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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, November 16, 2014

I Heart Macro 79 and Hakarat Hatov 16


November leaves remain steadfast, 
tho’ wind attempts to wrest them from their temporal place of glory. 

They are not ready to let go. 

Illuminated from behind, 
while inner beauty, 
veins, 
essence, 
shines through. 

Woolen hat, 
gloves, 
heavy coat, 
breath exhaled in visible vaporous clouds, 
does not deter their clinging 
to one more day of living.

Faith as I understand it is trusting that someone, something, loving Presence has your back; believes in you, in me, in what we offer to this life, simply by being who we are. Our whole-broken-holy selves are enough. Even in our darkest times, this bright light of unconditional LOVE supports us so that it is possible for our own beauty, color, radiance to shine out into the world. Faith is another form of letting go. Perhaps this is what the leaves are truly attached to. While it appears that they are clinging to the branch, even a leaf knows this is temporary. Why not be brilliant while the wind provides music and rhythm to dance in the sun? There is still a sip of sap flowing through their veins. 

Be grateful for this day, this breath,
this is your moment to shine.

Welcome to Week Seventy-Nine
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




*The IHM Linky will open tonight at 8pm/EST*
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I'm actually sick today with some kind of "bug" it seems, so may not be able to visit you as my head is dizzy each time I lift it, and I just feel kind of blah. Plus I have a lot of work to do to prepare the "Quilt"… but not today. Tea, toast and cuddled under blankets, that's my plan at least until morning.

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.)

36 comments:

  1. The beauty of the veins even in decay.. wonderful words and images.

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  2. Love the mood of thankfulness for one more day of living. Taken to heart!

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  3. Rest and get well, Laura. I love the reflection that leaves are not yet ready to let go - like we humans! As always, your blog is an inspiration of gratitude and reflection.

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  4. You always seem to write exactly what I need to hear. Thank you for that. Beautiful photos as always. I hope you're feeling much better before too long.

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  5. A wonderful post Laura, both in photos and in words. Thank you my friend. I have linked up.

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  6. winter is the time before spring.
    love the imagery of some stubborn creatures in nature.

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  7. beautiful & healing...get well soon Laura :)

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  8. Feel better quickly, Laura! As always, your words and images are inspiring and beautiful. We've got snow here the last few days. Too early, but Mother Nature might be napping while Old Man Winter is tiptoeing around. It's a bit magical, I admit. Until I have to shovel!

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  9. Wonderful close up's from lhe leaves, Laura!
    I like it!
    Hugs Britta

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  10. Wonderful photos!
    Good health for you, much love and blessings
    (is not necessary to reciprocate comment)

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  11. For some reason, the linky does not seem to see my image: http://www.lovethatimage.com/blog/2014/11/pink-peony-bouquet/. Your image of sun bursting through the leaves is wonderful.

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  12. Lovely post and macros! Sending you healing energy!

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  13. I'm reminded when looking at autumn's decaying leaves, still glorious in their veins and colors, especially with the light shining through, that the grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of Adonai endures forever.

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  14. Indeed clinging to those last leaves as we try to cling to autumn....but the snow is foiling us now...

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  15. Hello

    Beautiful, the Sun coms out.

    Karima

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  16. Beautiful as the leaves lights!

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  17. The lit up leaf illuminates all of life and reminds me of rivers and veins where life courses. My poem today is a reflection of November too.

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  18. Beautiful post Laura. I hope you are feeling better!

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  19. Wonderful capture of the hanging on instead of the letting go.

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  20. Nice November observation. 'inner beauty,
    veins,
    essence,
    shines through. ' ~ well penned about leaves.

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  21. Iam grateful, to hang on, to be held up and to assist otehrs. We never hang alone.

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  22. I love the first three lines so much.

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  23. I needed this. Thank you, Laura.

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  24. Nice pictures! These macros are very beautiful autumn !!

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  25. It is looking forward positively for the subsequent days. That makes one savor more goodness just as all of the great pics as always! Great take Laura!

    Hank

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  26. Gorgeous! Oh, darn the quilt....I have been sick, too. I hope you get better-soon!

    I love what you shared and your photos illuminate the light of your words!

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  27. Thank you for your beautiful Fall meditation Laura and for hosting and for the quilt project... I was looking forward to it. I hope you are feeling better.

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  28. Hope you're feeling fine!! All the best... and I love so much these words of you: " Faith as I understand it is trusting that someone, something, loving Presence has your back; believes in you, in me, in what we offer to this life, simply by being who we are. Our whole-broken-holy selves are enough. Even in our darkest times, this bright light of unconditional LOVE supports us so that it is possible for our own beauty, color, radiance to shine out into the world."
    Truly sensitive words...
    I'm thankful that I can find thoughts like these, written thoughts in magical posts... A very good week for you and loved ones and for all your activities!

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