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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, October 5, 2014

I Heart Macro 73












reaching this season
grateful for a life that’s blessed
my heart overflows

This coming Wednesday evening begins the festival of Sukkot. It is often referred to as z'man simchateinu, the season of our joy. It is the Jewish harvest festival that Thanksgiving in the United States is based on, a holiday of gratitude for the abundance we experience in our lives.  I've been watching the squirrels, chipmunks and birds feasting as they prepare for winter. It is amazing how much food nature provides for them. Sadly, although there is plenty of food grown in our world, it isn't available to everyone and neither is clean water.






there are more
empty bowls and swollen bellies
than a comfortable body can fathom
the inequities of food and clean water
boggle the mind sink a compassionate heart
like stone in an endless sea of tears
to give a little is never enough
still it is something






There is a joke, (was a joke) in my family that I can't bake bread. It is true, in the past every time I would attempt to bake challah for Shabbat or for holidays it would just be hard and flat. For a long time I gave up. This year was different. I made bread; really delicious (according to my family) challah and it rose higher than I could have hoped. Ok it isn't perfectly round as a traditional Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur challah should be, but it was close. During Yom Kippur, our rabbi encouraged us to contemplate ways we could be more supportive to our shul community, the greater local community and the world community. As my feet crunched acorns and leaves scattered on the road this morning, I thought about his challenge, I thought about the bread I baked. If I could get bread to rise this year, perhaps this would be a good year to actively raise money to help feed hungry people too! 



On October 26th, I will be walking to raise funds for hunger with our interfaith community for the Nashua CROP Walk. As long time followers of this blog know, it wasn't many years ago that I was in a wheelchair most days, and while at night I still need assistance walking up the steps to bed, with good medication, mediation and medical care, most days I walk just like the average person. I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am for the blessing of walking on my own two feet in this beautiful world. Both last summer and this one I've hiked mountains, surely I can walk a few city blocks to help feed hungry people. To achieve this, I need your help! This is the 30th anniversary of our local CROP Walk. I figure if there are over well over 1000 people who read my blog, surely, thirty of you will donate $10 or, sixty could donate $5 to assist me in reaching a modest goal of $300 over the next three weeks? 

    ...to give a little is never enough still it is something. 
I hope you will join me on this journey as our community takes steps to raise funds toward ending hunger-- every dollar raised will make a real impact! Please open your heart and pockets and donate by clicking this link.

Welcome to Week Seventy-Three 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.

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57 comments:

  1. Dazzling macro shot and so seasonal ~ Hope your holidays are wonderful!

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  2. So true, to give little is not enough...but if everyone gives a little it will become enough for all!

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  3. Laura - a very mindful and blessings-filled post!

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  4. What wonderful macros you've posted - absolutely stunning! Here's wishing you a happy, nourishing Sukkot :)

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  5. Congratulations on finding a heart made of flowers! Your acorn caps are cute. It's great that you learned to get your challah to rise, it looks yummy.

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  6. To give a little is better than nothing - wonderful pictures..

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  7. Nice shots - so different to the state of the plants here.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

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  8. Stunning selection of images...and yes...so many of us have so much and the rest have almost nothing.

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  9. Beautiful selection of pictures

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  10. Love your photos, as always! I can make yeast bread but I cannot make biscuits (American ones) to save my life. I always came up with hockey pucks :(

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  11. Fabulous images........lovely bread!

    Wishing you a happy week Laura,
    Ruby

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  12. A wonderful posts and such beautiful macros! I love the colors!

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  13. Lovely post, Laura. All the best with the walk.

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  14. As always an abundant post Laura. I linked in with both my blogs...lots going on and I loved your fruit found out and about in nature. I provide for nature in my garden and I would be happy to support you with $10 in the Crop Walk. Oh and your challah is my husband's favorite. His mouth is watering right now. Much love to you my friend.

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  15. Lovely fall finds. Your bread looks delicious!

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  16. Sorry I'm a little late, I've been doing some home renovation this weekend. Love you photos and Yes, I'd be honored to help you with your cause.

