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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, December 14, 2014

I Heart Macro 83


fashion forward graced
twigs dress up in winter lace
season of release

quietly prepared
since color riot’s long passed
for softer palette
















in these quiet woods
branches snap as we pass
snagged on our wooly coats and caps
this chilled but thawing morning meander
twigs crack while melting snow slooshes under feet
curious dog and her companion splash through
water as bubbles rise silently to the surface
reflective and still moments before

one soft voice utters
"find Nefi"

faithful as always she sniffs out
a grave marked by a heart shaped stone
 and together we stand exhaling white breath
remembering our feline friend and three others
buried nearby all fragile bones cradled in earth
sheltered by guardian trees and leaves
eyes tear from cold and love

in these quiet woods



Chanukah begins this Tuesday evening.
May all beings be blessed,
seeing divine light shining bright

in one another.




Chag Urim Sameach

Welcome to Week Eighty-Three
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 :-)


The I Heart Macro Linky opens tonight, 
Sunday evening at 8pm EST

and remains open for you to share your close-up images all week long!

50 comments:

  1. How beautiful! I love your macros.

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  2. In the quiet woods, even the crack of a branch breaks the silence.

    (I love the dog photos!!)

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  3. Lovely verses and a beautiful heart stone to mark the love remembered...Happy Chanukah Laura! And magical pictures....

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  4. I love this.. the pictures, the feline grave, and the leaves dressed in lace.

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  5. lovely words, wonderful macros; have a very joyous Sunday

    much love...

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  6. Lovely winter lace among nature ~ Thanks for the macros Laura ~ Wishing you happy weekend ~

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  7. Blessed Chanukah, Laura, to you and yours. I was happy, in the poem, to see that your dear dog is still with you, and shared a tear at the grave of the ones who passed. Sigh. Such beauty in your words and photos, as always.

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  8. Even though you describe many sounds and movement in this, it still conveys that quiet of winter. Thanks for posting here at Poetry Jam.

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  9. Lovely ice crystals and I like your water shots too.

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  10. A sweet, sweet little dog and the poem warms me right through, as does this whole post. Happy Chanukah Laura and thank you for these incredible photographs and for hosting i heart macro.

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  11. Peaceful and lovely.... Perfect for the season... Michelle

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  12. Thanks for the sharing opportunity!

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  13. Beautiful macro pictures ! Very creative !

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  14. so lovley pictures of snowflakes and water reflections. I love the dog pics too.

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  15. Thank you for sharing :)
    All the best from Mormor

    http://www.starbear.no/mormor/2014/12/15/mandarin-orange-monday-123/

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  16. Wonderful pictures!! I especially like the one of your dog! Beautiful!!! Have a grand day!! Cathy

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  17. The image of the leaves beneath the water's reflection is fantastic. It looks like your sweet dog is feeling better - what a sweet face! I like the heart burial marker for your cat. Nice to know you can go and "visit". It is one of the things I hate when we move - we leave the animals graves behind.

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  18. Thank you for sharing your remarkable images and words.

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  19. So many beautiful photos! Enjoyed your poetry as well. Wishing you a blessed holiday.

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  20. Beautiful photography of nature's icy palette and lovely photos of the Holiday candles ~

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  21. I liked the way you conveyed the feeling of winter. I like it when nature is 'dressed up in winter lace'. I like the heart-shaped stone.

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  22. Lovely images and words, Laura! Your doggie is so sweet..and I love the heart shaped stone.. Great find.. Enjoy your week ahead!

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  23. The images of the ice and water drops are amazing and the reflection one with the trees is so interesting...great photography and thanks for hosting!

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  24. wonderful images Laura. a couple of them look like eyes.

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  25. Beautiful pictures and words but this caught my fancy "twigs dress up in winter lace"

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  26. I love the shots in water, with the fallen leaves underneath and the reflections above, especially the circular reflections, is that a selfie in the middle? The poodle is so beautiful, what a neat friend for a walk in the woods.

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  27. Beautiful presentation...dropping in from MOM♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/exploring/

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  28. Great photos, I love the combination of bubbles on water and reflexes!

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  29. Heart-shaped stone which I nearly did mention a heart of stone. Not rightly so, but certainly beautiful pics to welcome winter! Wonderful take Laura!

    Hank

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  30. Fantastic photos of ths snow in the nature and amazing reflections in the water. So beautiful !
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  31. Wonderful frost, great reflections. Your dog looks friendly. Enjoy Chanukah!

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  32. I love the chocolate color embellished with snow, and a happy dog :-)

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  33. i hope to see a bit of that winter lace this weekend....smiles...
    def a beautiful part of this time year....those bubble pictures are pretty amazing too laura

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  34. Ice and rocks made such great shots. - Margy

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  35. All of these are beautiful and you captured the ice crystals in the frosty shots so well.

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  36. Your photography.. your words.. your loving heart always makes my day better. Thank you for that, Laura.

    Chappy Chanukkah.

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  37. Gorgeous! I wish we had some snow and "winter lace" around here!

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  38. Lovely photos of the beauty that can be found this time of year. Happy Chanukah!

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  39. What truly beautiful photos. I especially like the ones with twigs and leaves, and the snowy forest with your friendly dog.
    I enjoyed your writing very much too.

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  40. Wow; your Macro pictures of winter season is marvelous♡♡♡ I DO wish I 'll be able to take pics and link your meme near future♪
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  41. Beautiful words...
    And unbelievable images!

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  42. Yes, beautiful words and stunning images, as always! Happy Holidays!

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  43. "eyes tear from cold and love"
    and the beauty of you!
    xo

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  44. What a wonderful and peaceful walk through the woods, with love in your heart.

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  45. Dearest Laura, Blessings to you these nights of Hanukkah... and for your forays out into the woods, finding beauty, finding the spot where your loved animals's spirits run free... thank you for all the ways you touch my heart. My life is all the richer and full of beauty because of you. XO

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