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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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Sunday, September 28, 2014

I Heart Macro Week 72





Murmuring tefilot old as time companioned us as we followed the stream up the mountain path. Voices deep and high filled with longing, love, sorrow, gratitude, every tone audible in the davenen waters. This is what I heard in the tumbling current passing over and around boulders and smooth stones.




T’shuvah visible looking down as again and again we carefully crossed the meandering brook, Autumn sun glistening on bright wet leaves, our boots and hearts imprinting prayers of our own with each step, sinking into raw umber mud.


As body, mind, heart and soul preparation for Yom Kippur, we took a Shabbat T’shuvah hike, awed by Creation renewed for another year, blessed to witness change with our ears, eyes, noses, inhaling the sweet scent of balsam, the pungency of moldering leaves and fungi.


With each turn, another sighing release, maple, ash, birch, gracefully letting go, ever so gently without a hint of breeze to assist, just letting go; making space for prayers to echo through eternity.








Looking up through the forest canopy I thought of Neilah, and saw that heaven’s gates were not, are not anywhere near closing. That is not to say chapters in our lives do not end, that life clothed in the fragile vessels of our human bodies does not end, rather, while we are here, in human form, the Source of all Being does not close gates, will not shut us out or withdraw compassion. Yet is up to us to listen, see, smell, feel, taste; immerse ourselves in the fullness of each moment we have been granted. 


We must re-imagine "the gates," as an invitation to walk through, stand, sit, be, live with wisdom, courage and kindness, love fully, thankful for blessings, great and small, albeit sometimes hidden in challenges and sorrow, still freely given each day. When our hearts are open, it is clear that the gates are too.


*tefilot - Hebrew - prayers
 davenen- Yiddish -praying
 t’shuvah- Hebrew - turn/return
 Yom Kippur- Hebrew - Day of Atonement (or At -Onement)
 Shabbat T’shuvah- Hebrew - Sabbath of Return
 neilah- Hebrew - literally "closing gate" 
 Neilah is also the name of the closing service of this Jewish Holy Day.


Welcome to Week Seventy-Two 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!



find that secret place
the hidden heart of your heart
love and live from here


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. *If I don't get a chance to stop by and see what you've posted this week, know that I am immersed in preparing to teach meditation on Yom Kippur, possibly a recording of the teaching (if there is time) all in between doctor's appointments, not for me but for family members this very short, full week.

Visit each other...

S  p  r  e  a  d  the  LOVE. Thanks :-)



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64 comments:

  1. Beautiful thoughts around this time...and your images are so uplifting and spiritual...I also feature a dew covered flower.

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  2. Your photos definitely do justice to this beautiful time of year.

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  3. A lovely walk Laura, with many beautiful sights to see. Thank you for sharing your wise words with us and your always gorgeous photographs.

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  4. Your words and beautiful photos lift the heart, as always. I could feel your soul soaring as you rounded every curve and saw each new vision of beauty. Loved this!

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  5. nice shots, the leaves sure do have some great colours now.

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  6. letting go to make space for prayers to echo through eternity...i like the thought of that...beautiful pics...

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  7. Wonderful autumn photos. I love the water drops and the leaves. I wish you a great week, Laura!

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  8. Hi! Nice collection of colorful autumn leaf photos. Your macro photos are very cool. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous series of photos! Real autuum feeling!

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  10. Lovely shots, a palette of nature's colors....

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  11. What a journey you taken us on. We don't have to look far to see the beauty all around us.

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  12. Beautiful post Laura........your forest looks amazing.....thank you!

    Best wishes,
    Ruby

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  13. Beautiful fall colors! Wish you a nice week! Greetings from Romania!

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  14. Fall is certainly a time for celebration, and also self-introspection, and forming a new connection with our Creator. The flame-colored trees are magnificent, fall color has not come yet to my area.

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  15. Your post always an inspiration.
    Thanks for dropping by, Laura. Have a great week ahead.

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  16. You have excelled yourself with this post Laura.

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  17. Lovely images! Thanks for hosting, Laura.

