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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Saturday, August 2, 2014

I Heart Macro 64


plant seeds of kindness
so tears of compassion wake
forgiving blossoms




When I look at this hydrangea bush already in the process of changing colors, dropping lacy petals onto rain soaked soil, letting go of what it no longer needs in order to reconnect and draw life force energy from hidden roots, I feel in alignment with all of Creation. Though I'm able to move again with far more ease, this fragile body does not let me forget that I am part of everything, living and dying with each breath in and each breath released. While there are plenty of new blossoms opening each morning offering bright sparks of joy, there are signs too of the season turning. Look closely, you'll notice a softening surrender as certain plants have begun to bow under the weight of their seeded heads, seeking rest and renewal between purple edged grasses, gravel and sand on the sides of the road. Soon, in another month a rainbow of leaves will provide shelter, fading, crisping then  composting into sustaining nutrients for the long winter. Still others, feather light and white take flight, dancing with their own inborn purpose on cool evening breezes. 




In the Jewish calendar the month of Av arrived with the new moon this past week. Tisha b'Av, the 9th of Av, (August 5th this year) is a day of fasting and mourning for sorrows and destruction of the past and yes, in the present too. It is the start of the season of t'shuva, turning. We begin to contemplatively focus inward, reconnect with the Source of Life, examine our own broken hearts, seek to understand how we contributed to the rupture, the pain, the suffering we feel and have caused others. We take account of our browned and torn edges; we search for the unconscious veined patterns that have become a habitual map that has led us astray. We recognize that we all make mistakes and must take responsibility for any harm we have done, actively making amends to the best of our ability. We invite light and healing to flow through the lacy openings, even as they crumble, praying for transformation, for the wisdom to be kinder, the grace to walk softly on this earth and the compassion to reach out to our whole human family with love.



As I write these words a bitter war rages on between Hamas and Israel. I do not wish to get political here or point fingers, this is a complicated, sticky mess, with are horrors all around. In this season of remembering walls tumbling, hearts breaking, mayhem, death and destruction, let us all pray for an end to war, poverty and injustice, for the arrival of peace, healing, reconciliation and renewal everywhere on our blue-green planet.


the walls between us are an illusion
fueling the confusion of hearts and minds
we are all one under heaven’s eyes




Welcome to Week Sixty-Four 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. 

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49 comments:

  1. Laura, these photographs are just beautiful.
    I really love the vibrant color.
    I hope you've had a wonderful weekend.

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  2. I love macro photography, although I'm so new to photography that my shots can't light a candle to yours. Lovely!
    I don't have anything to share along "macro" lines this week, but I want to invite you to the new home of Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday) at http://image-in-ing.blotspot.com/ each week at midnight Tuesday, EST. And you're welcome to share your blog button for your recurring link-up at the page devoted to Wordless linkups - just remember to use your main blog url rather than a link to an individual post.

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  3. What if everyone of us can macro the hearts and brains of people, can we understand human more?

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  4. What a great and wonderful series!
    Oh yes, the summer is running out as soon as he has begun. Reminds me of a poem by Arseny Tarkovsky - I'll translate it next week in my blog.
    Much love and prayers

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  5. Wonderful photos of the hydrangeas. Beautiful text as well, Laura. I wish you a lovely Sunday!

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  6. Beautiful post Laura......thank you.

    Wishing you a good week,
    Ruby

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  7. The transition from summer to autumn in your words is beautiful!

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  8. Your photos of the hydrangea are so beautiful!
    Have a wonderful Sunday!

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  9. Thank you for hosting, Laura. It is an unfortunate situation in many parts of the world where war rages. Let's all pray for peace and good sense. I have blogged on my other blog about this, also:
    http://nicholasjv.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/signs-of-times.html

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  10. Your post is beautiful, Laura, and especially those hydrangea photos. Ours have faded a good long time ago. Our flowering season for them starts so early here in the South... Lots of love! Silke

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  11. I wish your words, your poetry could be read in every household of the world. It's nice to know that I am one with one such as you. Thank you Laura. The pictures are stunning. I love them. Hope you continue to feel better.

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  12. Laura -- I love the colors, stages and lighting of these. Thank you for sharing!

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  13. Great shots, I love the colours in the first couple

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  14. Your pictures and words will make me look in a different way to the Hydrangea in my garden!

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  15. Lovely hydrangeas Laura and yes doubtless your sentiments are echoed by many.

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  16. Hydrangeas are so lovely in all their stages, and also dried. Life is such a complex of stages and transition, but I am glad I know the One who put eternity in our hearts.

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  17. How different our gardens are...mine is still in high bloom with the cooler temps and rain, but I expect it to shift soon....fabulous pictures of hydrangeas.

    I echo your sentiments about war and hopes for peace and finding a way to live together in harmony.

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  18. I think these images are among the most beautiful that you have ever shown Laura. As for the sentiments of your post, well it seems that no matter the spiritual quest of humankind, there are some who see power as the sole purpose of life no matter the death and destruction they leave in their wake. The total opposite to the appearance they would have us believe of them.

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  19. Beautiful post! The photos of the hydrangea are lovely.

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    1. Wonderful pictures, Laura! I love it!
      HUgs Rivien

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  20. Beautiful colours and structures!

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  21. Absolutely dazzling photography for OWT ~

    artmusedog and carol ( A Creative Harbor
    ps. I am having trouble figuring out when you post I Heart Macro 2 ~ Sat nite?

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  22. As always your writing is the most inspirational blessing. You join your insights with your faith in seamless blessing for all. Love to you my dear!! xoxoxo Teri

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  23. The photos are are really beautiful! :-)

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  24. These are so pretty Laura.... And yes, I hear you.... Hugs... Michelle

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  25. Hi, Laura; Thank you SO much for the inspirational and educational post. And Of course, BEAUTIFUL pictures of Hydrangeas♡♡♡ I sometimes don't know how macro should look like p;) Please let me know if it is not appropriate to link. Later posts also p;)

    Sincerely from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  26. The colours in these photos are so enchanting, so romantic.

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  27. Marvelous shades of colors in the Hortensia-flowers!

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  28. Gorgeous sky shot for SWF and beautiful macros as always ~ xoxox

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  29. Sublime post, beautiful photos. Thank you.

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  30. Lovely images and colors, Laura! The leaves are beautiful and the sky shot is gorgeous..Happy Skywatching and have a great weekend!

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  31. We can never go wrong planting seeds of kindness.

    Grandfather’s Hand

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  32. planting this garden of kindness with you... thank you for this beauty Laura and for the colors of hydrangea never before seen...

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  33. dearest laura,
    yes, to distill everything down to love is to awaken the heart of belonging through all seasons. may we all find our way to this ultimate awakening. thank you for your place in our haiku hearts.

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  34. Lovely and inspirational haiku for HMH ~ xoxox

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  35. Indeed, let us pray for an end to carnage all over the world. Beautiful post, Laura.

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  36. Sink into beauty
    The world fails itself again
    Beauty still wins out

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  37. Very beautiful flower, but I love those purple skies!

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  38. Your photos are lovely but your words are even more beautiful. I too share your belief that the walls are an illusion and hope that we can all learn to live together in peace.

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  39. wishing you a holy season

    much love...

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