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  17. Sehr schöne Herbstimpressionen....in den typischen Herbstfarben.
    Liebe Grüße, Karin

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  18. The pictures are beautiful as is your heart. I'll be donating a little to support your walk. Wish I could walk with you.

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  19. that little is magical...thanks for this wonderful post Laura...

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  20. It has been ages since I've indulged in challah.. yours looks so yummy. Beautiful post, Laura. I'd love to walk with you but the next best thing is to support your cause. Consider it done.

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  21. to give a little is never enough... but really, it is. And the bread shots are fabulous!!!

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  22. I love the autumn macro shots ~ We are indeed blessed to be living in our countries while so many are living in challenging situations ~ Have a wonderful week Laura ~

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  23. Glowing treasures;
    Glowing sentiments



    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^= .

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  24. Wonderful photos! i especially love the acorn caps.

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  25. Beautiful post and photos!Your bread looks yummy!:) I wish you a very nice week , dear Laura!

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  26. Wonderful shots. And that bread looks delicious.

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  27. A lovely and needed message, Laura. Congrats on the bread!

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  28. Well, fall ... I still miss the summer, but your photos show the best of what we can have now ...

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  29. Excellent post. Such good and educational things to read here...plus an added bonus of glorious images.

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  30. that is a lovely idea and so glad that you're able to walk again... your thankfulness shines through...

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  31. Lots to see and photograph this time of year! A lovely series.

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  32. Those fruits are the real money and acorns to hold them in.

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  33. Our squirrels have been really busy stashing away food for winter in our shed. I wonder what the mess will look like in the spring, but I hate to disturb all of there efforts this late. - Margy

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  34. Thank you for sharing your stunning photos! The challah looks stunning. Kuddos for taking part in the walk and I am glad you are back on your feet. A very inspiring post, Laura, in many ways.

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  35. Your bread looks delicious! It's fun to bake this time of the year. Lovely images :)

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  36. Great way to call awareness to this worldwide problem. Good poem.

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  37. Beautiful pics again you have here, Laura! Noble thing to do for the walk. Wishing you every success in your endeavors. Thanks for sharing!

    Hank

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  38. Hello Laura, I am a bit late...thank you for hosting. Have a good week and by the way lovely collection of shots!

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  39. Inspirational post Laura. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
    Wishing you well for your walk, and will be there supporting you in spirit. xx

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  40. I am happy to donate to your walk....I know how much it means to you..hugs..Michelle

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  41. Laura, gorgeous fall images.. Your bread looks delicious.. Have a great weekend and happy skywatching!

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  42. Google at my comment so I'm trying again. Your photos are wonderful and I wonder what camera you use as I am in the market for a new one..for stills, not Go Pro. How awesome that you can leave your wheelchair behind. Besides medicine, your faith must be very strong. I believe faith is stronger than chemicals. I envy you and I miss hiking. Take care.

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  43. From your overflowing heart to mind, what a glorious hommage to Fall.

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  44. fills me with warmth, especially the photographs.

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  45. Beautiful photography! I love the mix of shapes and colors.

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  46. I'm not sure what I like best, this week : the berries, the bread, the leaves, the acorn sup... Your words, always so well chosen... Thanks for the sharing, Laura.

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  47. .love the spirit of your haiku

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  48. These photos are so delicious . yam. thanks for sharing<3

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  49. dearest,
    thank you for infusing your posts with your traditions and family stories. i love the closeness and care that grows from such honest sharing. we are all one. to live in the world knowing this and caring about our choices so we reflect this oneness if the soul nourishing. yes to appreciating ever step that is offered in love and care of each other. gratitude and compassion make every season a season of joy. xo

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  50. outside of haiku my heart, i have taken a year off from social media to practice silence, to take time to look deeply within. suddenly it is october and i feel myself resurfacing. what better way to return to the world of blogging then to share the art of remembering. i hope you will join me in this deeply meaning time of acknowledging our loved ones. i miss you. xo

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