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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We are having a snowstorm; our power keeps flickering on and off. I may not be able to post the Gratitude Quilt until the day after Thanksgiving. This is just life, storms and calm, and after all EVERY DAY is a good day to say thank you.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

I Heart Macro 59





 I suppose you could say I'm a bit bogged down, stuck in the thick of it. I had two more solumedrol infusions, with four attempts to get the catheter into a good vein on Thursday and we left it in overnight for Friday. After the second one I developed a sore throat. So we had to go to the urgent care clinic before they closed to get a rapid strep test to make sure I don't have an infection. It came back negative, but because it had only just begun it might not have been built up enough to show in the 10-minute test. They are culturing it and will let me know Sunday if I need antibiotics or if it's just viral. My voice returns to normal for a little while and then back to garbled dysarthria, back and forth. I am seeing this as a good sign that the steroids are starting to help. Unfortunately they can't get me in for another MRI until July 3rd, that combined with my severely low lymphocytes and the addition of two more days of steroid suppression mean I am quarantined for another seven days except to go for the MRI. 

No Kids Week, or long walks on the beach for me. The girls both drive now, this is their first sister road trip. They'll take turns from NH to my parent’s house in PA, where they will stay over night and then go down to the shore to OC.MD. with my mom, sisters and cousins the next morning. I'm so happy they are independent enough to be able to go. This seems quite apropos for Fourth of July vacation. I would hate for them to miss it, they've gone every summer of their lives. That's 20 years for my eldest! 


Thursday night I couldn't fall asleep until 3am then woke at 5:30am. Friday night I fell asleep around 10pm but woke at 1am and couldn't fall back asleep, a common side effect of the solumedrol. But it was peaceful being awake all those hours. I stayed in bed next to my husband and dog, both breathing softly. I looked up at the stars through the window above my pillow. I meditated, mindful of the sensations in my body. I sat up for a while and did some seated and reclining yoga asanas in bed to stretch my spastic muscles, again sensing deeply into my body. At 3:30 the sky began to lighten to a soft pearl gray. At 4:30 the complex symphony of bird song began. It was beautiful to just lay still and listen. At 6:30 I got out of bed said my morning prayers and sat and meditated on my zafu for 20 minutes, then felt a strong urge to go outside into the yard with my camera, something I've not been able to do for the past three weeks. I managed to take photos for a blissful hour, kneeling on the dewy earth, feeling the damp soak through my jeans, the cool morning air kissing my cheeks. 

There were so many flowers blooming! I've missed the peonies and irises, but the roses are only just starting to drop a few petals. There were many new wildflowers  too. Some I'd spread from a pollinator seed pack and others area seeds I'd gathered last autumn on walks that I'd cast on bare places in the garden with faith that they were surely strong if they'd grown along the side of the road. I trusted nature would do what it does. It did and up they've sprouted. I will show them to you in the coming weeks after my husband has a chance to fix whatever is going on with my external hard drive that is preventing me from uploading new photos onto my blog. 


After the initial burst of energy that allowed me to walk around the yard, I crashed and spent the rest of the day in bed watching movies. I still have difficulty reading because of the spasms in my eye muscles.  It will be a quiet week once the girls leave Wednesday. It will just be Gordon, the cat and dog and me for seven days until they return. It seems the steroid jolt is wearing off and I am expecting to sleep tonight. We'll see. 


You can tell my mind is still pretty active at the moment considering the full recounting of the last few days with so much detail. I hope my mind slows down soon; I really, really want to sleep. And if it doesn't, perhaps I will appreciate the miraculous sensations of being embodied, enjoy the stars dotting the night sky, the soft glow of dawn, the joyful music of birds grateful like me for a brand new day.
 ******************************* PS. Sunday morning report, good news I only woke once in the night and slept until 7am. It is a beautiful summer morn, cool enough to open the windows for a few hours and breath in the fragrance of the world outside. I am still tired so it will probably be a rest inside day… maybe I can take a short walk through the gardens later if I'm up to it. My tummy has also been acting up, so even if I could go far on my legs, it wouldn't be wise. I'll be content to sit on the front step a while or stay in bed and enjoy the sights, sounds and scents from the window gazing over the back gardens and into the woods.





Happy Fourth of July to all of my friends in the United States, I pray one day all  people will be free.

Welcome to Week Fifty-Nine 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

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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.

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40 comments:

  1. Sending you lots of distant reiki healing hugs ~ your photography is divine and you must be one enlightened being with all you are dealing with this moment in time ~ thanks, xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  2. Do you know this book? I found it some days ago...
    http://www.amazon.de/Healing-Code-Alex-Loyd/dp/1444727710
    -- now I'm reading and learning ..it's very interesting, maybe you will become some new ideas?
    Greetings from Germany!!! Petra

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  3. My dear Laura, you are having a rough patch! Last Thursday night I had exactly the same sleep pattern, although I was so very tired, I woke at the same times. Although we are on different hemispheres, I think it was more astral pull effect rather than your medication. We often have nights like that and I find that usually both my daughter and eldest granddaughter have them on the same nights.
    Love that first shot looking down the throat, hope your's is not as red as that though.

