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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Saturday, October 25, 2014

I Heart Macro 76




This past Shabbat we read the biblical story of Noah, the flood that destroyed every living thing except what was protected on the ark by Noah and his family. I wrote the words below on Thursday, after a meditation practice with my teacher Rabbi Nancy Flam drawn from this famous text. Pouring rain was the soundtrack to our silence. 

All of the photos with the exception of the "semi-naked" trees taken the afternoon of our mini-flood, are from a walk the day prior, before the brunt of the storm hit. I needed to get out and walk, stay in shape for the CROP Walk this afternoon. 





Listening to the rain
the rain
the rain
day dark as night
wind howling kept
sleep at bay
waves of sound
and water rising
as streets flooded
violently washing yesterday’s folly
away


it seemed all had been lost


until i saw the rainbow
wet clean bright promise


arrayed at my feet


autumn leaves
strewn on glossy black pavement
a new path opened up.


Now the trees laid bare
reveal their bony essence




the leaves too will soon be stripped of colorful flesh.





May I be soft and pliant like a roadside leaf steeped in rain, mysteriously dissolving into less in order to nourish the potential for becoming more.

If you wish, listen to me recite this poem here.


torn leaf draped on drain
heart shaped hole lets the rain through
life sustaining tears


Thank you, thank you everyone for your support through both kind words and donations! Together you helped me raise $776 toward relieving hunger locally and abroad! Amazingly, toward the end of the walk as we were all gathered celebrating with music and food, just before my friend's from the New Fellowship Baptist Church Choir were getting ready to sing "He Reigns" (and it was drizzling), the sun came out through the drops, we all looked up and there was a rainbow! 

It is still possible to make a contribution even though this year's walk is over, the need for food and clean water is not. http://hunger.cwsglobal.org/goto/laurahegfield


Coincidence? Perhaps. Others would say the Holy Blessed One has a great sense of humor and apparently enjoys playing with language… or maybe that's just us humans? (Reigns/rains… I thought it was funny.)

Welcome to Week Seventy-Six
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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78 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Laura. You see your world like nobody else. Congrats on raising those donations and especially for participating as you have. Gorgeous pics. I love your boots in the leaves.

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  2. Great series of autumn shots! Especially I like the shots with the raindrops on the leaves!
    Have a wonderful sunday!

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  3. I especially like the pattern in your work this week.My favourites are the ones with round drops of water. You were saying on my blog..that my geometric work reminds you of your college days and playing with shapes..and I guess it is my former art teaching (school) days which have influenced me on Geometric Friday. But I can't help seeing pattern where ever I go. I guess we all here are the same.

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  4. Every leaf, the shiny black road with the reflection of the trees, the colourful leaves, the poem, all stunningly beautiful!

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  5. So many wonderful images. I love all of them.
    Have a happy weekend.

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  6. Very beautiful pictures! I wish you a great sunday!

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  7. trees are always a giver and after they are worn out they give nourishment to the earth.

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  8. What a beautiful series, Laura. We have had some strong rains here too in the past few weeks. They wash the beautiful colors away. I especially like the one photo of the leaves on the very wet road.

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  9. i love the sound of rain...it is like a lullaby...even when violent
    and what relief in it washing away yesterdays folly, eh? smiles.

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  10. A beautiffully poignant post Laura.

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  11. Beautiful series! Wish you a nice day!

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  12. The photos are lovely. Wishing you well.

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  13. Beautiful photos, love all the rain!

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  14. Yes.. the darkness of winter is starting to eat my heart by now... really well captured in image and words.

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  15. Beautiful poetry. I think the whole earth is experiencing a cleansing, a renewal, a rebirth, a universal flooding.
    I love the seeing the colorful leaves. They'll disintegrate and create newness. Thanks for your post.

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  16. You capture the essence of what a storm is beautifully, Laura.

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  17. Heisann!
    Lovely post, you can link to my BSW as well!!!!
    Hope it is OK that i "borrow" your poem for my post????
    Have a nice Sunday Eve ;:OD)

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  18. Beautiful Autumn pics with Autumn leaves still a beauty even though lying on the ground It's your special treatment that gives life and color to them. Great, Laura thanks for sharing!

    Hank

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  19. yes, the rain does have power to keep sleep away (sometimes gently; others, as here, rudely)…your photos capture your words perfectly. Thank you.

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  20. Beautiful words and photos - that rain-washed street is especially beautiful.

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  21. Beautiful as the luminescence of autumn itself :)

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  22. As it turned out, I did wish to hear you read it, and then had to find this form to tell you how magnificent I find your poem especially how you build towARD AND DESCRIBE THE MYSTERY OF BECOMING LESS TO BECOME MORE. LOVE.

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  23. A beautiful Autumn in your photos Laura, and I love the rain.

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  24. Lovely leaves. I really like the picture of the wet road.

