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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, June 14, 2014

I Heart Macro 57






You must get very close, down on your knees atop the wooden planks provided to view carnivorous round leaf sundew flowers, glistening amid moss and water in the land that is not land, the wondrous bog near my home. These plants are beautiful and tiny. The second photo with the oak leaf pointing to a single sundew and thin pine needles give a sense of this, I think. I wish I had been able to take clearer pictures, but there are limitations to my camera and my ability to steady my hands.

These photos are from a few weeks ago. I’ve been bedridden since last Friday with lots of muscle spasms, vertigo, fatigue and dysarthria. Not knowing when I will be up, out and about again, I will share bog photos though they are not up to date (life cycles change so quickly) until I can take a walk with my camera again. I can see through the windows that there are new flowers blooming every day. They appear nearly as small as the sundew from this distance, from my second story bedroom. I feel a little sad about what I am missing, and grateful too that the world keeps blooming whether I am able to see it up-close or not. How miraculous. The rain comes dissolving dead plant remains from last year adding nutrients to the soil, the sun shines warming the earth, and photosynthesis takes place, new flowers bloom. Nothing is wasted. All the while I rest in bed listening to rain, birds and the hum of passing bees through glass windows.

Poetry is sleeping inside of me right now. It will wake up, and I will have the  focus to visit more of your blogs again, in due time. For now providing this linky space is what I have to give. I know it is possible I will lose blog followers due to my lack of neighborliness, I am sorry if you feel hurt, neglected. For now, this is just how it is, the energy I have, like my camera is limited. Thank you for sharing the love up-close through I Heart Macro with me. Your contributions are delightful and greatly appreciated. 

Doesn't it just lift your spirits when you see something small and exquisite in the world that you might not have noticed if you hadn't taken the time to really look? Even viewing photos from the past brings me joy.

Happy Father's Day to my Dad, to all of you who are fathers and to all of our dads!

Welcome to Week Fifty-Seven 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!


I have learned that last night's raindrop poised near the tip of a blade of grass transforms ordinary to sacred when seen through the patient, curious eyes of the heart. Awaken to the awe of this precarious, precious moment.

Shine the Divine


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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. 

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33 comments:

  1. Sending you lots of distant reiki healing hugs ~ be well treasured spirit and always beautiful macro shots ~ xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  2. I was so hoping that you would be up and around. The horribly hot weather we had couldn't have helped either. I hope this resolves quickly and it isn't much comfort, but your post gave me a shove away from how I was feeling after not being able to do something that I wanted to... but I am up and around and able to take photos so I have nothing to complain about.. Gentle hugs... Michelle

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  3. I am sorry to hear that you are going through a hard time. But your words and insight are lovely and i will think that the world is blooming for you, offering you new life to drink in spirit and be born anew. Your photos are very very lovely! Sending light.

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  4. Oh yes, dear Laura, it is the small and exquisite that lift my spirits, and fills my soul with joy. Kindred souls, you and I, in more ways than one.
    I have had to take some time away from blogging the past week due to an MS relapse as well.
    What can I possibly say that could make your pain less felt, other than, I understand, and hold you in my heart and thoughts.

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  5. I know Sundew flowers also - when I was a small child, my father showed me at the Brocken-Moor (here at the German division limit). But now it is gone ...
    I pray for you, better phase of life will soon - it must be very bad and sad (so I 've felt always when everything bloomedaround and I in bed..).
    No problem if no comment at my blog - you are not forgotten!
    Much love and good wishes

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  6. Those tiny plants are fascinating. I'm so sorry you're bedridden. Don't worry about visiting and being neighbourly. Take care!

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  7. Heisann!

    Fantastic macro, a magic world not known for everyone!
    Have a nice Sunday ;:OD)

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  8. Beautiful images, Laura. They look like works of art. Hope you feel better soon. Sending you love & light :)

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  9. Dear Laura,

    You had been on my mind lately and I am glad I visited. Your photos are a delight as usual, but I'm so sorry to hear you are bedridden once again. You do have the best outlook on whatever is happening with you - truly inspiring! Take care of yourself!! Love, Silke

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  10. stunning macro shots!
    wish the best for you.

