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, March 22, 2014

I Heart Macro Week 45



behold these leaves folded in prayer
grace the small space between them
certain only that what is not yet manifest
will become what it must be

this week my body
ripens to forty-nine
day by day as my life
unfurls like a new leaf

may faith sustain me
in the mystery of
becoming



 map of this hand no longer smooth
opened folded opened again 
even before first breath
each line a testament 
to one human 
journey



easily tucked into a pocket
and pulled out again
when feeling lost
to find exactly
where i am
now

Welcome to Week Forty-Four 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. 

apologize for not stopping by to view your posts last week. Life is much bigger than blogging, I do my best, and greatly appreciate all of your beautiful offerings, even if I don't drop in and say hello.

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68 comments:

  1. Such loving and creative photography ~ divine in all of them ~ lots of healing xxx to you each day ~

    artmusedog and carol
    www.acreativeharbor.com

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  2. "may faith sustain me
    in the mystery of
    becoming".. so lovely and so sensitive post, once again!! Have a pleasant Sunday!

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  3. LIfe's journey does show in our hands. You have a birthday coming up it sounds like .... I ;m sure it will be joyful.

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  4. Such a lovely way to great a new year of Life. Happy Birthday to you, beautiful Laura. Wishing you health, happiness and love. And many, many more such celebrations. Hugs.

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  5. Beautiful captures and thoughts. I wish you a Happy Birthday!

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  6. Happy birthday to you, Laura, and thank you for hosting.

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  7. I love your first photo! So much beauty.

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  8. Happy birthday, Laura. Beautiful photos and sentiments to usher in your new year. We are always in the process of becoming as long as we are alive. There is so much to appreciate about each new year. I love the leaf folded in prayer.

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  9. Heisann!

    Thansks for your lovely words on my blog, Laura!
    And you find such brilliant poetry to accompany your pictures!
    I tried to reach the opening of the last topic, but failed. Here it is today instead!
    Have a nice time ;:OD)

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  10. hey i hope you have a great birthday...becoming is a journey...not always easy...but def worth the living....smiles....and a healthy dose of prayer certainly helps...smiles..

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  11. Looks like spring is on its way where you are at! Lovely. We're still waiting...snow is partially melted but no blossoms or buds yet...

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  12. "In the mystery of becoming". Happy Birthday - how fortunate the world is that you share some of that journey - love the image and photo of hand and notion of you always being there "to find exactly where you are now". Great poem... Happy Birthday all the year through - Bravo!

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  13. Happy Birthday Laura....wonderful lines and photo...beauty well captivated.. :)

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  14. i love how the lines give testament to our journey - happy birthday laura and beautiful pics like always..

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  15. such beauty in the photos and your words... amazing.

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  16. Many happy returns of the day, Laura! Lovely post and thanks for hosting.

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  17. It seems fitting that your birthday is celebrated as spring begins and life begins anew "certain only that what is not yet manifest will become what it must be." Wishing you the happiest of days and beautiful awakenings as your journey continues ~

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  18. Lovely words and images.... thank you.....

    Happy birthday wishes!
    Ruby

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  19. Wishing you a beauty-filled and transcendent 49th year on this planet, Laura.

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  20. Beautiful photos and words! Wish you a happy birthday , dear Laura!

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  21. Happy birthday, Laura! I turned fifty a month ago so I can somewhat relate to your questions. Faith is one the the things that really matter.

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  22. Have a wonderful birthday week, Laura. I love "may my faith sustain me in the mystery of becoming".

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  23. Happy birthday to you ~ May the year be full of blessings and good cheer ~ Unfurl and bloom again ~

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  24. Beautiful images, both yours and all the others who are with! Great new week!

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  25. I am so impressed of your photos, Laura!

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  26. Happy Birthday to you, lovely Laura. I wishing health, love, happiness, succes and many more for you.
    That's great macro-shots Thanks 4 sharing and hosting this nice project.
    I wish you a happy evening and have a great new week, Wieczora (◔‿◔)| My photoblog

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  27. Is this comment space for your latest poem? I always get lost here and often give up before getting to the comment place--but today, your milestone age grabbed ad held me so that I echoed the leaves in prayer. So may it be, your prayers come true. Take care of yourself Laura. Life gets better and better.

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  28. I decided to offer a little food for the soul this week. Happy Birthday!

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  29. I like the vein close up of the leaf.

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  30. Beautiful poetry and photographs. Happy Birthday to you!

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  31. Beautiful picture i like it so much.

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  32. Love the hand pictures with the lines of life !

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  33. wundervolle Makros, die Handfläche finde ich besonders interessant.
    Lieben Gruß aus Deutschland
    Jutta

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  34. So lovely!!!

    http://www.pienilintu.blogspot.fi/

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  35. Happy Birthday, Laura, enjoy celebrating YOU. Beautiful words this morning.

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  36. And such a week in which to journey towards 49.. What a sense of renewal it must bring to you to see things coming back to life. I love your image of the leaves as hands in prayer. That is very beautiful in thought and description.

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  37. Happy Birthday to you Laura! Your hand shows good lines! Great pics as always!

    Hank

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  38. May your new year of life be full of love, joy, healthiness, stars, hearts, sunshine and rainbows!!!
    Your photos and your words are so, so beautiful!!! I love the tenderness of the little, praying leaves...such an enchanting picture...that touch me very much!!!
    I hope you enjoy a wonderful time!
    Wishing you all the best :)
    Katrin

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  39. Amen.

    Awww... happy forty-ninth!

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  40. What a beautiful way to express your birthday. I wish you tons of happiness. The pictures are wonderful as always and your words are always full of wisdom.
    I've been gone for a while and will be gone for most of April Just wanted to stop by and connect today. I miss my blog friends. Hope you are well.

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  41. A wonderful post .... your close ups are awesome!

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  42. Happy birthday - and all the best for you!

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  43. those sweet new leaves DO so appear to be in prayer. Thank you for opening my eyes to this!

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  44. Happy Birthday, Laura! Your images and post are lovely!

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  45. This is a wonderful macro. I like your interpretation of it.

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  46. That is a wonderful macro. I liked your interpretation to it.

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  47. happy birthday, Laura, wish you all the best! beautiful photos and words!

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  48. Lovely captures Laura! "In the mystery becoming", I like that. I am becoming this week as well, but this body has 10 years on yours. Happy Birthday!

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  49. I do like this post, hands tell so much.
    Have a nice day.
    Mormor

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  50. The words go so well with the praying hand-like buds of the plant, very special. Our hands do so much for us, it's great if we remember to praise God with them like the rest of His creation.

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  51. Gorgeous captures, Laura!
    Love the young fern fronds on the side bar, too.

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  52. The macro of the palm of your hand is amazing, love that shot

    Mollyxxx

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  53. Lovely photos.
    Looks like we share a birthday month - mine was yesterday, Happy 49th to you!

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  54. Lovely shots and words. Very creative to use your hands.

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  55. Those "folded hands in prayer" are a pure delight! And your 49 year old hands are much prettier than mine - and mine aren't q-u-i-e-t yet 49 - I have a few months to go!

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  56. Love the leaves captured praying...I am praying with them for spring.

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  57. This is beautiful Laura...gentle like you are... hugs..Michelle

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  58. A truly wonderful post - thank you for this.
    Happy Birthday too!
    Anna :o]

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  59. A wondrous view! Happy birthday-your posts always highlight joy-I hope you have a beautiful year~ @>--------------

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  60. inspirational as always Laura, thank you.

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