nurtured by decay
fuzzy folded ferns unfurl
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face to face love will arise
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Saturday, May 10, 2014
I Heart Macro Week 52
Hod sh’b Netzach
Gratitude within Eternity
On this the 26th Day of Counting the Omer Rabbi Yael Levy teaches:
We open to whatever is unfolding in our lives and reach for gratitude.
Gratitude helps lift us beyond our own pain, fears and doubt.
Gratitude helps us find the strength to stand in the moment
and discern the path forward.
For 52 weeks we have taken walks on our own, with slow deliberate steps guiding us to see, to be awake to the small mundane miracles here in our expansive world. For 52 weeks we have joined together as a community, sharing the love up-close, the beauty, the strangeness, the curious observations that invited us to pause in singular moments of delight and awareness. For 52 weeks we have gathered the visual fruits of our attention for all to witness through windowpane links here on this page. For 52 weeks we have drawn closer to what is barely visible to the naked eye and to each other recognizing one another human-to-human sometimes sharing our struggles and joys through story telling poetry, and of course photography. For 52 weeks we have dared to be brave no matter how skilled we do or do not believe we are as photographers, we have showed up and displayed what we have seen as the eyes of our hearts continuously open and we learn over and over again to focus on what is present; shadow, texture, form, color, light, perhaps the emotions evoked through deep looking, noticing the sacred ordinary, suddenly extraordinary objects and subjects we may have passed right by had we not taken the time to pay attention to this life unfolding moment by moment, breath by breath. For 52 weeks I have felt incredibly grateful to be on this I Heart Macro photographic journey of waking up with all of you.
On a personal family note, my daughter has a new area of inflammation in her colon that will be treated in the coming weeks and months as her doctor works with us to calm down the ulcers and swelling so that she can live with less discomfort and more seventeen year old happiness and vitality. It has been an emotionally intense week. Thank you for all of your prayers, kind messages and patience while I've attended to family matters.
To Every Momma,
I Wish You a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
I have learned, forgotten am learning again it is through the muck we grow; creativity ingenuity resilience are often birthed and cultivated in response to life challenges. As the saying goes:
“No mud, no lotus” (nor ferns!)
Above is an expanded view of the shadowy"fern-gully" in the woods behind our home.
Last week I was only able to visit a handful of your blogs. We had the largest amount of participants ever, 71 links!!! This is an incredibly full week of doctors appointments and other appointments, I will do my best to visit when I can. What an honor it is to host this meme and view the world through your eyes.
Once again, this linky will be open all week.
Welcome to Week Fifty-Two 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!