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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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Sunday, July 27, 2014

I Heart Macro 63









a line drawn in sand
cannot remain forever
love's breath is rising

may compassion light night skies
fireflies replace rockets  

we are human KIND
not puppets, shields or fodder
let fear roll away

with the smokey clouds of dawn
no more tears and blood soaked earth

eyes meet mirroring
you in me and me in you
kneeling in rubble

where fistfuls of wildflowers wave
releasing seeds of healing

this utopic dream
belongs to every being
peace a shared birthright

for those who have forgotten
i pray memory stirs your hearts




I am not naive, what should be simple, loving each other instead of hating, killing, making life impossible to live fully, endangering innocent civilians, determining who has a right to exist, playing gods while so much suffering is happening on both sides of the line in the sand is impossibly complex. I  understand this intellectually, but my heart says no. It is simple. Stop this insanity and be the human family we are. I just spent a long weekend with my family of birth and no matter what differences of opinion we have or life choices we have made and will continue making, we love each other. We are family… all of us on this planet. We are family.

Sorry for the late start this week… another full weekend, this time praying at shul and spending time on a short hike and in the garden. Posting slipped away from me, I suppose I'm a bit tired, but over all feeling much much better. Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes. Also there were some last minute technical difficulties. The link is now officially open!

To all of my poet friends, reading is still difficult for me, my eyes have difficulty focusing due to spasticity after a recent MS exacerbation, so please forgive me if I don't offer an in depth response to poetic offerings as I slowly make the rounds and do my best to take in your words.
Welcome to Week Sixty-Three 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!

rose of sharon still
radiant despite rain filled skies
peace blessed window sill
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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86 comments:

  1. I love the alternating stanzas of three lines and couplets. Your vision of life and nature is most profound.

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  2. :-( why is the Linky already closed?

    http://simonesnatur.blogspot.de/2014/07/ready-for-take-off-makro-time.html

    Here is my entry anyway

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  3. Laura, your words are balm to my heart. I, too, just want all the suffering to Stop - on both sides. Human beings, may they be allowed to simply live. I LOVE "a line drawn in sand/ cannot remain forever/ love's breath is rising " May it be so.

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  4. So very true...a line drawn in sand can never last forever...and we are all humankind above all. I enjoyed your words and photos. Nice to see you in Poetry Pantry once again.

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  5. Really enjoyed the evocative lyrically of this Laura -Thank you... With Best Wishes Scott www.scotthastie.com

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  6. Laura, I'm so happy to see you here and sorry that you are having to deal with MS. This is a thought-provoking poem in such time of pain and uncertainty. When will we learn that humanKINDness? The photography is a delight.

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  7. I agree that there are too many rockets and bombs, too much hatred, and not enough fireflies and reasons for hope. Nice to see you are posting again, Laura!

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  8. Laura, I pray for your healing. I also pray your words, released to the universe, will find their mark and bring a change to minds filled with anger, revenge and despair. Thank you for your fine pictures and your noble poem.

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  9. How things that should be easy become complicated - I send words of healing to you.

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  10. How true that no human has the right to say that another doesn't have the right to exist. There are so many bad vibes out there right now! Maybe always. Clearly we humans are NOT as smart as we think we are.

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  11. I specially like this part: peace a shared birthright

    Beautiful pictures and message Laura ~

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  12. Why humans need to hate the "others" is beyond me. Can't we just all get along? And I also wanted to share with you a mystical perspective on flowers. A wise woman I know said that flowers are happy and fulfilled when you admire them, or words to that effect. They live to attract and beauty is their mission in life. I loved hearing that.

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  13. Beautiful thoughts of peace, beauty and inspiration. What poetry in words and images!

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  14. I wish people could understand the true meaning of 'love , respect and kindness'....the world would have been a better place ...

    loved your pictures..they are wonderful !
    Wishing you a speedy recovery... :-)

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  15. what beautiful pictures!! loved going through them!

