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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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Saturday, August 23, 2014

I Heart Macro 67
















A jumble of images, now remembrances of falling waters. Magnificent, thunderous streaming down sun-gold cliffs, ah but we went on further than we had originally planned. It was getting colder as clouds rolled in, following the suggestions of other travelers on a path they had traversed before, we kept going. Until eventually we realized we were not the seasoned hikers they surely must have been, there was no way we could make it across the ridge, tired as we already were. So then and there we turned back down the slick muddy trail. Reminding one another “things don't generally go the way you expect them to” followed by: “how boring life would be without surprises!”

A sudden sandy slide down a boulder took a bite from my knee, very near the end of the hike. The blood trickling down didn’t bother me then, because both knees were already seizing up in pain as muscles contracted, tight elastic vices binding and squeezing, like never before. I'm not sure it was MS related or not, it doesn't really matter. And although Gordon's pack was too heavy and felt burdensome on his shoulders and even his legs, (we did lighten it some for the rest of the week) it was full of exactly what we needed and others too, it turned out, for we helped an older woman with her own knee problems along the way with our first aid gear. They were not as prepared for the unexpected as we were with our unwieldy pack. Our intention of an easy four-hour warm up hike turned into seven.  Day one was grueling, yet beyond beautiful, this carried us along.

We felt frustration. We practiced patience. We opened our hearts in compassion for these bodies, strong yet fragile, not quite up to climbing as high or as much as we'd hoped. Yes, great compassion and joy in the little things. We had to go slower, take gentler hikes on the following days. We never reached a summit this year, and that is fine, it didn’t feel important. There were tiny bright mushrooms, and heart shaped lichens clumped on the softest green moss fronds. A grasshopper posed while rain filled clouds hung heavy above. We found a field of painted wildflowers, tall gaillardia (I think or maybe coneflowers can anyone tell me?), tamped down, by a moose it appeared. On another day we sat by calm waters listening to the gentle flow, cool air on our bare skin, my knees were still too sore to go far. A different lazy afternoon after a short traipse through the woods up an incline that was pocked with ground bee nests, we decided to visit a few small art galleries tucked in a village we’d not been to before, enjoyed a long lunch and then sweeping views of Mt. Chocorua across the lake, a mountain we had climbed, crossing the ridge several years ago. Sunsets each evening and one morning I watched it rise from our bedroom window, staying tucked in for two hours more beneath the covers, grateful for this life, for my husband breathing deeply, still sleeping beside me.  This was not the intense hiking trip we had imagined; it was exactly as it was meant to be. 


On Tuesday, the Hebrew month of Elul begins. This is time to take an honest look at our lives; investigate what is true? What is important? How can I be kinder, soften and open my heart wider, act with more compassion? Nature and my body, as they often do, have me prepared to engage with this deep soul-work. So I offer a jumble of images, now remembrances, to you this week.






a grasshopper paused
we could all taste rain coming

shelter seemed pointless

why not enjoy the cool drops
drink in life's blessings
exactly as they're offered



Welcome to Week Sixty-Seven 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!


Thank you to all 77 participants last week, I think that is the most people joining in so far, wow! I hope to visit and see your beautiful photos this week now that I am home.

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...

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60 comments:

  1. Gorgeous macro photography as always and glad to hear you are doing well ~ getting out and hiking and enjoying life ~ lots of healing hugs ~ xoxox

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  2. What a beautiful hike and wonderful meditation on what is important ~ especially love the waterfalls :)

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  3. Oh yes, I manage to discover a lovely mushroom over here.

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  4. Thanks for a wonderful walk in the forest! Lovely all the views... the waterfall is fantastic! Have a great week!

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  5. Magical images Laura, I loved the heart-shaped lichen. So sorry about your poor knees and hope other hikes are free from hurt. I have joined in this week again. Happy to have some macro's to share with you. Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

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  6. I love the colors in your beautiful pictures!

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  7. feasted my eyes here Laura..enjoyed the haiku...and hey the grasshopper's so shiny !!

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  8. Sounds like you had a wonderful time even if it didn't go exactly as planned. I'm so happy for you. Have a great day, Laura!

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  9. I love the way you use colour in your macros. And good advice:)

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  10. Beautiful Pictures I especially love the orange mushroom. Thank you Laura for hosting and see you around.

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  11. What beautiful photos. The black and whites are great. The trail certainly looks a lot harder that I'd be able to manage.

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  12. Wonderful and so different photos!

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  13. Lovely photos, really like the flowers and the grasshopper

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

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  15. Your grasshopper is so cute, but I'm glad I don't see many in my garden. I enjoyed the photos and description of your hike, what a challenging and fun thing to do.

