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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.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

I Heart Macro 78 and Hakarat Hatov 9

holding on and letting go
this tension we navigate daily
be gentle for this is not easy
trust your deep knowing
listen to your heart
 make a choice
watch what

Welcome to Week Seventy-Eight
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. 

Visit each other...

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

Throughout the month of November, I will be posting a photo (or maybe a few) each day of something that invited me to pause and lifted up gratitude, joy, perhaps a quiver of awe in my heart the moment I stopped to be present and really see. By reviewing the image/images to share with you, the experience is engraved deeper in my consciousness, strengthening a reserve of gratitude and goodness to savor and draw upon when gloomy weather outside echoes inside, or vice versa. For me this is a devotional photographic journey for developing the soul quality of Hakarat Hatov, recognizing the good, a Jewish spiritual practice for cultivating gratitude. I may add writing some days, I may not; I’ll trust my inner compass to guide me.

I will include a link back to each Sunday’s I Heart Macro post so you can share the love up-close anytime during the week as usual.

I look forward to receiving your written patches of thanks for this year's 
6th Annual Gratitude Quilt!
Everyone, including YOU is invited to participate.

(Instructions for how to participate can be found at the top of this blog.)


  1. Love the sentiment - the mantra and the form - perfect

  2. I think we do need to live our lives with a deep trust and faith that, as we take each breath, things will work for the best.

  3. I think the holding on is what I feel a lot these days when only seed-pods linger as a memory...

  4. Letting go can be challenging but I take heed of the gentle leaves on the ground ~ Lovely pictures Laura ~ Have a good week ~

  5. your appreciation for our world touches my heart

  6. Have a lovely Sunday and a good week, thanks for your beautiful sharing

    much love...

  7. yes be gentle and listen to your heart..that should be the watchword...lovely Laura :)

  8. So true this balance you write of so beautifully, Laura. Eternal and unending.

  9. This made me cry a bit today Laura, Maybe I am on this bit of wire treading back and forth between holding on and letting go

  10. Well said "holding on and letting go
    this tension we navigate daily"... a sensitive thought!! Have a lovely day and a sunny week ahead!

  11. Beautiful! You read my thoughts :) ~ Thanks for the invitation! x

  12. holding on or letting go... yeah...never an easy decision... good to listen to the heart...

  13. Your photos are wonderful! I love the words too!

  14. I love the verse you have with the images...letting go is a wonderful lesson Laura. I only joined in with one blog this week as the other with the poem had no macro. I do have a link to the poem on the macro blog post...hope you enjoy them.

  15. Letting go is an ongoing process. I think I do it better than 20 years ago.

  16. Wonderful visit. Thank you.

  17. And so the poem itself lets go, hangs by a thread. (I admit I scrolled to the poem and then to the comment blank looking only at the photos of last seeds on the bough in between.)

  18. Beautiful Laura, you have such a wonderful "eye" for capturing the energy of the subject matter and then transferring it into simple yet oh so meaningful philosophy!


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