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 16, 2014

I Heart Macro 66



Observing the remarkable beauty of the world reflected in raindrops, these are moments that make my heart sing.

I'm going hiking so will be offline and totally present to nature starting Sunday. These lowland photos from last week are from the bog near our home. As much as I love that magical place, I am looking forward to breathing in the mountain air. I am so grateful that after a rough start this summer I’ll be able to hike and scramble as I did last year.

Hiking update:
 We hiked a "moderate" hike yesterday, that ended up being harder than expected… fatigue took over at the end and my knees seized up, but I was more concerned about an older lady who we helped with an ace bandage, she was in pretty bad shape. We found a park worker on the way toward the parking lot and he went back up to help her out and call fish and game. It reminded me of a story a 14 year old student shared in an art class I was teaching years ago about how a single butterfly's wing movements can change the weather… how we as individuals through small acts of kindness can be a force of goodness and change. I'm sore today and we'll do something easier (ha, ha) but I am not missing a minute of this beautiful opportunity to hike and love the great outdoors. As I was coming down the mountain and my knees were searing with pain, I just kept saying to myself, I am Sally Siegel's daughter, I am strong and courageous, I can do anything! (My Mom is the most courageous, push through, make your life meaningful, live and love each moment, person I know!) Incidentally, the woman on the trail who was injured was also named Sally and had red hair like my mother. I prayed and practice metta for her and everyone still up on the mountain, it was very slippery. Offering prayers of wellbeing for others helped me to get to the bottom. It is amazing how loving thoughts for others take your mind of your own suffering and expands your heart, eases your breath, relaxes muscles, gives strength. Faith is a powerful force.


Welcome to Week Sixty-Six 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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43 comments:

  1. Wonderful pictures of raindrops♡♡♡ Please enjoy your hiking to the full :-)

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

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  2. Love the droplets, they really pop in the presence of the beautifully colored leaves.

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  3. Reflective raindrops. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Magical photos Laura, exquisite! Enjoy your time in the mountains.

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  5. The reflections in the water drops are beautiful. Enjoy the change of scenery!

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  6. Fantastic photos! The little raindrop looks like a small ball of gold!

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  7. The crystal balls tell you have gone hiking.

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  8. Wonderful raindrops! Have a nice day!

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  9. Sounds wonderful. I'm so happy for you. Enjoy!

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  10. Great macro in B&W!
    http://amitaag.blogspot.in/2014/05/quench.html

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  11. Such perfect water drops. They contain the whole world.

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  12. The reflections in the water drops are wonderful, like jewels! The leaves are pretty too with the curved edges, red veins, and mysterious spots.

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  13. Laura,your love of the subject shines through your beautiful images.

    Wishing you happy mountain hiking........and good weather!
    Ruby

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  14. Absolutely wonderful photographs, capturing the rain drop, superb! Hope you have a great time in the mountains Laura.

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  15. Great news that you're hiking this weekend.

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  16. Those are some lovely water drops, very colourful too.

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  17. Enjoy your hike! Love the water drop shot! Magical nature!

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  18. Praises for answered prayers for you! Love your photos with the water drops.

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  19. love your raindrop images. enjoy your hiking and outdoors.

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  20. LOVE the first one -- glistening diamonds!!

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  21. Traumhaft! Der Regentropfen sieht aus wie eine Glaskugel <3

    Liebste Grüße aus Deutschland,
    Kirstin
    www.kruemelmonsterag.de

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  22. This is stunning dear Laura. How was your weekend? Have a good start and thank you for hosting. Tamara

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  23. Auch ich habe diesmal Tau im Visier !
    LG
    Jutta

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  24. Hello

    Beautiful, i Like the litle Water drop!

    Karima

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  25. The light really makes these shots - great stuff :)

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  26. Perfect water droplet! What an amazing shot!!

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  27. Wonderful to hear you were with nature and breathing mountain air. I am entering both my blogs as I realized I have macros in my photos in the new blog too; Living From Happiness.

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  28. Your photos are so amazing! Love them!
    Have wonderful days and happy hiking! :)

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  29. Beautiful photos! The colours are really great!

    LG anna

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  30. I love waterdrops! They are so full of life. I made a mistake by linking my post. Can you catch it, please?

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  31. Those raindrops are spectacular!

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  32. Your images are just amazing! I'm glad you had a great time on your hike. To me, praying for others is a way to find that extra bit of peace in a day. It's quite therapeutic.

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  33. so enjoyed your up close images with raindrops and the wonderful reflections within them Carole at snaphappyonline.blogspot.com

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  34. Enjoy your time in nature in the mountains - be gentle to yourself and HAVE FUN!

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  35. I am so happy that you are well enough to get out even if there are problems. SOOOO much better than earlier in the season.. Hike on... hugs..Michelle

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  36. wow- amazing photographs...I love trying to capture images in water droplets, but haven't been too successful yet!

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  37. Beautiful photos! Wonderful water drop!

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