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.

I have been so blessed to have Alicia Brown as one of my physical therapists. Her compassion, deep listening, knowledge and skills are aiding my body to heal. Three weeks ago her family’s life turned upside down when her husband Chris was diagnosed with leukemia. They found out yesterday that he will need a bone marrow transplant later this summer and will be out of work for a very long time after that. This loving family of four (they have two sweet little girls) could really use our financial support at this time. When I asked Alicia if I could add a link to their Go Fund Me page on my blog, being a person of humility, she replied, “No, you don’t need to do that.” I responded, “I don’t need to, but I want to. There are few things I can do in the world to assist others, because of my own illness. Please let me do this small thing and ask others to join in, give us a chance to do something good. This is why we are here on earth, to help one another.” She cried in appreciation and agreed to allow me to share their story and post this. That said, I hope like me you will open your hearts and pockets, click the link below, read more about her family and offer a donation.

Chris And Alicia Brown's Fund


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Saturday, April 12, 2014

I Heart Macro Week 48

The last thin sheets of ice coating the bog clearly reveal life ready to break through, as this landscape that is not “land” renews. Cautiously proceeding forward cracking shards apart, rubber boots wade along slippery boards just below the surface of frigid water, high from snow melt and spring rains. My figure casts a shadow into the light along this freedom path, heart softens, fresh breath inhaled, a new day begins.

Chag Pesach Sameach
Happy Passover

To learn more about the Jewish Holiday of Passover/Pesach, which begins Monday evening at sunset, explore these blog posts:

Welcome to Week Forty-Eight 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: 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. Thanks :-)

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  1. More beautiful and dazzling photos ~ Hope all is well ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  2. A great shot of 'walking the plank' with nature just bursting to spring forth. Have a happy Sunday.

  3. I so love your photos. I wish someday I can take photos as cool as these!

  4. Lovely images, Laura. Glad to see Spring is arriving in your part of the world.

  5. I love your shots of the ice! Have a wonderful Sunday!

  6. "A wise heart softens" - love this phrase and the heart photo.
    Wishing you a Happy Passover!

  7. Dear Laura,
    My days are full with lots of work and not so much time for the computer in the moment, too. It is therefore that I'm very happy to find a little bit of time, to be a part of your wonderful meme again :)
    I love all the beautiful light in your photos! The buds give hope for Spring! Even though I love the white heart very much, I wish you the ice melts soon!
    May the enchanting Spring begin!
    Enjoy a warm, sunny and wonderful time :)

  8. wonderful heart. beautiful colors! lovely reflections.

  9. Namaste wonderful to see you visit my your spring shots here. was just outside and noticed my crocus were up...and the bees were enjoying them as well. I will post to your macro tomorrow. sending light and love...hoping all is well.

  10. Wonderful photos! The sense of flow in that first one is marvelous, but I dearly love the one of your shadow in the bog… :-)

  11. Your macros are very beautiful.

  12. Beautiful compositions with exquisite colors! nice photos!

  13. Your macros are especially beautiful this week. I've never seen heart-shaped ice!

  14. What wonderful signs of spring! I know you're a happy camper!

  15. The first once look like modern art ! beautiful pictures !

  16. Wonderful photos! Love them all! Have a great week!

  17. Liebe Laura,
    das sind wundervolle Bilder. Aber was mich auch noch aufmerksam gemacht hat: die Diagnose Multiple Sklerose... denn auch ich habe MS seit 9 Jahren.

    Liebste Grüsse,

  18. Wonderful icy images...with our hot weather all is melted and blooming waiting for the cold to return this week. Happy Passover!

  19. The blue psychedelic reflections on your water are sensational! You are having to be so patient waiting for spring, I hope it is fabulous. Chag Pesach Sameach!

  20. So beautiful signs of Spring!! love that pond and shadow, too... the heart of ice... what a magical serie!! All the best and a happy week till Easter!

  21. These are amazing Laura and I needed a peaceful visit tonight. Thank you...hugs...Michelle

  22. Great pics Laura!
    Have a great week ahead!

  23. Such lovely shots - I like that heart of ice!

  24. Dear Laura,
    your photos are full of trust, hope and beauty. Thanks for sharing and have a nice week!
    Yours Sarah

  25. Beautifully captured in words and images.

  26. You have such amazing eyes for beautiful photos, Laura! They call for a long quiet attention.

  27. Wonderful and artful collection of photos Dianne

  28. Always so much beauty here..the second image is like a delicate necklace...

  29. Oh, my goodness--these are exquisite. I especially love the ice heart, and then the intricate design in the tips of budding leaves. All of your photography here fills my eyes to the brim. ((hugs))

  30. Continues healing blessings from my area of PA. About an hour from Philly. Having an interfaith family doubles our spring celebrations.

    One of our sons also had health issues in high school that were compounded by stress. Being lactose intolerant wasn't helpful, but he knows what he has to do to stay healthy. :)


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