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  11. It takes your special eyes to see the tiny sundew blooms. The first one with the wonderful pink color of the sundew tendrils against the blue reflected light of water is just breath-taking. I wish for you wisdom and guidance in the path to your healing, your response to being bedridden is so inspiring, it is amazing you still wish to provide your links, I am grateful.

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  12. I'm sorry you are not well. with bed rest you should be up and out walking with your camera in no time. lovely macro shots shared today.

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  13. Wow, I have never heard of a sundew flower - that are so unique looking! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Your pictures are beautiful ! I think blogging is such a good thing for you especially when you are feeling so bad !

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  15. Hi Laura,

    so great shots - thanks for sharing!

    Best Regards from Frauke

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  16. Your photos are stunning and beautiful! I hope that you´ll feel better soon! All my best wishes for your health!

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  17. Stunning pictures. Really great detail.

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  18. As usual, fabulous job on the close ups! I look for new opportunities to use my macro every time I am out now. Unfortunately, I don't find exactly what I want to shoot most of the time. Thanks for hosting the macro fun!

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  19. Dearest Laura, I wish you all patience and faith as you wait. And you know I understand this waiting…

    We lost our beloved friend Lady, almost two weeks ago, just shy of her 14th birthday. We are heartbroken, and yet even in the heartbreak, there is gratefulness for her presence in our lives these last 14 years.

    Praying for you to have all grace for the waiting, and that you will soon also know ease from your present sufferings.

    As always, sending love.

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  20. How I love them! They are especially beautiful, but to know why nature made them beautiful is a bit strange ... great photos! I have never seen then IRL ---

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  21. Lovely little blossoms! Feel better soon. And I never expect a visit to my blogs.

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  22. Duh, I thought I added my link Sunday, evidently not. Your first shot is so very cool, love the colors!

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  23. Great colours and details! Hope you feel better soon!

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  24. I am sorry you are not feeling well, take care! And I wish you well. Your images are always a delight!

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  25. Exquisite shot of the raindrop!

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  26. Your work really does shine...or glow. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing on Mandarin Orange Monday at google + this week:)

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  27. Those are gorgeous pictures... hope you get well soon.

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  28. M'dear Laura … (((love))) & (((healing))) … The beauty of your soul shines through your words even though you say "poetry is sleeping" … you *are* poetry. And I treasure how you ended with "Doesn't it just lift your spirits when you see something small and exquisite in the world that you might not have noticed if you hadn't taken the time to really look?" Indeed! Bountiful Blessings to you and yours… (((BIGHUG)))

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  29. M'dear Laura … (((love))) & (((healing))) … The beauty of your soul shines through your words even though you say "poetry is sleeping" … you *are* poetry. And I treasure how you ended with "Doesn't it just lift your spirits when you see something small and exquisite in the world that you might not have noticed if you hadn't taken the time to really look?" Indeed! Bountiful Blessings to you and yours… (((BIGHUG)))

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  30. Hello Laura!! I've never saw these tiny plants before and, don't worry, you've captured them so well! And for sure you're so right telling: "Doesn't it just lift your spirits when you see something small and exquisite in the world that you might not have noticed if you haven't taken the time to really look? Even viewing photos from the past brings me joy." I chose to share in may recent post: the beauty of the Black Sea as I've captured in pics in 2011. So I'm amazed by the old photos and I still remember the feeling from those moments... All the best to you and family! Alexa T

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  31. Laura,
    I am so sorry to hear you have been bedridden.
    I will be keeping you in my good thoughts and prayers.
    Your shots are truly beautiful.

    I am on a blogging break but I shall be back to visit when I return.
    May G-d help you through this difficult time.

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  32. dear laura,
    i am so sorry to hear that you have not been well. hope you feel better soon!

    sending thoughts and prayers your way.
    (((hugs)))

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