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  16. A beautiful post Laura, your photos sing to me in so many ways. Loving one another shouldn't be so difficult, it could be the easiest thing in the world to do, if only we could change our attitudes. Peace and healing to you my dear friend :)

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  17. Peace is within our reach, if only we could all actively pursue it...
    Thanks for hosting, Laura.

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  18. Greetings from Melbourne, where Spring is making its timid first appearance.

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  19. Beautiful photos, macro and other. And yes, it should be easy, but somehow...

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  20. At least for me start is freedom..and so much are we blessed in the US to truly practice the truth of love if we choose to..but freedom is so dam expensive..and every drop of blood..as the price freedom in all of human history truly is blood..until we decide to share and make no man god.and no god man...until the nature of our true empathic way are enlightened as human loving empathic beings..so true are we..when there is simply the spirit of sharing..for one whole tribe of human being..truly this is impossible without communication..but just what we do here..internationally is truly the start of a grass roots movement..undercurrenting love..and freedom for all simply to love each other as one human family..the hope goes on..as along as hope exist..the reality may truly one day..exist..!smiles and have a great rest of Sunday 2ya2!

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  21. I really like the heart in the green leaf-lovely.

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  22. Beautiful post and gorgeous photography ~ sending you lots of distant reiki healing energy and hugs,

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  23. Somehow I feel the flowers will survive and bloom regardless of our foolishness. Isn't it strange we cannot learn from the simplest and most beautiful things on earth.

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  24. Beautiful photos and poem. I do hope you recover soon from your recent MS episode.

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  25. wonderful images Laura. Glad you are feeling much better. Do you know what the name of the tiny purple flower is in your first image.

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  26. "may compassion light night skies / fireflies replace rockets"...may this wonderful prayer enter every heart...get well soon Laura...

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  27. Your poem reads like a cool breeze; a respite from the sweltering heat and humidity of intolerance, tribalism, and hate. Nicely done.

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  28. I walk in the garden and cannot understand why people have to fight each other rather than to enjoy living. Peace on earth is vital to our continued existence.

    Thank you for your beautiful pictures.

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  29. Exquisite composition, great colors and details in these macros full of sensuality!

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  30. The heart in the leaf - priceless!

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  31. Lovely photos and wise words. I'm so happy to hear that you are feeling better. I have been away from the computer a lot during these last weeks, but I will try to link up again next week. Take care!

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  32. Hello Laura!
    Wow beautiful photos of flowers.

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  33. Beautiful pictures Laura...incredible!! :) And I loved the line "a line drawn in sand cannot remain forever".

    Have a great week ahead!

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  34. Love that 4th image Laura - beautiful detail. Yes, agree that life could be so much better and happier for all on this amazing planet if each and everyone of us practised the attributes contained within 1 Corinthians 13... Thanks for hosting and sharing.

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  35. Beautiful shots Laura. There is just too much hatred in the world, it is like a contagious disease. All we can do is to exude love in all directions and hope it reaches it's mark.

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  36. Beautiful words here today, both the poem and from your life. Strength, hugs and wellness to you.

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  37. Lovely photos Laura,as always.
    4 is just so perfect!

    Wishing you a good week,
    Ruby

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  38. Lovely shots and thank you for hosting another I Heart Macro.

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  39. I feel your words as the pain of the hate is so strong in my heart but I keep filling it with happiness, love, peace and joy as I offer these to the world instead...we will keep praying for peace! Beautiful words and images to keep the love flowing. I offer you my pretty flowers for love and healing!

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  40. Your first wildflower I believe is a deptford pink - such delicate beauties! and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the heart in the leaf!

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  41. your words really resonate with me this morning as I think about a world in such turmoil. We can only be peace ourselves and hope that resonates with those around us. I will be wishing your eyes recover quickly. Please do not respond to my comment -i would rather you use that time to rest your eyes.

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  42. Laura, thank you for visiting our blog and inviting us to participate in yours. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos.

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  43. Beautiful pictures. I wish everyone could just get along...

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  44. Beautiful images and heartfelt words.

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  45. 'kneeling in rubble
    where fistfuls of wildflowers wave
    releasing seeds of healing'

    Death and rebirth. This was a vivid image for me, Laura. Thank you for the reminder that I have the choice to choose rebirth!

