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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Sunday, September 7, 2014

I Heart Macro 69

Oh to live life to the brim,
broken winged,
still fluttering
final breaths visible
as late afternoon rain and sun mingle.

Compassion rises,
not pity, witnessing this
gentle being die.

Are we not all broken winged creatures far before our days come to a close? In my experience, it is this quality of fragility that allows us to know the fullness, the richness, the depth of the blessings we've been granted. 

Thank you Creator of All for the torn places in my life that have taught me to be kinder, more patient, compassionate and grateful. Morning and evening… 


"One thing I ask of the Infinite, One the thing I seek. To dwell in [Your] Presence all the days of my life to awaken to the beauty of each moment as I pass through this world." ~translation of Psalm 27 v.7-9 from Rabbi Yael Levi



I am enjoying these last days of summer. Even though school has begun and leaves are starting to fall there is abundant radiance growing, glowing, not quite ready to flutter into autumn ash and buried by winter to become one with the soil quite yet. 


We had a lovely week with family visiting and now it is back to preparing to teach upcoming meditation classes, healing and holy-day meditation services for me. It looks to be busy week ahead. It is all good and I am thankful to have the opportunity to be of service here in my home community in this way.










Welcome to Week Sixty-Nine 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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S  p  r  e  a  d  the  LOVE. Thanks :-)



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77 comments:

  1. Gorgeous macro shot and beautiful Autumn light you have captured! ~ Happy Week to you!

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  2. Beautiful as always. Your perspective of nature and life are so admirable.

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  3. Your macro's are always a joy to see Michelle.

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  4. Lovely shots. I'm always amazed when butterflies can live and fly when they are so damaged.

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  5. broken wing of a butterfly is a good reminder of our brief sojourn here....love the photos Laura :)

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  6. i think realizing our own fragility helps us to be compassionate and makes us more sensitive for what happens around us... wishing you a good new week laura...

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  7. absolutely lovely pictures...and i like how you draw the line between pity and compassion cause they are certainly different....

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  8. The picture of the broken winged butterfly is beautiful, though so sad. Your other photos, well they're all lovely. Wish I had that talent with a camera.
    Nice that you're preparing for fall and winter Laura. I hope you're feeling well. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog. Always love visiting you here my friend.

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  9. Beautiful pictures, love the butterfly !

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  10. Lovely shots really like the waterdrop

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  11. Autumn is a lovely season, like the slow closing of a door to a period of rest...

    I, however, am enjoying Spring that has sprung with a vengeance, soft green leaves, warm air, sunshine, sunshine, sunshine... Life IS good...

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  12. Beautiful zinnias, I like the little yellow stars around the disc flowers. They make me think of father Abraham, who sojourned in tents, but looked by faith for a city of which the builder and maker is God. I aspire to the faith of father Abraham, who hoped against hope and trusted in One who could raise him from the dead.

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  13. Lovely post. Like the autumn light.
    Have a nice day
    Mormor

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  14. Your pictures are filled with peace. Beautiful!

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  15. Wonderful golden light at this time of year. Thank you for sharing the lovely words and photos.

    Enjoy your week Laura,
    Ruby

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  16. What a superb serie of details presented! Autumn is ready to come... and I have to say that summer is still bright in our part of the world, too! your words and lyrics are so sensitive, touching...

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  17. Your photos are fantastic! The light is gorgeous and also your motives! Have a wonderful sunny week!

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  18. Fabulous shots but I love the sun shining through the mossy tree and of course one drop of water.

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  19. "it is this quality of fragility that allows us to know the fullness, the richness, the depth of the blessings we've been granted."
    Your poem is lovely as well as your pictures. Very uplifting read this morning-thank you.

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  20. Nice macros! And I really like the idea of compassion rather than pity.

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  21. As gentlewinged and fragile always end like the way a burnt love-letter crumble in the wind.. such is the autumn.

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  22. I really like the button like flower. I'm thinking of the moon today, like a night nectar sipping butterfly rising and falling and opening and closing its wings.

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  23. Great pics Laura! It lingers on with the goodness of Autumn in the air!

    Hank

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  24. compassion, what a divine quality; have a good week

    much love...

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  25. such exquisite pictures... i am speechless...

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  26. Beautiful! I love the zinnias. Have a great week, Laura!

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  27. Beautiful photographs, beautiful words. Life is so fragile.

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  28. Thanks for the inspiring verses & blooms Laura ~ Enjoy the lingering warmth of summer and first cool breath of autumn ~

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  29. Wonderful shots of the butterfly, flowers and other aspects of nature as well as sharing your thoughts.

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  30. Your photos are such beautifully perfect illustrations for today's meditation. I look forward to adding my feeble efforts soon to I Heart Macro now that we are winding down our summer of travel (and poor internet).

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  31. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos. Sadly I find that people are afraid of their fragility and find it hard to accept it.

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  32. Yes, we all are broken winged creatures, struggling towards the light. What a very sad story, Laura. Bless those girls and may their lives be all their mother dreamed for them.

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  33. Wonderful shots full of love and sunlight.

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  34. Beautiful photos, Laura, and great call to compassion. Thanks. k.

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  35. My favorite of your lovely photos is the one with the light shining through the tree. Happy Autumn!

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  36. You are such a blessing to all those around you!

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  37. such a sad capture... lovely, and as always, great photos!

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  38. Beautifully captured in image and words Laura.It is in the trials of life we find our strengths. And in life´s close, like the butterfly we ready ourselves for that next change in eternal life.

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  39. Too much beauty out there yet, to be ready for winter...

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  40. I love the way you capture the details of the beauty all around you. A treat to look at.

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  41. Very pretty colors, pure beauty in these delightful flowers, excellent photos !!

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  42. Great blue sky in your contribution to SWF!

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  43. Wonderful pics and words, Laura - thanks for sharing.

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  44. A great work of art in the butterfly, very beautiful!

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  45. very contemplative haiku ~ happy weekend to you!

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  46. Of course you would want to give to your community and how lucky they are to have such a gentle spirit... hugs..Michelle

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  47. Oh the Macro I heart it as well. Thank you.

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  48. Hello Laura. Thank you for allowing us to witness with you the valiant last fluttering of this butterfly. Truly, to move through the world despite the limitations of body and time is a miracle to me. Such beauty in taking the time to look, witness, and see the world anew each and every moment. I'll be thinking of you this week extra! I know it will be wonderfilled! XO

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  49. Yet again, simply beautiful photos!

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  50. Great postt, still :)
    Have a nice day.
    Mormor

    http://www.starbear.no/mormor/2014/09/12/nostalgia/

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  51. Beautiful b&w photos too!
    My b&w post at: http://hanshb.wordpress.com/

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  52. magnificent capture of the water drop. many blessings to you for all that you do for others.

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  53. The butterfly picture is definitively my favourite for the day.

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  54. Beautiful pictures. And the haiku is like a peaceful whisper. Really nice.

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  55. The color and light are fantastic! Beautiful!

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  56. Delightful images, I love the flowers and the butterfly!

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  57. What a beautiful series of photos!

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  58. Such a tender haiku, honouring the last moments of that beautiful creature.

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  59. Wonderful shots of the flowers during the last summer days.

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  60. You certainly have been busy with your camera.

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  61. Awesome macros ... great BW shots too!

    Irene

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  62. There is a fine line between pity and compassion, isn't there?

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  63. Living life to the brim is not always easy, but it is always worth it.

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  64. Lovely photos! Thanks for hosting.

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  65. you are such a generous witness to all life's seasons.
    thank you for your gentle loving soul.
    xo

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