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  16. I love that you challenge yourself and now I am about to do that as i feel more confident after surgery...your pictures are breathtaking especially the lichen. My first entry this week is a black and white challenge. And tomorrow more from my garden.

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  17. Thank you for sharing your journey and fascinating photos .... amazing dark skies and reflections!

    Happy Sunday!
    Ruby

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  18. Gorgeous flowers and images.. A lovely post, Laura! Happy Sunday!

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  19. What a gorgeous array of photos, ending with the sweet heart-shaped lichen!

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  20. Those blanket flowers/cornflowers are taking a beating!! Still a very beautiful flower!

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  21. You macro of flower on the first serie of shots are amazing... I like the way you capture life with your camera. The hike must have been so fullfilling : the location look so pretty, with this stunning little waterfall...

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  22. Beautiful images of the flowers.

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  23. STUNNING images and sometimes the best laid plans are MEANT to be changed. The universe and our bodies are really good at telling us what we should do even if our minds think otherwise. Hope your knees are better and frankly after that much scrambling my non MS knees would have been screaming! Take care lovey.

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  24. Absolutely beautiful images Laura and a most important message regarding acceptance! Hope your knees recovered quickly and fully.

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  25. Thank you for the invitation to "I HEART MACRO" and showing all your great fotos!
    Greatings,
    Heike (BLACK SHEEP COMPANY)

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  26. wonderful images. I love them.
    Greatings
    Armida

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  27. Thank you Laura for sharing these beautiful remembrances. All the photos are so lovely. Impossible to pick out a favorite. Have a wonderful week.

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  28. Great photos - I especially like the waterfalls.

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  29. Lovely photos Laura. Even with the fall, I expect the hike was good for the soul.

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  30. I love the bright cheerful colors of the flowers and also the black and white shot. All these shots are great and your narrative is so heartfelt.

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  31. LOVELY set! Thank you for sharing with us!

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  32. Wild thing! You make my heart sing!

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  33. Sounds like a wonderful time! And such gorgeous shots too.

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  34. Looks like a great place. Love that fuzzy shot a lot!

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  35. Beautiful late summer captures you made, Laura!
    I took my floral hodgepodge on the Danube horticultural Show in the southeast of Germany, in the town of Deggendorf, close to the border to Austria.

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  36. oh my goodness...I could never do that hike. I was so tired after chasing after the poor gosling, but I am so glad that you got to do it even with the problems and injury. I would be so happy for myself. Love the photos as always...Michelle

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  37. Nice artwork, great, wonderful flowers !! I love your photos!
    Greetings!

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  38. Beautiful captures ... Mr. Grassshopper is my favorite :) He's so green and shiny!

    Happy Friday!

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  39. Came from SWF.
    Lovely post and photos. Have a great day, Laura.

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  40. Awesome deep blue skies!
    http://amitaag.blogspot.in/2014/08/summer.html

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  41. Oh there's nothing like nature to fill the soul. Sounds like you had a wonderful adventure. Love all the bubbling water.
    Thanks for sharing it with us, and thanks for continuing to link up with Reconnect with Nature. Always enjoy your posts. xx

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  42. Dear Laura, thanks for the invitation to join I Heart Macro. I have been hesitant because my photos are without those special photography skills, (I'm no expert at all) but I prepared one for this weekend and will be linking up. Hope I pass.

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  43. Accepting the unexpected and offering thanks---that is a sign of grace in the soul.

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  44. have a nice weekend, enjoy the rain

    much love...

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  45. dear one,
    your generous post has taken me on a spiritual journey. thank you for your haiku of true acceptance and these words...
    "On Tuesday, the Hebrew month of Elul begins. This is time to take an honest look at our lives; investigate what is true? What is important? How can I be kinder, soften and open my heart wider, act with more compassion?" questions i hope one day the entire world will require of themselves.

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  46. Laura, Beautiful photos. Your hike sounds like a wonderful experience (minus the scraped knee). Always a treat to view your posts. Hope all is well.

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  47. I enjoyed reading about your adventure and seeing the glorious pictures!

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  48. the grasshopper looks like a gem, meant to be worn! you really took on quite a challenge. glad to hear you are able to take on hikes. in my youth, I would have expected myself to reach the summit or I'd have considered myself a failure. it feels good, doesn't it to accept oneself's limits with gratitude?

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  49. Looks like you achieved your own personal summit, with is great!!

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  50. I love grasshoppers... and smelling the rain. Beautiful photos and haiku!

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  51. Such a lovely post! The photos of sky and water and macros were gorgeous!

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