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.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I Heart Macro 71


in the spirit of compassion & seeing what is true
acknowledging the mistakes i’ve made this past year
the changes i am still working on as a Rosh Hashanah draws near
the times i have not been patient enough with others or myself
remembering in turning the page that the next breath is fresh
that growth is possible shift happens love is who we are
forward is a circle & we are different each go around

grateful for kindness
unexpected challenges
that led me right here

may suffering teach us to soften our hearts
listen to the cries of our world
longing for mercy
dying for peace 

may we be moved to reach out
do what we can to heal wounds
ancient scabs torn open
show our children that terror & scorn must cease

growth is  always possible 
shift happens 
love     love     love
is who we truly are

may this New Year be sweet & filled with goodness
for all beings everywhere

L’shana Tova Umetuka

Welcome to Week Seventy-One 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: 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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  1. What a beautiful prayer for us all...we surely must embrace love and cast out's to a wonderful, peaceful, hopeful, loving New Year Laura! I have linked in both blogs.

  2. Beautiful images and inspiring words.
    L'Shana Tova.

  3. Love your ripples and your tree branch stretching into the water. Shana tova!

  4. Laura, these photographs are truly so beautiful.

  5. exquisite photos, Laura! lovely details and colors. wise words.

  6. Inspiring words my friend and your photos take my breath away.

  7. I love the LIGHT in your photos, and that droplet is really great! I am so inspired.

  8. A lyrical and lovely autumn tribute.

  9. your message has deep meaning for me this day, humbly I thank you...

  10. so lovely - A shift in energy and in season and within myself. I find myself seeking this time and space.

  11. May it be the perfect new year for you! xx

  12. Surely this is a site well worth seeing.

  13. very beautiful pictures
    autumn leaves with brilliant colors

  14. Very meaningful and heartfelt and if only we all could follow it... hugs...Michelle

  15. So beautiful, Laura ... I see so many hearts, including an incredible shadow heart, a bokeh heart, a flower heart, a leaf heart.
    You are often in my thoughts, dear Laura.

  16. Amazing colours in some of the shots and fantastic reflections in others.

  17. As always I see such beauty through your eyes. You are so very dear. ((hugs))

  18. Such beautiful words and images. "Forward is a circle", I love that!

  19. You know what John Lennon reportedly said. "Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans." Sometimes the unexpected is just what is needed.

  20. Happy New Year Laura,
    these images touch me deeply, the dry leaves that look so like folds of ancient cloth.

  21. Your haiku of being lead puts me in mind of a reflection I wrote today on faith and where it brings us. Lovely.

  22. Hello Laura ! Thanks for your kind words on my blog.

    I always I'm moved by your pictures and your words when I visit your blog on the we reflections contest ; your love for Nature is deep and strong, it shows in the way you are able to capture those beautiful details with so much art (ou heart ? ^^).

    I'm participating to your I heart macro contest, with my candies for soldier ; they are Bergamote de Nancy, a Lorraine (area in North-East of France) candy speciality flavored with bergamot. It is not a flower, but I hope you will find them sweet. ^^

  23. You really have mastered light and colors! Excellent photos!

  24. Love the way you have turned the autumn leaves into stain-glass windows. Great shots.

  25. A sweet New Year, Laura!

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    =^..^= . <3 . >< } } (°>

  26. I love your photos.

  27. i'm back with the golden light and one crimson leaf falling. thank you for returning too! xo


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