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 26, 2014

I Heart Macro Week 50























every little day the worlds brand new
the sun comes up 
the clouds are rolling through
everything else is just up to you
every little day, the world’s brand new
~Greg Greenway



Click the full screen icon in the bottom right corner to enlarge the video. It is short and enjoyable, sure to make you smile from your heart upward and outward.

My husband and I saw Greg Greenway perform this song live in a similar venue the year the album Something Worth Doing was released with friends. I can't even believe how many years ago that was now. I remember he told us his wife had just had a baby. That evening we had no idea what was up ahead, the depth, the enormity, the sheer number of challenges and losses all of us would face in the days, weeks and years to come. We just loved being together, singing along, receiving the gift of music, appreciating friendship, immersed in those precious hours of joy and laughter. Over these years babies were born and loved ones have died and through it all kindness has flowed. This week, looking at new buds here and there, flowers finally pushing their way through the soil this song has been my constant companion. 

Thank you everyone for you kind words and prayers. We are in a holding pattern it will be a few more weeks before all the tests are complete for our daughter. She's living life with adolescent passion. It is pretty had to slow this girl down.

Perhaps because of the difficulties, rather than in spite of them we have learned to be grateful for something, small or big, every little day. Perspective reminds us that no matter what happens or doesn't happen, in Greg Greenway's words "everything else [your reactivity or response to life's inevitable challenges] is just up to you."



every little day
challenges fall at your feet
how will you greet them?

one breath to the next
ice melts heart softens
and the world’s brand new!

and when you forget
(there are moments we all do)
look inside look out-

enter this moment
receive what is truly here
every little day.




Welcome to Week Fifty 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!


There are a lot of heart forms in this post, 
how many do you see?

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 the necessities of family needs coming first, am once again extending I Heart Macro to last a full week. For the time being I will only post on Saturday evenings at 8pm. This means you can add your IHM link and visit one another any time through next Saturday until 7pm before the next IHM link opens. If I don't visit you, know that I read and appreciate every message.

Visit each other...
S  p  r  e  a  d  the  LOVE. Thanks :-)

linking to:
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mandagsema


72 comments:

  1. Great post and I love your spring shots! You and your family are still in my prayers.

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  2. Beautiful! I love the unfurling ferns. Have a great day!

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  3. So beautiful to see your awakening world Laura while mine is ever so slowly winding down. Blessings upon you all, especially your darling daughter. Waiting is the hardest time of all when our imagination tends to run riot. Every day in this life is a challenge, as you well know, the difference is in how we face it.

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  4. I see magic and beauty in your photo's, best wishes.

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  5. Your spring flowers and buds look great, waiting so long must make them very special. I'm going through some trying times too, it's so hard watching other people go through problems and not be able to help.

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  6. Thank you for hosting.
    The crocuses are especially beautiful.

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  7. Now that is my kind of worship! I think photo2 is my favorite (purple and ice). Sending well wishes you way.

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  8. Such beautiful spring photos. The world is rejoicing.

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  9. Such beautiful spring shots. There is such hope and beauty enclosed in each new .little bud.

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  10. every little day / challenges fall at your feet....so true...sending my well wishes to you and yours Laura....beautiful photos...

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  11. wonderful images- have a lovely week!

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  12. This is an amazing array of springtime photos and wonderful words of wisdom to accompany them.

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  13. Laura, gorgeous images and macros! Love your cute puppydog! Sending my prayers for you, daughter and your family..Wishing you all a happy week ahead!

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  14. Those purple tulips are absolutely spectacular. And so nice to see your beautiful dog, enjoying springtime in the woods. May all go as well as possible for your daughter. Blessings to your family!

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  15. Beautiful sequence of shots.

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  16. great series of spring macro shots! love the colors.

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  17. Lovely pictures ~ And every day is a blessing ~ Happy Sunday to you Laura ~

    Grace

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  18. Lovely colors. Can't wait for all our flowers to start blooming.

    Betsy @ BPhotoArt

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  19. Aways refreshing to visit your site Laura - thank you again... With Best Wishes Scott www.scotthastie.com

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  20. Is there anything more charming than a happy dog and spring blooms? Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers, Laura. May your week be blessed and beautiful.

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  21. Beautiful spring shots!
    Have a nice day!

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  22. An absolutely amazing series of macros. Love the pup!

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  23. Many great and beautiful photos!

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  24. Wonderful photos, I love these macros Wonderful! Exquisite detail and colors!

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  25. Beautiful photos and your words are so encouraging

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  26. Hi,Laura. Thanks for sharing. I tried to upload a few times,then I suceeded to upload. Your photos are very beautiful. Early spring photos are very beautiful. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

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  27. Gorgeous crocus blooms and lovely buds.

