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, October 19, 2014

I Heart Macro 75



Late Friday afternoon as the sun was descending, I took a walk to a nearby pond with my camera to photograph grasses you may remember from a fairly recent post.  Now twisted and bent from autumn's wildly varying temperatures, I marveled once again at these grasses essentially growing through sand, covered by a fresh layer of fallen leaves. Through sand! It seems so impossible. 



Some blades were beginning to bleach and blond, while others wore multi-hued stripes.



Nearer the water’s edge, vivid green summer remnants laced through golden fronds, while light winked on the sapphire pond.


As if this beauty was not enough,  wind tickled seeded tufts at the tippy tops of frail grasses. With patience, I waited for slight pauses and held my breath too, attempting to photograph these illusive wispy white “feathers”.





Looking up I witnessed leafy jewels arched over the pool. Turning, I spied an amber glow of pine needles draped over a dark branch.



And then more, entangled with emerald, life and death woven into one starry basket. 



Seeds adrift on the surface speckled the spaces between decaying leaves, branches, bark and pine needles. Skittering upon these rafts a surprising number of insects swarmed, a ceaseless commingling of life, death and pure potential.


ceaseless commingling
life death and pure potential
float on timeless pool


Gratitude washes over me each time I stroll down the road to this sanctuary I happened upon for the first time last autumn. It is an honor, a privilege to be intimate with these common yet often overlooked exquisite wild grasses in this way, to be able to walk, bend, squat, kneel down on the sand. I do not take any of this for granted. Tired in the evening, my legs unable to climb the steps, lifted up to bed, I remember not only the tremendous blessing of movement, but the gift of seeing, being present to fine threaded grasses, growing miraculously through sand, and the tenderness of my husband's strong arms.

Next Sunday I'll walk with at least 23 different faith communities as we join together for the 30th Annual Nashua CROP Walk for Hunger. There is still time to offer a secure online donation if you'd like to support our efforts to feed hungry families locally and abroad. 

~with heartfelt thanks to everyone who has already generously contributed,
Laura


Welcome to Week Seventy-Five 
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. 

Visit each other...

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



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68 comments:

  1. So much love and tenderness in your post Laura...and what wonderful news that you have exceeded your Crop Walk goal. Our sanctuaries are so very special for us...I am linking in with my new blog and I will link up with my other blog tomorrow...

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  2. All wonderful photographs this week. Too hard to pick a favorite !

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  3. Congratulations Laura, that is quite an achievement. Your posts are always inspiring and your photos always exquisite. Have a great week and thank you so much for linking with Today's Flowers :)

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  4. I'm glad you were able to reach your goal so quickly. Your photos as always are beautiful.

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  5. The photos are fabulous - I felt like I was walking right along with you - enjoying the things most people pass right by.

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  6. Very beautiful photos this week, Laura. Thank you.

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  7. Your photos are exquisite. You seem to be bringing out the best in these plants.

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  8. Your photos of fall certainly make us think about beginnings and endings, and the journey we are on in between, with all the other beings all around, whether we relate to them or not.

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  9. Beautiful photos, Laura! I love the seeds and the pine needles. Have a great week.

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  10. Such a simple thing like grass can be so beautiful in a good shot ! Beautiful !

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  11. Beautiful pictures of the grasses!

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  12. I've never looked at grasses so up close, they are beautiful, thank you for opening my eyes...

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  13. The golden light in late afternoon autumn days can be amazing.
    Beautiful photos Laura!

    Have a lovely week,
    Ruby

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  14. I love your photos of different grasses and all the colors of autumn! You see the beauty in all things! That´s wonderful!

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  15. To see the beauty in all things and in all places, a true and great gift Laura

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  16. The many varied colors and positions in these humble grasses.

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  17. Always lovely and so divine and spiritual !

    Happy Week to you.
    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  18. I really enjoyed your photos of the grasses. I love finding surprising beauty in the small things in nature. So glad for you that your MS is better and you are able to do the things you love. I share your love of the natural world.

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  19. love the beauty you find in the usual things like the grasses and the lovely colors as they are passing life into death, or just drying out for the season...

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  20. Very fine pictures you show.
    Thank you for your visit at my blog.
    I tried to link up my pictures too, but the linkytool says: A valid internet address is required. I don't know why, because I copied the address... Sorry.

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    1. Thank you for your help, Laura, maybe next time it will work better...

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  21. Really nice light and framing, beautiful photos!

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  22. Nice light in this image.

    We have 'flat' sundews as well - the leaves grow in a disc - but my one is a but more showy - the flowers bend round like a shepherds crock as well.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne (who may be having word verification issues!)

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  23. Thank you very much for everything Laura!

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  24. Beautiful photos, the light in October makes everything so photogenic.

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  25. The landscape does not need "color" to be really beautiful and simply amazing. The light in these images is really spectacular, it was the perfect time of day to take a walk!!

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  26. Que lindas tuas fotos e parabéns pelas 75 semanas!! bjs, chica

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  27. Beautiful photos...golden autumn....
    Best regards, Karin

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  28. Gorgeous images from your visit to the sanctuary... The grasses, colors and lighting are lovely.. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  29. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and hosting this wonderful meme Laura. Have a great week!

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  30. Very beautiful. I love the wild grasses that grow on our land, watching their patterns in the wind is wonderful.

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  31. Nature is full of beauty any time of year, if we but take the time to look. You've made me want to take a walk!!

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  32. I am so happy that you raised so much money to sponsor your walk. These are beautiful photos in their simplicity....hugs..Michelle

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  33. The "timeless pool", a place for pondering...x

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  34. What beautiful images, Laura, I can see you share my love of nature's bounty, in all its various forms.

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  35. Your post is a complete book of poetry dedicated to the beauty of Mother Nature's creations. I enjoyed it so much!

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  36. A wonderful and beautiful ode to nature, Laura. Bless you.

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  37. How restful to be floating on a timeless pool!

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  38. What a beautiful photos of automn's atmosphere... Well done Laura...Your photos are really fabulous...

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  39. ....and wonderful in b&w too!
    My post at: http://hanshb.wordpress.com/

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  40. I love those feathery tufts in black and white!

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  41. You can't beat the inspiration Nature provides!

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  42. Gorgeous selections photographs. Have a good weekend.

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  43. Your pictures speak to the heart ! And your words speak to the mind... I feel nurished every week when I come to see your weekend reflection participation. Have a lovely end of week.

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  44. dearest,
    i am honored and humbled with every visit. thanks for your kind, warm and generous heart.
    xo

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  45. Ah Laura, your posts never disappoint. :) More beautiful photographs and words.
    I really appreciate the idea behind slowing down, and capturing beautiful moments with your camera. And l love how you always remind us that creativity is a spiritual practice.
    Thanks for continuing to link up with Reconnect with Nature.xx

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  46. I have left a reply under your comment on Loose Ends.

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  47. wow- stunning photo. The light is so excellent!

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  48. Wonderful series of photos! Especially I like the B&W shot! Beautiful contrast here!

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