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  18. Beautiful pics Laura! Great talents in photography!

    Hank

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  19. Stunning shots - such works of art!

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  20. Beautiful pictures and thoughts Laura. A lovely meditative blog hike. Thanks for it.

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  21. Amazing photos Laura. I feel like I have been on a beautiful journey!

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  22. Beautifully expressed thoughts and gorgeous fall images.

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  23. Your take on the fall forest feeds. Lovely.

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  24. A very nice photo serie..great job ...
    Best regards, Karin

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  25. Thank you for the meditation Laura and for the beautiful Autumn pictures. I tend to feel like Autumn is an end to something, but your words and pictures make me realize that it is a new beginning.

    Thank you so much for hosting; I am happy to be back to this lovely meme.

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  26. Love the forest scenes and colors..Lovely images, Laura!

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  27. I never tire of observing the tiny details of creation that surround us.

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  28. I love your macros of the beautiful fall leaves and rain drops, Laura

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  29. Speechless..... Incredible Shots....too good....:)

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  30. gorgeous captures! love the droplets!
    i always enjoy your photos and your words.

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  31. I love all the leaves! Beautiful!

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  32. Those photos are incredibly amazing, the light and textures are great. I wish i can have access to an area like that here, but we have to go out from the city just for that.I miss the woods too, though we don't have much of your colors here in the tropics. Thanks also for the words of wisdom.

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  33. Thank you for your lovely words on my blog and for your invitation to "I Heart Macro". I love to participate!
    Your pics are gorgeous. My favorite one is the one with the red tree! ♥
    Best,
    Jessica

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  34. Loving your droplets and fall colors! I miss them so much!

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  35. Beautifully heartfelt thoughts and photos.....hug... Michelle

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  36. "The love up close... We must re-imagine "the gates," as an invitation to walk through, stand, sit, be, live with wisdom, courage and kindness, love fully, thankful for blessings, great and small, albeit sometimes hidden in challenges and sorrow, still freely given each day. When our hearts are open, it is clear that the gates are too"....

    You have said words of great wisdom that touched me and I will gladly think of their meanings and I will like to quote them, (in one day) if you will allow me...
    Have a sunny autumn for yourself and the whole family, too.

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  37. Incredibly beautiful pictures! Love all the ones with water drops!

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  38. Dropped by for your sky shots but fell in love with your macro shots!!

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  39. Wow...amazing...so much of natures own artwork...it can't be beat.

    Thanks for the invite to add my photos of the dragonflies...will do.

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  40. Beautiful as always, Laura. I love the droplets on the leaves.

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  41. Beautiful post Laura, you truly can find so much in nature if you take the time to look. Those photos of the leaves covered in water droplets are divine!
    As always, thanks for sharing with us at Reconnect with Nature. xx

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  42. Beautiful shot Laura, you truly can find so many things in nature if you take the time to look. The images of the water droplets on the leaves are divine!
    As always thanks for linking up with us at Reconnect with Nature. xx

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  43. Beautiful photos - all of them! Those various raindrops are so lovely.

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  44. Fantastic post with lots of beautiful colours

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  45. what amazing shots of an absolutely stunning spot! I especially love the water (dew?) on the leaves and the almost x-ray lighting on them too.

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  46. I love your post, Laura, I'm so fond of your pictures... I specially enjoy the one with a little star of light reflected on the water between leaves ; it touched my heart.

    No macro for me this week, I can't go out without my car (knee trouble in cause, *sigh*), and it is not vetry practicle to find subject for inspiration, using a car to go outside...

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  47. Very interesting these exquisite works Delicious autumn! I love the delicacy in the first.

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  48. beautiful photos once again, lovely also in BW

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  49. I thought I already wrote a repu, Lovely photos nce again, also in BW.

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  50. Awesome forest shots. Love the leaf photos..

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  51. Laura, your captures of autumn are brilliant, right down to the stars shining on fallen leaves. They encapsulate the very essence of the season.

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  52. Always beautiful macro shots here and love how you incorporated the Yiddish meanings into the photography ~ blessings to you ~

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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