossamer!

    Have a lovely week ahead.

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  9. I love raindrops on the leaf. Seeds are also beautiful !
    Have a nice weekend !

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  10. Heisann! Once more, a great post, Laura!
    Have a nice week ;:OD)

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  11. Love the silver seed pods......there's always so much on offer when we look closely. Beautiful photos and words Laura - thank you!

    Happy Sunday!
    Ruby

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  12. Laura, Such a beautiful post. Sending much love and giant hugs. xoxo

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  13. Great pictures Laura! Have a great new week!

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  14. I like your poem. If peace can exist once, it can happen again.
    The pictures are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing them with us.
    Have a great week Laura.

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  15. Beautiful shots! Our winter only started this week and it seems this cold weather will continue.

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  16. Glorious words and photos, as always, my friend.

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  17. I love your foto!...so great light and motiv:)
    Happy new week:)

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  18. Hope my post is 'macro' enough!

    Nice plant details - enjoy the snow!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  19. How wonderful your words are, dear Laura!!! And your photos are beautiful, too. I love the green heart and the silver seed pots very much!
    I hope you have a good and bright week, full of love!
    Katrin

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  20. nice double chain on the verse....i like the reaching out....the diversity of the seed...which to me is the people....

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  21. Oh, I remember green too.....and I dream of the time when it will be green again... Nice tribute to Martin Luther King. May his message live on!

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  22. Winter has not arrived here yet but I enjoy seeing other people's winter. Lovely photos and poem, Laura!

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  23. Beautiful photo with amazing details..

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  24. Such a beautiful poem and heart-shaped leaf!

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  25. Your words and photos always speak beauty...the delicate heart shaped is gorgeous

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  26. Lovely deep haiku and stunning pics.

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  27. Wonderful words and beautiful photo!

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  28. I should comment on the black and white photos, but I'm finding it hard to see past the stunning beauty of your jewel-like ivy leaf. One occasion when colour beats everything!

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  29. Really beautiful images and words Laura, thank you.

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  30. Fabulous captures here especially that leaf...I need more green but we have more white and cold....brrr!!

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  31. gorgeous pix, Laura, and well crafted words ~

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  32. It's been a while since I've been here Laura - lovely work: "dreaming a new day indeed..." With Best Wishes Scott www.scotthastie.com

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  33. Gorgeous, gorgeous shots, Laura!

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  34. The first photo of rain gems on the leaf is exquisite. And love the macros of the pods.

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  35. Lovely images, Laura! The lighting is beautiful. The first ivy heart is beautiful. Have a happy week!

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  36. "not so long ago
    silver pods sowed peace on earth
    dreaming a new day" -- so tender, so beautiful.

    Your photos are glorious, Laura, as are your words.

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  37. Dear Laura,
    what a wonderful series, love your macro shots!
    Wish you a nice week,
    moni

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  38. Wonderful shots. Love that ivy heart!

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  39. I am surprised you are able to get out with your camera... Lovely macros Laura..I have you linked it, it was a linky issue for a while....stay warm...Michelle

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  40. Laura you always fill my heart with glory and goodness! Thank you and hang in there with your girls-there are days like that~ Thank you for your comments and your friendship~

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  41. Beautiful post and photos ~ gems ~ glad you didn't get the snow ~ we got 12 inches ~ thanks for your comments ~

    carol, xxx
    www.acreativeharbor.com

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  42. Wow Laura, those photos are spectacular, very beautiful.

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  43. Definitely wonderful colors in this heart - leaf, nice photos!

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  44. Beautiful captures. Hope you're staying warm.

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