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 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.


nurtured by decay
fuzzy folded ferns unfurl
slowly waking up

face to face love will arise
in the heart of the matter

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!



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 :-)

makro montag

59 comments:

  1. Lots of distant healing reiki hugs to your daughter and family ~ Gorgeous and creative photography as always ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  2. Awesome captures! Love your spring photos!
    Sending love to your daughter and your family.

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  3. I pray for healing for your daughter and a joyful Mothers Day for you and your family. I like your quotes, "no mud, no lotus" and the almost see through furled fronds you capture in these photos.

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  4. Lovely photos of the unfurling ferns. I hope your daughter is feeling much better now.

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  5. Ferns fascinate me, I love to watch them unfold. Here, in parts of Canada furled fronds of a young fern, are harvested for use as a vegetable. Beautiful photos Laura.

    Hoping that your daughter's condition can be brought under control, and she can get back to being a carefree happy teen.

    Happy Mother's Day!

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  6. Beautiful! I love the unfurling ferns. We're celebrating Mother's Day today and I want to wish all mothers a very special day.

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  7. You captured wonderful moments of a beauty of nature... Amazinf photos...

    Have a lovely Mother's Day...

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  8. Thanks for visiting my blog! :-)
    I love all your photos, but No. 5 is so beautyful!

    Have a nice sunday, Laura,

    greetings from Susi

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  9. Such beautiful, delicate photos! Lovely light in all of them.

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  10. You'll find my post at: http://hanshb.wordpress.com/

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  11. Love your wispy, curvy plants. Great photos! And thanks for reminding me about your challenge...I did one especially just now....and now off to bed to read my book:)

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  12. oops///and thanks for visiting Mandarin Orange Monday:))

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  13. Excellent series of macroo shots! Especially I like the third coloured one! So lovely these little leaves. Wonderful done! Have a nice sunday!

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  14. Beautiful macros. Happy Mother's Day!

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  15. Hi,Laura. Very beautiful macro shots. Your explanation is very nice too.
    I could upload my thumbnail photo by using google chrome.It's my pleasure. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Your macros of these lovely, awakening ferns are so, so wonderful, Laura!!! All these enchanting little leaves in the fifth picture are so cute...I love that photo...also the wonderful heart of light in the eleventh picture and the cuddling ferns!
    Your blog is such a beautiful place for me and I thank you so much for creating and hosting this great meme! :)
    Enjoy a wonderful Mother's Day & all the best wishes for your daughter, too!!!

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  17. Love the way ferns look in spring.. sometimes they look almost human in the way they bend toward each other.

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  18. Such lovely shots of the unfurling ferns.
    52 weeks is quite a milestone. Thank you for hosting this wonderful meme.
    Sending healing thoughts to your daughter.

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  19. Hi Laura, your macros are always a delight, to see nature as sharp and clear and up close is another joy. Congratulations to Week 52 of I Heart Macro and I do hope the doctor's can help with your daughter's health very quickly, and that she is soon feeling a lot better.

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  20. You macro photography is always so stellar Laura!

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  21. Wow, the detail in these is amazing

    Mollyxxx

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  22. may all your moments be filled with joy....enjoy a Happy Mother's Day Laura...my best wishes for your daughter...i always feast my eyes in this blog...such exquisite photos...enjoyed your tanka too.. :)

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  23. again - wonderful pics... Gratitude helps lift us beyond our own pain, fears and doubt.... that is so wise and at the same time so difficult to be thankful when the circumstances are not easy... all the best and a quick healing for your daughter as well...

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  24. such amazing photographs of life in the making.

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  25. Glorious photos, Laura....I hope treatment will afford your daughter more comfort and ease. Blessings to you and your family.

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  26. Happy Mother's Day to you, too, Laura. I hope your daughter gets to feeling better soon.

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  27. I will add your family to my prayers.

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  28. awesome photos of the unfurling ferns!
    hope your daughter will get better soon.

