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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, March 29, 2014

I Heart Macro Week 46





death and rebirth
painful messy necessities
squeezed through narrow openings
pushing out of a sphere a womb a tomb
a pocket of habit that no longer nourishes
fits nor protects even the air has grown stale
insight dimmed by cataracts of complacency
 now exhale one last blast of dying breath to
shatter the frail shell of your broken home
inhale and discover a soft forming yolk
sticky wet winged transformation
painful messy necessities
death and rebirth


I awoke to the clatter of ice pellets on the roof this morning and the soft moan of rain accompanying it. The wind is starting to kick up. Our back yard is mostly an island of snow with scattered muddy slush ponds on the edges and occasionally breaking through the field of white. Our house is on a hill, neighboring yards are mostly muck with matted grasses. It is a gloomy Monday. This week's I Heart Macro includes photos of what I believe is an insect home clinging to a branch and a poem about death and rebirth… appropriate for "spring" and every moment of our lives as we are continuously dying to one thing and being born into something new.
Welcome to Week Forty-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!

I think this is some kind of insect house.


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.

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apologize again 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, please...

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34 comments:

  1. Wow! Awesome format for the poem!

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  2. Lovely post, Laura. Without death there cannot be life...
    Thanks for hosting.

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  3. Oh yes, death and rebirth. They occur not only in nature but in our lives as well. Out of death rises life indeed....sometimes we have to wait a while, but it happens. Happy Sunday, Laura.

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  4. love the layout of the poem and the deep thoughts specially of
    rebirth...

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  5. Lovely and divine macros as always ~ be well ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol

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  6. amazing poem! I haven't done a concrete poem since I retired. I think I shall give one a whirl soon.

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  7. they are messy and painful but both processes are required for our growth....and you have to break the eggs to find life at times...

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  8. Excellent photos! I love the detail.

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  9. I love this full circle poem. And the plant in the photos is stunning. Otherworldly, even.

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  10. A lovely serie! Love the b&w ones!

    My B&W Blog: http://hanshb.wordpress.com/

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  11. Heisann!

    Some of my latest post and those to come are from the south of France where the Cathars lived... they believed in a life after this on earth... some kind of reincarnation...
    Have a nice week, Laura ;:OD)

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  12. "Two faces of one medal"...orinstead of conclusions: "...painful messy necessities
    death and rebirth"!! I see...
    Meanings, feelings...
    A blessed Spring!

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  13. Photos full of delicacy and surprising, and interesting these macros!

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  14. Painful, messy necessities ...so true..Love the photos and your poem

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  15. Hi! Nice captures. There are similar kind of insect balls in our country. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Yesterday i hav’nt enough time, but today:
    That’s realy gorgeous macros!
    Thanks for sharing, for hosting this nice project and happy week, Wieczora (◔‿◔) | my photoblog

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  17. Death and rebirth, the cyle of our lives ~ Lovely photos as well Laura ~

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  18. Fascinating images, Laura. I like how your poem took on the shape of the pod-like structure.

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  19. A perfect poem of life, spring and your found insect home...perfect for today for me!!

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  20. Beautiful poem reflecting the shape of the oak apple gall.

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  21. This macro reminds me of something we used to see on our Oak trees in Italy, we called them oak apples.

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  22. Your form poem is wonderful! The technical aspect had to have challenged, as you got the shape just right. And the words... well, total truth, distilled!

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  23. What an interesting sphere Laura!

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  24. Spring is all about re-birth! Amazing shot of that seed or insect house...

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  25. Every year winter seems to teach me of death, but in the oak gall is the evidence that a life made an impact on a tree, and spring gives me hope of a new life, a rebirth without sickness and pain.

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  26. Great photo! Is it wasps house
    ?.I found something like this full of wasps. It was awful.

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  27. Interesting! Is is a nest of some kind?

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  28. Yes we had ice too, but then a warmer day..I am opting for rebirth.... Michelle

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  29. that thing/nest looks awful..i haven't seen anything like this before.

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