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, May 24, 2014

I Heart Macro 54


ever so humble
elevated in the eyes
of those who look close





Like a child I delight in dandelions before the rain... and after. How grateful I am for quiet focused attention; in simplicity and stillness I am called home to the present moment. For a few blessed breaths, worries drift away. May it also be so for you.




Hineni. Here I am. On this the fortieth day of Counting the Omer  Rabbi Yael Levi writes: "Grounding ourselves in the moment through gratitude and awareness…Opening to the call of our lives…" Then she goes on to teach a meditation practice  calling ourselves back to the moment with the word Hineni. Here I am. I do this often when my mind wonders into thoughts and worries when sitting in meditation and throughout the day. Photography has also become such a practice for me. 

I wrote my blog post before reading her words for Day 40 last evening. I am grateful to be in alignment, to return again again, comforted when I become lost in the wilderness of worry.




Welcome to Week Fifty-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


Hineni. Here I am.


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. 

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



55 comments:

  1. How graciously you honor the lowly dandelion, calling all who visit to stop to notice the beauty in the ordinary! I especially love the last two photos!

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  2. Beautiful! I love the dandelion seeds and the waterdrops. Have a great Sunday and thank you for hosting!

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  3. That's an overlooked flower - and the water drops are splendid. I will link up once I have a post!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  4. I love your drops of water on the stalk, vibrant with life and reflecting the green around it. Happy Spring!

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  5. Hi,Laura. Nice captures. Your macro photos are very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Delightful shots, Laura. I really like dandelions also.

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  7. Oh my - these are spectacular shots.

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  8. Always elegant and divine photography here ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  9. Wonderful colors and exquisite flowers ! Nice pictures !

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  10. These are all so beautiful!

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  11. such beautiful photos!
    wise words!

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  12. Wow, gorgeous dandelions pictures with monochromatic ones♡♡♡ I wish I could take macro pictures (^^;)

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  13. Oh Laura I am so glad someone else enjoys dandelions. I don't think there are many of us. :)
    Wonderful macro work!
    The light in the seed shot is gorgeous!

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  14. I've always love dandelions. Great shots and post.

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  15. wie gewohnt, wunderschöne Aufnahmen !
    Man kann von dir nur lernen :-)

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  16. beautiful pictures

    thank you

    Greetings from Germany
    Traudi

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  17. Dear Laura,
    I hope your worries will drift away... A philosopher said, that worry is the core of human nature. But so might be awareness and gratitude. All the best to you and your family, especially your daughter!
    Yours Sarah

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  18. Such beautiful photos! Have a wonderful week!

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  19. Nobody shows gratitude and beauty the way you do, Laura. Always.

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  20. Your photos are always so awesome. You inspire me to take better pictures!

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  21. Lovely shots Laura, I've also documented this flowers "life"

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  22. Lovely, lovely, lovely dandelion shots Laura.

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  23. Another wonderful read Laura, and the most amazing macros.

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  24. So wonderful to see and read this post...worries have plagued me since my surgery 10 days ago....but I am clinging tight and coming back around again.

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  25. Hi Laura,
    your photos of the Dandelion are wonderful. The raindrops are also fantastic.
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  26. Beautiful pictures - and after having a week of worries behind me, too, I'm more than grateful for all the beauty here on your blog!

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  27. Lovely meditation (and reminder to spend more time doing exactly that). Thank you for sharing and, as always, for hosting.

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  28. "For a few blessed breaths, worries drift away. May it also be so for you...." so good to hear these expressed words!! Lovely blooms of dandelions, the raindrops, sunny moments captured in b&w shot to let us see a moment of blessing! Many thanks for all of them and for the kindly written words...All the best to you and family! Alexa T

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  29. Wonderful images and inspirational words. Alignment is one of these words which can mean so much!

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  30. Such a humble flower, such wonderful wine it makes. Like sunshine in a bottle!

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  31. "Grounding ourselves in the moment through gratitude and awareness".. I needed this today..thank you..I love dandelions especially as they are the only nectar source early in the spring..Michelle

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  32. Lovely words and images, Laura! It is always a delight to visit your blog. Enjoy your week!

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  33. Hi Laura - thanks again for linking up with Reconnect with Nature. Your blog is quickly becoming one of my favourite places to visit. Thanks for the thoughtful words and images you share with us all. xx

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  34. Lovely shots of the different stages of the dandelion.

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  35. Beautiful pictures of dandelions
    and great in black and white

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  36. Such beautiful photos! They are so lovely.

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  37. So beautiful...and wonderful flowers...

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  38. the water droplets are awesome!

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  39. your haiku is a gift of wisdom; taking the time to listen carefully, to look more closely, elevates each moment and all with in it.
    xo

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  40. It's true: The closer we get, the more amazing things look!

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  41. Your dandelion pics are perfect ! Well done !

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  42. The thing I like the best about dandelions is that they are most likely the first flower a child will pick and give to their mommy. I could never call a dandelion a weed because of this. Your photos of their puff ball stage are gorgeous.

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  43. Beautiful b&w photos!
    My post at: http://hanshb.wordpress.com/

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  44. The dandillion looks so great in black and white, Laura!
    :)

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  45. what a touching ode (haiku) to the lowly dandelion, appreciated by so few of us. however, in the Sunday edition of our local paper, the greens of the dandelion are consumed in salads by an Amish wife/mother who shares her column.

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  46. Lovely shots!!! Looking at the B&W (from weekend in B&W)...really like the last two B&W shots! They remind me of starbursts or fireworks...lovely lighting.

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  47. What beautiful photos of the humble dandelions! Lovely!

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