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  29. Gratitude- the plants coming up in spring, the insects happy that it's warm again, all nature seems to be full of it, but it does seem to need cultivating for us humans, and it's so easy to be distracted from gratitude and joie-de-vivre by our problems, your fiddleheads pushing up from the mire are a great illustration!

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  30. I love those buds, the awakening is magical ~ Happy Mother\s Day to you ~

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  31. Enjoyed the walk, and the photos.
    ZQ

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  32. Hi Laura, your family will be in my prayers, your daughter is so young to experience such. Maybe a change to vegetarian with all organic raw food will help. More power to you as it is very stressful for mothers. God bless.

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  33. its intriguing how they are nurtured by decay
    and gratitude allows us to fully appreciate what we have
    prayers for your daughter....

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  34. Laura, your fern looks so much fuzzier than mine, lovely shots!

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  35. Beautifully said with such stunning images as always. Thank you for the last 52 weeks. Hope your dughter gets the relief and the healing she needs.

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  36. I love watching the ferns rise early in spring...gorgeous!

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  37. This is the first time I've linked from this blog for a photo. I am new at macro but have been enjoying your wonderful photos for awhile now, Laura. Thanks for this opportunity. My link isn't appearing above so I may try it again. Barbara

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  38. Gorgeous! I also had a macro of a fern to post today, but for some reason it doesnt seem to be showing up on the Linky list :(

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  39. these are so stunning!! how magical!

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  40. Your photos are gorgeous! I love these unforling ferns!
    Thank you for giving us the place to share our shots for 52 weeks !!! (and hopefully much more weeks in the future ...)

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  41. Your photos are gorgeous! I love these unforling ferns!
    Thank you for giving us the place to share our shots for 52 weeks !!! (and hopefully much more weeks in the future ...)

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  42. Ah! This time I got the link right! I love , love, love the ferns at this time of year! Just stunning -your photos!

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  43. Congratulations on your 52 weeks. This is such a wonderful meme. Though I don't participate, I do notice the little things more now.
    Laura, sorry to hear about your daughter. I send her my prayers.
    I hope you are doing well.
    I've been out of blogger land for some time. Am resuming and am glad to visit you again.

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  44. Ah! such a beauty, seems as if a mother is cuddling her child:)

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  45. Dear Laura,
    I am grateful too - for 52 weeks of an most inspiring idea of yours! Loving ferns I enjoyed this post and the saying is great. No mud no lotus, seems true. I hope you will have a lot of lotus-flowers after all the thick mud, you have had to go through. All the best wishes to you and your daughter! Hugs from Sarah

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  46. Such wonderful unfurling.
    Not to worry about visiting Laura, family does first.
    At this distance there is not much else I can do for you except pray for you both. That I do every day.

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  47. Laura, as came here through the Imaginary Garden...how approriate. I'm so sorry for your daughter's health problems. *sending some healing energy* You fern pictures are so lovely and tender. I wish you and your daughter all the best. x

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  48. Lovely lighting of macro captures. I also hope your daughter feels better. Healing prayers your way.

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  49. Beautiful words, words of wisdom, from heart to heart... thank you for sharing with all of us and may you have the strength and good health to yourself, daughter and the whole family, now and always! lots of joy and positivity, too! And thank you for your kindly message, as well! All the best, Alexa T.

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  50. I agree... Beautiful words and photos... I hope your daughter responds quickly to the meds, but I bet she is a trooper and takes after her Mom.... Michelle

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  51. I am happy to share that DH bought me a Nikon macro lens. Hopefully next week's link up I will have my own close up love to share. Nice photo session and thanks for hosting. My prayers to your daughter for recovery and for God to guide the doctors in her treatment. Have a good weekend!

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  52. The ferns are so lovely and you do them justice with your wonderful photos! Hope your daughter heals quickly!

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  53. I hope that your daughter heals quickly, what a hard thing to live with at such a young age.
    thank you for the series of photos of the ferns; I have never seen this stage of them.

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  54. Those fern photos are exquisite.

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  55. Blessings to your daughter. Exquisite photos.

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