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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October 26th is the 30th annual Nashua CROP Walk, taking steps to ease hunger locally and around the world. This year I too will be walking. Not long ago I was in a wheelchair and could not have walked. I hope you will join me on this journey with a secure online donation. My intention is to reach a modest goal of $300 in the next few weeks. Please click here to participate; $10, $5, every dollar helps, your generosity makes a difference.

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Update: In the first two days of posting this, my intended goal of $300 was met! Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. With such tremendous generosity and kindness, we’ve now raised just over $500... please keep the love and donations flowing.

~ Laura

...to give a little is never enough still it is something.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

I Heart Macro 61






 One of the blessings I have taken to heart over the years, living in a body that at times is very slow moving is the truth and gift of the old saying "stop and smell the roses." 

I am feeling so much better every day. I am able to take long walks again on my own and today Gordon and I worked in the garden. Most of these roses are from neighbor's gardens, except for the ones with dewdrops and the petal resting on the earth. 

I am still struggling a bit with my vision being blurry, especially when reading and well, trying to focus my camera, so these may not be the most crisp of images, but I find them lovely none the less. And believe me, the fragrance from these beauties when photographing them up close was intoxicating.

I am deeply grateful for all of your kind comments and prayers for my body to heal. Although I don't respond to most messages, please know that I appreciate your compassionate words and feel the power of your heart felt prayers. Truly this life is a blessing.

My cervical spine, like my brain showed no visible changes.  I am still waiting to hear results from my doctor regarding my thoracic spine images. These would explain the spasticity if there are any visible lesions there. However, even if the MRI does not show new scars, that does not mean they are not there. They may be very small and cannot be picked up yet on the scan. All I know is that something happened to my body five weeks ago, and I still have some deficits that may or may not be permanent.


I can speak clearly now, I can walk five miles, the pain is not nearly as severe, otherwise that would not be possible. The medicines are working and I’m certain my yoga practice, meditation and exercising all help too. My hearing was oddly diminished in my left ear after the spinal MRI series, but that too is gradually improving. I am able to spend time cooking, preparing meals with herbs from our garden. Our back porch is finally clean and set up for enjoying evening meals with the family, and morning meditation and yoga with the birds singing their morning prayers with me. LIFE IS GOOD.





Welcome to Week Sixty 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 :-)
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43 comments:

  1. I am glad you are feeling better every day. I hope for your health to improve. Roses are beautiful! Wish you a great Sunday!

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  2. So glad you are feeling a bit better!

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  3. Good morning Laura,
    absolut fantastic close up's!
    Yes!
    Have a nice sunday!
    Hugs Riv

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  4. I am happy to hear you are feeling better and hope it will continue to be better!

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  5. Get well soon lovely lady. Sending much love your way. Your pictures are so beautiful. Namaste
    Jacqui xx

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  6. Glad to hear you are feeling better, Laura.
    Your photos are lovely as always.
    I cannot link mine up:
    http://mydesktopdaily.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/desktop-345-nettle.html

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  7. So glad you're feeling better Laura. I could almost smell those roses. Have a good week my friend.

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  8. Beautiful images Laura. Good to hear the M(on)S(ter) is receding into the background once again.

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  9. I am so glad to hear that you are feeling better! You have been in my prayers.

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  10. Divine series of elegant macro shots as always ~ thanks, xoxo

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  11. Laura, your roses are just beautiful, and I am SO glad to hear that you are feeling better.

    I wish you a wonderful week ahead!

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  12. I`m so glad to hear that you slowly recover. Take care, and keep spending those valuable momens behind the camera in the garden. Lovelly pictures, and I can only imagine the smell :)

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  13. Glad to hear that you're doing better. These rose images are lovely.

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  14. Lovely roses, I'm glad to hear they were fragrant as well, heavenly. So glad to hear you are doing better. Baruch Adonai!

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  15. Love all the roses! Glad you are better!

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  16. Beautiful series Laura, thank you for linking with Today's Flowers. I hope to have some macro shots next week for you.

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  17. i am glad you are feeling much better.

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  18. Beautiful pictures, and it is nice to hear that you are feeling better !

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  19. Congratulations to your ongoing recovery - and thanks for those wonderful photos!

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  20. Stunning images and uplifting news. Great post!

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  21. These roses are so beautiful, especially the frozen ones.
    So glad that you are getting better ... slowly but preceding... I wish you a happy week!

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  22. Beautiful colors and so refreshing with the dew. Blessings to you and so glad you stop to smell the roses!

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  23. Laura I am so glad to hear you are feeling better. And those roses are amazing especially the bright colors.

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  24. You express the beauty and colour in nature so well:)

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  25. How wonderful that you are feeling better!

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  26. Great to hear you are feeling better, pain is so gripling when severe. Beautiful roses... take care

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  27. The first photo almost looks like a sugary dessert! Lovely, all of them… Blessings!

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  28. Your blog is a sea full of love, just like your heart.
    Every moment here is a rainbow of art.

    Yannis Politopoulos

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  29. Gorgeous rose photos..So happy to hear you are feeling better Laura!

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  30. Good to hear :-) Lovely roses with tiny dewdrops!

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  31. Thank you for sharing your beautiful orange and pink flower on Manarin Orange Monday:) Your words are inspiring... I know exercise and meditation helps...but just actually DOING it again is hard..thank you:)

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  32. I am glad that things are improving with the treatment and I hope all these symptoms resolve... hugs..Michelle

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  33. The colors of summer are simply beautiful

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  34. I'm glad that you are seeing some improvement. Looking at those lovely roses probably does a lot to help you heal!

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  35. I'm happy to hear your good report! Your photos are really great. I can only imagine the wonderful smell of the roses :)

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  36. Your Roses look so delightful! I can already taste the smell of them ...
    Tahnks for stopping by every time & leaving a coimment, dear Laura!!

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  37. Greetings Laura! I'll post soon (I made a pause due to the summer holiday)... the roses looks great and magical! Good to hear great news from you! All the best for you! Alexa T

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  38. Beautiful and lovely flowers, beautiful colors!

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  39. Dearest Laura, I haven't been by to visit in a while and I'm sorry to hear that you hadn't been feeling well but so glad to know there is improvement. May it only get better from here on in. Hugs to you.

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