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  28. Time flies Laura! Thank you for all these beautiful flowers and the pretty pup :) I am happy to be able to link today.

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  29. So many beautiful macro shots ! Hope you still have left some for next week, :) !

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  30. Great series of spring macro shots!

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  31. wunderschön
    besonders der Krokuss mit Eis..
    LG vom katerchen

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  32. Dear Laura,
    thank you for the text and the photos from early spring (the best is lying ahead of you!). I hope, your daughter will be better (and well again) soon, the sentence about her being slowed down went straight to my heart...
    All our best wishes to you and your family!
    Yours Sarah

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  33. Heisann!

    Thanks, laura for your nice comments. Your close ups are wonderful... poetic!

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  34. Such a wonderful and beautiful series of photos! Your words and images are always an inspiration!

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  35. Beautiful Flowers and a sweet Dog :O)

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  36. These images are stunning Laura, the dog is beautiful and the words, well they are HOPE!

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  37. Lovely photos all. One of these days I might remember to link up with your macro meme.

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  38. What a perfect song to accompany I Heart Macro (and all of your blog posts). Your photos alone bring joy and your words add even more. Wonderful post.

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  39. Most of the globe seems to be blooming! :)

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  40. Wonderful macro's here. My favorites were those Ferns.
    Such a pretty dog, it has a happy expression on it's face. Thanks for visiting my blog via Camera Critters.

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  41. how we meet those challenges says so much about who we are....smiles...love the capture of the water in the first two shots....

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  42. A great variety of macro shots.... well done!!

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  43. So true.. so thankful for positivity in the way you depicted our daily life...
    "This week, looking at new buds here and there, flowers finally pushing their way through the soil this song has been my constant companion..." (...) Perspective reminds us that no matter what happens or doesn't happen, in Greg Greenway's words "everything else [your reactivity or response to life's inevitable challenges] is just up to you."
    I want to thank you and also to wish you to have all the best for you and family, lots of energy, positivity and good health!

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  44. What a lovely series of spring pictures!

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  45. Stunning macro shots .... Spring is really beautiful :)

    Irene

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  46. Beautiful buds and blooms Laura! And one pretty sweet pup too. Sending healing thoughts your daughter's way. I hope all will be well.

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  47. Oh my...I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter, Laura! My prayers, my light and thoughts are also with her...I hope she'll get well soon!!!
    It's good to read your encouraging words, look at your wonderful pictures and hear that beautiful song!!!
    Nevertheless, I wish you and your family a beautiful dance into the May!
    May the light of this month, spend power to all of us!!!
    Much love
    Katrin

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  48. It is so spring in your post, Laura! Gorgeous shots of nature!

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  49. Hello, sweet Laura! These are so wonderful. They fill my eyes to the brim! Happy GHT!

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  50. Beautiful serie of flowerphotos.
    Great compositions for SWF.

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  51. Gorgeous shots of nature's beautiful colors in all its glory from ground to sky ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  52. Laura, I had to look for what I had missed with regard to your daughter. I am so sorry to hear about this. I worked with someone who had that. I know what it is like to have a child with Heath issues and how even good stress is still stress. If it helps, we were always concerned about getting ready for collage and what would happen. Our child wanted to move forward.... Your child will too. If only we could keep them sheltered and pain free..... Many hugs

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  53. Lovely captures, particularly the one against the blue skies.

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  54. You have so many love macro shots. I need to look for more opportunity to take macros. What kind of meds is she on? My doctor has me on Humeria. My symptoms are really mild, if any at this point. Saying a prayer for her. God bless!

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  55. Laura, Thank you for sharing here...sending light and love to your daughter and your family...
    and yes,
    every little day
    x..x

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  56. Refreshing and encouraging. Makes me feel so alive. Great macro shots.

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  57. oh, i love seeing your blooms up close. so awesome!! peaceful too. have a lovely weekend. ( :

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  58. beautiful blooms and photos. loved the watery reflections.

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  59. Lovely macro photographs. Many good wishes to you and family. <3

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  60. Being "in the moment" is not something I have mastered, but I'll keep trying!

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  61. All your photos are beautiful, especially the second one. It looks like ice cracking on a petal.

    I am saying a silent prayer...for all of you. xo

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  62. Lovely photos and words, Laura. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!

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  63. Enjoying every shot. Thanks for stopping by.
    Sending prayers to you and your family.

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  64. Hi Laura, just catching up with things at your end and sending you thoughts and prayers for peace. Thanks for continuing to link up with Reconnect with Nature. Your photos help me remember to soak up all the beauty around us. Be well xx

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