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.


Sunday, June 8, 2014

I Heart Macro 56

Sorry so late again. Two set backs. One my computer hard drive crashed. My husband was able to take it in for repair, but I didn't get it back until late yesterday afternoon. And, it seems I may be having an exacerbation or pseudo exacerbation (flare of old symptoms). This is a little like a hard drive crashing in my nervous system. I've been noticing vertigo creeping in for the past week, and I've been exposed to more people/germs going to pt for my ankle recently so it may be a virus I picked up, stirring things up a bit, it is difficult to say. Whatever this is, it really hit hard Saturday morning with the added bonus of dysarthria that hasn't left since I woke up along with some other familiar MS symptoms yesterday. If there is no change by Monday we'll call my doctor. Usually three days straight without improvement is the rule of thumb, unless there is something brand new going on, I wait to see if things pass on their own before contacting her to find out if she wants to see me, do an MRI, a short boost of steroids or nothing and just wait things out It is a delicate balance with the Gilenya and low lymphocytes in choosing whether to use solumedrol which further impacts my immune system. 

I apologize to if my writing isn't the best… my thoughts are not completely clear, sometimes when flaring my language processing gets messed up.

Living with a chronic health condition like multiple sclerosis has it's downs and ups… the ups are laying in bed with nothing to do. Simply appreciating two gorgeous sunny days in a row, listening to bird song, viewing the bright blue sky and verdant leaves from the vantage point of my back on our bed bed as I look out the window over my head. 

Enjoy the woodland beauties I discovered on walks over the past couple of weeks. Viewing them again, takes me back to the joyful moments of discovery, it is as if I am right there feeling awe in Creation's beauty once more. I am certain this is healing for my mind/heart and I suspect my nervous system as well the more I read about rewiring the brain.

Who knows maybe by morning all will pass and I won't need to go to to the doctor, or have tests or solumedrol. "Patience" and "Faith," these were the words that I sensed on Shavuot as the Torah wisdom I needed to receive. I will rest with these intentions, let them infuse me as spiritual medicine no matter what else happens.


Welcome to Week Forty-Six 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!

resting soul infused
with faith and patience healing
pink petal memory

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. 

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  1. I hope that today and all this week finds you with the symptoms abated and you in good health. You have a great upbeat attitude as you watch the sky through your window. Have a blessed day.

  2. I thought there might have been a health issue for you.. Sigh.. the not knowing and the ups and downs and fears ...that is MS. I hope these symptoms pass and you can remain on the med that seems to be helping and not need the solu-medrol..Funny I have an MRI on my remaining breast next week and I have the same anxiety as I do for my brain MRIs.. Such is MS and cancer..... Sending healing gentle hugs your way...Michelle

  3. Beautiful photos like always! Take care... Hugs

  4. I hope you'll feel better soon. Thank you for hosting.

  5. Lovely images Laura. SO sorry to hear about the MS flare. I too have been battling a flare, I have Optic Neuritis again and have lost 80% vision in my left eye. The docs and I have to chosen to wait it out with no steroids. The outcome of the damage will be the same with our without them. I hope you are back on track soon. {hugs}

  6. I hope my photo can add to the peace and joy and help you heal.

  7. Your macros are lovely and your words are just fine sweetie. Sending healing energy your way for a quick recovery from this recent set back.

  8. So sorry to hear that you aren't feeling well. I pray you feel better!

  9. something went wrong when I posted my pic. I can't figure out how to remove it. Can you do that for me? sorry for the inconvenience

  10. I like your photos and I sure hope you get better real soon.

  11. Hi there - hope that your health sorts itself out soon!

    As a "linky" host I sometimes get a bit worried if I think my post will be late - but the truth of the matter is that the sun will rise the next morning, and people will still visit if the link up is a bit late - I need to remind myself of this on occasions! There really is more to life than the web!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  12. I love that you always find the positive and the beauty of the natural world, whatever is going the vision of you lying in bed enjoying the view out your window and counting your blessings. You inspire me! Rest well, and may the symptoms ease as soon as possible.

  13. Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well, I know what it's like living with a chronic health problem as I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and System Sclerosis or Scleroderma. It wasn't so long ago that I was incapable of doing much at all. I hope you are feeling better soon.

  14. You are my 3rd dear pal who lives with ms! Does it choose only the finest most interesting people??!! *Sigh* Hang in there! I wanna get in on this macro meme.

    Fond ALOHA from Honolulu
    =^..^= <3

  15. All the best for you, love and prayers :-)

    (I have almost similar concerns and my eyes are getting weaker, which also scares me ... and no one finds cause, there is no one at all to look for it )

  16. Hi Laura, i am so sorry about what is happening with your body now! I am sending light, love and power for you! I wish you well, and thanks once again for hosting despite everything! Take care.

    The first time i saw wisteria in Sweden, i was smitten. Regardless of the invasive habit when grown in the tropics i still love them, but i don't have the time to care for it though. At least hoyas are not that invasive as the wisteria.

  17. Your macros are so beautiful ! Don't worry about linky ! There is always somebody in the world for whom the linky is far too early or very late ! I am sitting in the middle, lol !

  18. Your flowers are lovely, Laura, I admire your peaceful attitude amidst your trials and my prayers go with you during your health crisis.

  19. Lovely images Laura. I hope you are doing better. I know how frustrating it can be to have to heal with little to do. Sending waves of healing love your way!!

  20. Lovely macros and haikus, Laura.
    Hope today finds you feeling better.

  21. Oh my - such exquisite shots!

  22. You've taken stunning pics, thanks for them!


  23. Very nice pictures! Have a great week!

  24. Wonderful photos! I love the light in the first one!
    All by best wishes for you and your health!

  25. I love your macros, and your views on how life evolves <3 You are such an inspiration, in so many ways! Thank you dear Laura!

  26. Beautiful photos, and feel better!

  27. Nice macro,
    greeting from Belgium

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  28. Dear Laura, it is so wonderful to be walking here with you through your images and words... you are one of the lights in my life. When things get hard, I think of you and how you inspire and encourage even when it is difficult for you. May faith and patience hold you gently. These are two attributes that I struggle to accept and learn from... They are amazing teachers. You are amazing. I am so grateful to have you in my life. XO

  29. Hope this finds you feeling better today. Many good wishes to you Laura. ;-)

  30. Sending you lots of healing hugs again ~ chronic pain is not fun to say the least! ~ Divine macro shots as always ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ xoxo ~

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  31. dearest,
    i am holding you in love and understanding. to savor each moment, you are such a comforting reminder to do just this.


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