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  4. I'm sorry you'll miss the trip to the shore that you had been looking forward to, but I'm happy for you that you could go out for a while to take photos.

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  5. Good morning Laura,
    wonderful close up's! NIce!
    Have a funny week!
    Hugs Riv

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  6. beuatiful light in yout photos, the last one - wow - Love it!

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  7. Your photos seem mystical, the first one looks rather like a carnivorous plant I used to have. I have insomnia frequently so can sympathize with you having to lie awake and pass the time in the quiet night, and then listen to the twittering of the birds beginning. I hope things improve even more for you soon. Happy Fourth of July!

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  8. Sorry things are so tough physically but am glad your spirit still manages to find beauty and hope.

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  9. I'm so glad you slept. I hope you start feeling better soon. It's wonderful that you maintain such a focused, spiritual, uplifting attitude. It not only helps you, but it serves as a model for us. Thank you Laura.

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  10. Exquisite shots. I hope you feel better and get more sleep.

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  11. Glad you finally had a good night's sleep. I love those mornings when you can open the windows and enjoy the fresh air and birdsongs. Hope you're feeling much better now.
    Your photos are beautiful. I especially like the last one.

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  12. Nice pictures, wonderful macros, the first suggests a creature for help me!

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  13. Hi Laura -- thanks for visiting my blog! I hope you have a wonderful day today and another good night's sleep. Blessings to you!

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  14. Laura, so nice to get your comment. I've had this post open all morning, enjoying your photos and wondering what encouraging words to share. Last night's sleep is good news, as is your early morning walk. Life is such a mixed bag ~ it was pure joy to have my grandson here and that much harder now that he's gone again. We pick ourselves up and go forward the best we can. You have always inspired me, dear Laura, to look for the sun behind the clouds.

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  15. I'm happy you got some sleep and that you are taking it easy. I am watching a lot of movies lately too, one good way to get some needed rest. I watched Awakenings last night, true story, which was very moving. Take good care, Laura!

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  16. I'm sorry you are still feeling poorly and will miss your vacation.
    What else can I say my thoughts and prayers are with you.

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

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  18. Hope for your better physical health, Laura. Lovely shots.
    Thanks for stopping by, dear.

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  19. Thank you. Just for sharing words and flowers. And happy 4. july to you too :)
    All the best.
    Mormor

    http://www.starbear.no/mormor/2014/06/30/nesten-100-pa-mom/

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  20. Laura I am sorry to hear you are not sleeping. I know how that can tax the body, but glad you can at times go out and take amazing photos to share...still sending prayers and hugs!!

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  21. Es tut mir leid zu lesen, wie es dir geht.
    Ich bewundere dich und eine schöne Art, zu schreiben und zu fotografieren.
    Ich wünsche dir Kraft und Besserung !
    Herzliche Grüße
    Jutta

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  22. It's good that you have such a great outlook--taking what you have and making the best of it. You are in my prayers.

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  23. Beautiful images Laura, your post though is just so illuminating and filled with wonderful spiritual strength.

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  24. I'm so sorry to hear and wish you the best. And thanks for your beautiful pictures!

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  25. Feel better soon...your ability to focus on flowers and God's beauty will help I'm sure♪

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  26. illness increases the need for beauty. we intuitively consume it or make it when feeling lousy: body wisdom

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  27. I am so sorry that you're having such a tough time right now, Laura, and I so admire your spirit and positive attitude. I hope you begin to feel better soon, and I am so glad that you were able to get some sleep.

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  28. You are having quite a rugged time, yet your inner strength and will to enjoy is amazing. Love the colours and depth of detail in your first macro.

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  29. Beautiful photos, dear Laura. I hope you feel better soon! Happy 4 July to you !

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  30. I'm sorry to know you're sick. I hope you'll feel well soon. Healing prayers going your way. Great photos, by the way.

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  31. Ugg...I know the feelings while on Solu-medrol well... Yuck. but it does its job well. I am so happy that you were up for a bit, but sorry you crashed. I crash and burn often.. I am so praying that you get back on your feet to enjoy... gentle hugs...Michelle

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  32. I'm happy you were able to get out and be among the flowers, m'dear. The way you share returning to Presence over and over is an inspirational gift, truly, a reminder to Do when we can Do, and simply Be when that is where we are. Much Love and Bright Blessings! P.S. Love your TangledWater photo...

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  33. fabulous photos, nice to see that you have been out enjoying the summer sunshine

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  34. How beautiful, sweet friend! ((hugs)) I love your macros--thank you for including Guest Heart Thursday, too. Have a beautiful weekend!

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  35. faboulous macro, greeting from Belgium

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  36. Link is closed ~ missed it due to holiday events but it is on my blog ~ Beautiful macro shots as always ~ hope all is well and that you had a happy fourth ~ xoxo ~
    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  37. Lovely shots Laura. Hope by now things are calming down for you.

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