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  25. beautiful post and images Laura. I don't think it coincidence about the rainbow but God's blessing.

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  26. A great fall poem. Like the idea of being pliant like a wet leaf.

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  27. I love the waterdrops on the leaves. Have a wonderful week, Laura.

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  28. Your photos are particularly beautiful this week, Laura.

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  29. Wow! I am so impressed of your photos!

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  30. I don't like the rain, but I love your raindrops !

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  31. I forgot to tell that you have a wonderful voice. :) Have a nice week

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  32. your pictuers are awesome. I love the colors and the glow of the rain.

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  33. An amazing post and photos!
    Have a great time, much love and blessings

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  34. Beautiful photos Laura - the third is amazing! The richness of colour at this time of year is astounding.
    Thanks for sharing your words and images......

    Have a lovely week,
    Ruby

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  35. Beautiful story, beautiful poem and stunning images...can't wait to see the rainbow. I only have macros in my garden blog which I linked here...you can read my poem though at my other blog which has sunset shots but no macros so I didn't link that one this week.

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  36. Lovely autumnal shots, Laura. Thanks for hosting.

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  37. Gosh I so love each and every one of these shots! The composition on all of them was just fabulous!!!!!

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  38. Beautiful amazing aspects of autumn!! and that path is so stunning with the reflection and the mix of colors!! Love it! stunning all the pictures! Have a sunny and pleasant week !

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  39. Such beautiful watery photos. The imagery in your poem complements the visual images so wonderfully.

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  40. Very creative autumnal photography ~ delightful post ~

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  41. "May I be soft and pliant like a roadside leaf steeped in rain, mysteriously dissolving into less in order to nourish the potential for becoming more" Beautiful! as of course are the images. The rainbow at the end of the day? … that is a wonderful stamp of approval IMO.'

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  42. It is a lovely time of year and I LOVE the reigns/rains coincidence. :)

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  43. Those boots in those leaves... Wondrous Image!!!!!

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  44. Such beauty at this time of year!

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  45. I love this poem, both the message and the form/flow of it. I also like that "pouring rain was the soundtrack to our silence."

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  46. Hello Laura,

    What a beautiful post, gorgeous images I love the raindrops and the pretty leaves.. Have a happy week!

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  47. autumn + macro = two of my favorite things in the world
    :-)

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  48. So many macro pictures that could be framed and put on the wall!

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  49. Ah, fall. So much color! I especially love the one with the shiny road going into the forest. I am about to post a watercolor that I did yesterday ... it's a bit like this. Enjoyed the background of last week being Parshat Noach.

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  50. So happy that you have your voice and feel working...wonderful prose and photos... Michelle

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  51. all of these are beautiful! maybe because texas doesn't get much fall color - and certainly, we could use some rain, too. :)

    sometimes i have a hard time loading your blog. just as i'm leaving a comment, it'll reset and reload and i start all over, but i appreciate the beauty you share, here!

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  52. A wonderful series of captures, Laura. I especially like the leaves and reflections on the wet road, and the rainbow shot. (I do believe God has a sense of humour too!)

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  53. Beautiful sky and nature shots.

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  54. Your drops are so awesome and your other captures are just as pretty. I so love your autumn colors. Glad all turned out well :)

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  55. Gorgeous autumn leaves and sky!

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  56. Love the pavement shot! Reminds me of rainy afternoons at home.

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  57. Your poem touched my heart, Laura. Even more so the words about the heart-shaped hole in the leaf. Thank you for your loving thoughts and prayers for my family.

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  58. I empathize with torn leaf laying in the gutter...x

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  59. I love the way those raindrops magnify the veins in the leaf.

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  60. Awesome autumn's colour...Wonderful serie of photos...I love the path with the water reflection ...I enjoyed it...

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  61. Beautiful series of leaves and raindrops!
    :)

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  62. Hello dear Laura! I"m back! And soaking up your words and these amazing images that will float away with me... those drops of water... tiny diamond jewels... beautiful! XO

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  63. Like the light touch of rainbow colors by the clouds.
    It been over cast in North Idaho today.
    Coffee is on

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  64. Beautiful colors, I love these pictures of autumnal atmosphere !! beautiful photos!

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  65. Beautiful fall colours and reflections. Love the raindrops.

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  66. "a new path opened up"
    thank you laura for being a light amid heavy days. may you too be lifted by the art of letting go. autumn is such a willing teacher.
    xo

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  67. Once again, your pictures and your words touch my soul... I like your Fall macro : I can feel the spirit of the rain that allowed you to take those beauctiful pictures... I feel full of energy now, I'm going back to writing my novel with a new spirit.

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  68. Beautiful shots, Laura. I like the one with the rain boots a lot!!

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  69. Your photos are soooooooo gooooood!!!

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  70. What a glorious tribute to the rain and the last fading colours of autumn!

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