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  46. 'let fear roll away . . . I pray memory stirs your hearts', you have such great wording. Also, your pictures are amazing. You've created such a lovely place here :)

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  47. beautiful beautiful photo captures. wonderful poem, heartening commentary. i carry your words with me.

    gracias for sharing

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  48. Hi Laura :o)
    OMG, very beautiful pictures! Great Macros!
    Sorry but i speak a little bit english * I whis i can more, but im to old to learn too.
    OK, here my answer to your question:
    I have a Nikon d5100 and my Macro-Lens is a Nikkor micro 105 mm 1:1
    and I I photograph not so long time, my first Macro is from early in January 2014... *lol
    I whis you a nice evening
    Hugs from Hamburg
    Britta (Rivien)

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  49. I love those tiny purple flowers! Thanks for sharing!

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  50. The flowers are lovely and the little heart is adorable.. Lovely post, take care and have a hpapy week!

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  51. Regards from the German North Sea coast, dear Laura!

    Uwe.

    Love your heart in the leave!

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  52. Beautifully done Laura! Trying times will bring out the best in people! And great pics as always!

    Hank

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  53. Today's gathering of images and words is prayer indeed. I join you in it. I knew i would find comfort here. I hope your eyes clear up soon, but hope you do not worry about response when this and other prayers are your greater work in the world.

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  54. Beautiful pics and a heartfelt message , thanks. K .

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  55. i wish we were not fodder...that we acted a bit more like human kind...and realized the value of each other...and were willing to find better ways...smiles

    love that found heart in a leaf...

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  56. I wish the madness would stop, too. It seems there are so many situations in our world right now that your words apply to. If the people doing the fighting would examine their relationship to the people calling for the violence, maybe they'd think twice about the harm they are willing to inflict on others as well as themselves.

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  57. Oh, there a heart on the leaf! Great find. Love your shots Laura, like always. "Utopic dream" how fabulous!

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  58. As always, you find beautiful things in nature. Love the delicate pink top photo, and the bluish violet flowers also catch my eye. Be well and take care.

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  59. Your words just resonate with truth and heartfelt love!

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  60. Beautiful and strangely comforting :)

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  61. Your micro and words were beautiful.

    I used to have the top flower but when I moved I love them.

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  62. Beautiful shots and thoughtful post.

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  63. OH MY!!! I was SO impressed by your Haiku (俳句, this is how we write in Chinese Characters). I wish I could do in English :-)
    Your Macro pictures are fantastic♡♡♡
    Please take care of yourself and hoping you'll have wonderful rest of the week.

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs to from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  64. lovely words and photos, they both melded well together

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  65. Happy to have found you and your lovely blog through Reconnect With Nature. I'm going to subscribe - this is perfect timing for spiritual changes I'm making in my life right now.

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  66. such beautiful glimpses of summer!
    sweet week to you Laura!

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  67. Be well, and thanks again for hosting this linkup.

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  68. Thank you for the gently reminder... glad you are feeling better.. I am doing OK as well.....hugs...Michelle

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  69. OMGosh! What beautiful photos and sensitive truths spoken. I am so glad you stopped by to visit me from Hilary's blog. I will be back and I hope you will, too. :)

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  70. Beautiful images in photos and words. :-)

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  71. Laura, your words remind me of another blogger, Jennifer. I think you two should connect! http://ripplespeak.com/

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  72. Beautiful post full of LOVE.

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  73. Releasing seeds of love... with every photo you take, love ripples out into the world Laura... you matter and spark my heart in word, image, and your being... thank you Laura.

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  74. The photo of the heart in the leaf is stunning. Beautiful capture.

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  75. May all our prayers for peace be answered, thank you for sharing these heartfelt words and images.

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  76. Lovely shots. And you're right - we ARE all family!

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  77. great shots of tiny wild flowers. :)

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  78. such beautiful, heartfelt words. I hardly know how to respond. I think I will just sit back and absorb it all.

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  79. dearest,
    standing beside you in a life of peace. may we all find our way to this great belonging.

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