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 9, 2014

I Heart Macro 65


It is rare for me to see monarchs where I live, I can't remember the last time I saw one. This was a wonderful surprise. She was shy so I had to cautiously step around the garden with the camera before I was able to take only two good photos of her. I feel like this rare visitor to my garden is a symbol of hope, she represents the possibility of change, the transformation of hearts in conflict within, among and between individuals, communities, humans around this beautiful planet we are blessed to be able to share. My heart is breaking for the deep suffering and so many terrible tragedies around the world. It could be different, it should be different.





we share the same blood
turned river running through streets
lay down the weapons

spread your arms to form shelter
feed our children love's nectar


praying for healing
the possibility of
metamorphosis

flowers weeping with mothers
may our children know true peace








trees reach towards ever changing skies
rooted in time as it passes
swaying to the rhythm of hope
as it rises falls rises again
listen to their sighs
breathing into us
they know we are all connected
let us learn from our ancient teachers
how to be wise


Welcome to Week Sixty-Five 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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60 comments:

  1. Gorgeous macro shots of the butterfly and water drops ~ always beauty here in photos and words ~ lots of healing hugs to you ~ xoxox

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  2. So cool that you got a photo of a Monarch butterfly, so beautiful. I hope they are doing better. Your flowers weeping for peace are touching, the middle east needs our prayers. Peace and healing to you.

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  3. Hi! Your photos are very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Your photos are beautiful, both the color and the black and white. Monarchs are a favorite butterfly of mine.

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  5. Enjoyed your B&W conversion of the Monarch. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Wonderful pictures! One can hardly understand the creation of nature. The butterfly is magnificent and the water droplets are fancy.

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  7. Absolutely gorgeous series of photos! Beautiful butterfly and waterdrops! Wonderful words, too!

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  8. Monarch butterfly is gorgeos! Have a nice day!

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  9. An awesome butterfly and great pictures!
    Thanks for sharing and hosting
    Much love

    Here is the poem, about which i wrote last sunday
    http://maschas-buch.blogspot.de/2014/08/the-summer-is-over.html

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  10. Wonderful photos, Laura! The butterflies are gorgeous!

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  11. Beautiful shot! Butterflies are so hard to catch ;)

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  12. Lovely photos. The butterfly is beautiful, particularly the second one.

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  13. Fabulous images Laura.....the butterfly looks like tissue paper.....and the last image is amazing....thank you!

    Enjoy your week,
    Ruby

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  14. Lovely words and beautiful butterflies :)

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  15. A truly inspiring post with great photographs.

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  16. Beautiful photos, Laura. I share with you hopes for peace around the world.

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  17. Scatti bellissimi con colori che illuminano il cuore!
    Buona serata da Beatris

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  18. The photos of butterfly are magnificent and the reflectin in a water-drops is tremendous....

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  19. Great pics, as usual ! I'm very fond of the first one, with the butterfly.

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  20. Thank you Laura, this is always a place I love to visit.

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  21. Beautiful pictures, soulful poetry. Why can we not live in peace?

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  22. These are such lovely photographs, Laura.
    It is rare to see monarchs here also, but it wasn't always that way. Only over the last 10 years or so, have they dwindled.

    Happy Sunday to you!

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  23. Beautiful captures of the shy Monarch butterfly and a heartfelt plea for peace.

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  24. Glorious!
    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^= . <3

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  25. we can only hope that one day our children know that peace...and we lay our weapons donw...beautiful monarchs too....

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  26. gorgeous macro shots! love the butterfly.

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  27. It is so awe-inspiring to be able to see a monarch, I think. I never tire of them.

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  28. Yes, may children know peace. Watching the news is unbearable these days. Your post, as always, is uplifting and inspiring. Thanks, Laura.

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  29. So wonderful your pictures of the monarch. Nice that you interpret its visit as a sign of hope. I join you in your prayer for peace.

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  30. may such beauty bloom in every heart....wonderful lines and photos .....

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  31. The intricate patterns on the butterfliy's wings are spun from the filigree of dreams

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  32. Great macros! Wonderful in B&W!
    http://amitaag.blogspot.in/2014/08/down-there.html

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  33. Beautiful shots and sensitive words as always! The butterfly is awesome and all the views are so gorgeous!! Have a pleasant week!

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  34. Butterflies ARE light and hope!

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  35. Lovely shots, that is one gorgeous butterfly I am quite envious

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  36. Hello

    Beautiful Butterflies.

    Karima

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  37. Beautiful heartfelt poetry Laura with the monarch and the flower's tear. I have a stand of Joe Pye weed and a monarch was there for a long time. Before that they were flitting around the garden impossible to photograph. I have only seen males but I love them.

    I have been thinking a lot about peace and attending a world meditation for peace. I will be writing about it more on my new blog.

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  38. Laura,
    this is such an beautiful butterfly. Incredibly well captured. Love it!

    Judith

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  39. beautiful pictures! And yes, butterflies are a wonderful symbol for hope and creation.

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  40. Wow, what amazing photos, and such a deep and lovely poem.

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  41. Laura, your words of peace always resonate with me. My mother survives two world wars, I experienced one at much too close quarters. Why is it people are so much readier to hit than hug?

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  42. Nice to see the monarchs. I hope to see a few more this year than last.

    It's sad that there seem to be wars somewhere on out planet all times. Why is that humans find it so hard to get along?

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  43. The butterfly IS a hopeful sign. I hope wings of rational thought lift us from trying to solve problems with war. I do not know how much more pounding this planet can take.

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  44. She's gorgeous Laura. I have had a few in the yard this year.

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  45. She is beautiful and seeing a monarch is a time for celebration. Wonderful news. I miss joining in this meme very much; an extended summer trip with lack of good internet has kept me from posting more than once or twice a week (if I'm lucky). But I have pictures and will join in again when we are back to normal.

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  46. Came from SWF.
    I've never seen a monarch here, so I love your shots.

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  47. Those are really beautiful monarch pictures. Plant milkweed and they will come, and even lay their eggs, I promise. I never had monarchs until I planted milkweed, and then they came in droves. Happy, happy me! Wishing it for you too. :)

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    1. oh judie i love that we share our passion for monarchs by providing ever growing stands of milkweed in our gardens for them! i am on a mission to increase the swaths of these beautiful plants each and every year. the joy of ever increasing monarchs is heaven on earth!

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    2. always always i will meet you for peace.
      xo

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  48. Those first two flower macros are stunning...
    It is heartbreaking to hear about the brutalities in our world today...

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  49. Where I live (Ontario, Canada), we see more Viceroys than Monarchs but their colouring is very similar. It's nice to see the real thing for a change! Thank you for this place of peace you have created here with your beautiful images.

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  50. That is such a lovely way to look at the monarch and I agree totally... I send each one off with a prayer for peace...Michelle

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  51. The butterflies are beautiful. A lovely capture.

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  52. Courageous hikers taking beautiful photos!

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  53. Thank you for the wonderful perspectives of your makro world.

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