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, April 5, 2014

I Heart Macro Week 47


iced buds held captive
habits can freeze us this way
what will set you free?









On Monday, March left our trees, bushes and last year’s tired grasses laced with ice, buds frozen, rivers running high and fast. The sun darted in and out of clouds with variable winds, mild to wild throughout this first week of April, islands of snow are shrinking away, leaving clear cold knee-deep ponds in the woods. Meanwhile sleeping beauties are showing signs of waking up slow.






Getting ready for Pesach (Passover) is much like cleaning out, repairing and refreshing a nest. This is what I am thinking as birds sing their love songs, busily preparing their homes. Hours of rain have done much washing outdoors, while indoors my hands and body are tired from sweeping, vacuuming, washing, washing, washing, rinsing away crumbs and sticky spots that have accumulated in unexpected places over the past year. As I clear away the physical gunk, I feel release and relief. My inner home is becoming lighter and clearer as well; simple repetitive tasks done mindfully have a way of expanding heart and mind space. Still, there is always so much more work to be done. It is good to have the bird chorus as company rather than a radio when the vacuum is turned off.

Welcome to Week Forty-Seven 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. 


Due to preparations for Passover and other things in my life that need attention, I will leave the I Heart Macro link open all week, with a new post next Saturday evening as usual. Again, I apologize for not being a very good blog neighbor and visiting you in return. I'm so grateful when you leave comments and I feel happy knowing that you

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39 comments:

  1. I have your back this week with some color to brighten your soul. I hope your ice melts quickly!

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  2. Always such lovely photography of nature's gems ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol

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  3. Spring has certainly sprung with all its beauty in your world, Laura. We're still under too much snow but in the meantime, I'll enjoy your beautiful photos.

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  4. As I was scrolling down I was thinking you might still be having winter weather. What a relief to see Spring has arrived at your home Laura.
    Love your macro buds.

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  5. Beautiful pictures! It seems like a late beginning spring...
    Have a blessed time

    I cannot linkup today, it always returns error
    http://maschas-buch.blogspot.de/2014/04/the-buds-are-awakened.html

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  6. Starklar für den Frühling..
    tolle Bilder

    LG vom katerchen

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  7. Poor buds. I hope they survived the ice. Absolutely gorgeous photos!

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  8. There is much hope in spring buds!

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  9. Such lovely serie of spring signs! Glad that the warm weather finally it arrived (as normal actually for this month)! In our area i'm not sure of it and what to think... Some will say that in the last two days the "autumn's rains have come back"... All the best, Laura!

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  10. Looks like Spring is finally springing in your part of the world, Laura. Thanks for hosting.

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  11. What lovely welcoming signs of Spring.

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  12. our crazy weather patterns are still causing oddites like your stunning macro bloom image!

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  13. Fabulous photos.............Beautiful series!

    Wishing you a wonderful week,
    Ruby

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  14. Lovely b&w photos!
    Well done!

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  15. Beautiful photos in winter and budding spring. I hope warm days will make an extended stay and spring will burst in full bloom where you live.

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  16. These photos are enchanting. The water droplets are spectacular. Like worlds within worlds.

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  17. The macro photos are extraordinary ! So creative !

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  18. Great pictures and a lovely combination of seasons. I'm so waiting for more sun and light!

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  19. Spring is definitely coming our way .....

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  20. These images are stunning Laura, love them!

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  21. We were spared the ice thankfully and now we are thawed and starting to bloom.

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  22. The icy photos makes me shiver. :-) Lovely pictures!

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  23. I guess you will have learned well how to be patient when spring does finally burst forth for you. I hope all your cold and ice will be gone soon. The buds look so full of promise.

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  24. Gorgeously icy and I also like the spring buds.

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  25. Heisann!

    Have a nice days, Laura ☺️

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  26. Brr on the ice! Have a wonderful Pesach. I will try to find that rejuvenating spring spirit instead of just going through my to do list. Helps that we have beautiful weather here.

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  27. A shot I haven't seen around in awhile - stunning! With you on habits freezing us. I'm still thinking about an answer....

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  28. I was thinking how the rain is washing clean the yard as I clean inside...lovely photos... hugs..Michelle

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  29. Dear Laura, I am thinking on your haiku... the imagery of those frozen buds... they remind me of little hands... and the answer I get for me is my imagination, allowing it freedom to be and create and to honor that process of discovery... Wishing you a meaningful Pesach... it will be another marker of letting go for me... I am so grateful to have your sweet spirit in my life. Thank you!

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  30. Luckily the habit of winter is broken.

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  31. your preparations resonate in my heart fully! moving with intention through the tasks of care taking right beside you dear friend.
    spring is a treasured re birth and renewal that i love to embrace on every level.
    feeling the love!

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  32. If I only had your attitude about cleaning. The images here seem to offer us the breath of spring, for which I am grateful. I wish you a blessed Easter.

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  33. Great pics Laura! Always know where to go for beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing!

    Hank

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