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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 21, 2014

I Heart Macro 84


Tired tender hearts wait
for nurses meds docs tests; time
 is irrelevant,

here fluorescent lights
hum blue- rest? Impossible,
home is for healing.

Our eldest has been in hospital since Tuesday. Because of HIPPA, age of consent (she being nearly 21), I’ve been cautious to reveal anything on my blog for the past month since her diagnosis. Lets just say it is similar to her sister’s situation with some differences. We just found out this morning at rounds that as long as she keeps her breakfast down and does not have pain after eating we can finally go home this afternoon!

I’ll call to schedule outpatient testing for her Monday morning and hopefully that will be possible this coming week. We still don’t know exactly what was causing her to be sick enough to be hospitalized, although the doctors have some ideas The next test will give more information, so together we can all decide how to proceed with treatment from here. Clearly what we were doing for the past month was not enough. Never a dull moment for our family, that’s for sure!!

We are both looking forward to sleeping in our own beds tonight in our woodland home, free from city lights seeping through the mesh window shade covering our single window, nurses checking vitals through the night, attending to a beeping IV, or the startle of helicopters landing on the roof two building down. My heart skips a beat each time one lands, and I pray for whoever is arriving, that they too will be well cared for and go home healed, or that whatever organs being delivered will be life saving to the recipient.

Truly time is a vague concept in a hospital, other than sunrise and sunset there are no dependable markers aside from when meds are delivered, and even that is not always exactly according to they customary time segments that apply beyond these walls. Clocks are completely meaningless here.

It is strange to have been here this week on the very same floor where her sister and I stayed, six years ago.  What an incredible journey our bodies, hearts, minds and souls have been on since that fearful winter. I have to say, while there is certainly concern, plenty of love and compassion; fear is not present this time around. Out of necessity we have become seasoned travelers in the land of chronic illness and healing.

Hooray… They discharged her at 4:30pm and we are now happily home at last!


On this solstice eve, as darkness begins to give way and light increases here in the northern hemisphere, I wish everyone joy in this season of love.

Welcome to Week Eighty-Four
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!




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.
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43 comments:

  1. Enchanting heart shape gifts from Mother Nature. You must have some amazing inner strength to weather all that time in hospital and still manage to calmly create a blog post for this meme. Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday season.

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  2. Best wishes for your daughter's speedy and full recovery. Hope you all get some rest.

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  3. I echo Gemma's sentiments. So happy to hear you are both home. My prayers and healing energies are sent your way.

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  4. Beautiful! My candle is burning for you and your family. For hope and for health.

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  5. Thats a nice image - no close up from me this week.

    Hope you have a good Christmas.

    cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  6. beautiful hearts ... I wish you a merry christmas

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  7. Laura I am sorry to hear of your daughter's illness and your families angst at this time...I can relate to your poem as it is how I felt after my surgery and extended stay and now my mom continues to be in and out of the hospital and rehab with no end in sight as they struggle to help her. May you and your family feel some solace at this holiday season. Fabulous images too!

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  8. All the best for your daughter, Laura. I hope she gets fully well soon. I hope the joy and hope of the Festive Season shines on your family.

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  9. I also send my best wishes to you and your family!
    Christine from Germany

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  10. Wonderful hearts !!!! Merry Christmas in peace and much love!

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  11. Here is praying for your lovely daughter and indeed your whole family and hoping that the new light that is now increasing brings the same to all of you!

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  12. Best wishes to you and your family - and I hope that all goes well for you now - Jane UK

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  13. Lovely heart! Hope you have a very blessed holiday season.

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  14. Glad you're home, and I'm keeping you all in my prayers.

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  15. Sorry to hear about the health issues. I am well acquainted with the hospital stays too. I pray for health and peace for you and your family!

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  16. Hoping for healing for your family. Great photos..

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  17. Beautiful image, I hope all your troubles recede into the distance, with Christmas blessing all the year through.

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  18. beautiful images Laura. Yours is the third blog that has heart shapes in their images.

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  19. Wow! How fabulous is that! Nature in heart shape. The whites look angelic.

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  20. Adonai is our light and our salvation- Yeshuati. I'm thankful for His light He shines in our hearts, and it inspiring that you always look for and find the heart in the creation, blessings and peace for your family.

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  21. Thinking of you and your beautiful girl today - praying for continued healing. And always, for the light to break through even in the darkest of valleys. Love and light and hope to you all, dear one.

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  22. mother nature creats gorgeous hearts :)

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  23. Oh no, I am so sorry for the health struggles. You would gladly take the pain from your child. I hope she is home now... Healing hugs... Michelle

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  24. Such beautiful images Laura. I am so sorry to learn of this situation with your other daughter too. Such courage you all have and of course courage is a manifestation of love. I am thinking of you all.

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  25. Merry Christmas to you and your family !

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  26. I love your pretty hearts, great finds.. I am happy your daughter is well now.. Happy Hanukkah to you, a little late?

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  27. So happy to hear your daughter is home! My father is still in hospital - so I really relate to your lines that home is for healing. Sending you joy and health!

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  28. I hope your daughter will recover from the ill. I hope good days will come to you and your family soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  29. I hope your new year will bring healing and peace.

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  30. hello, happy holidays.

    encouraging you to submit a haiku to us today,

    http://purpletreehouse.blogspot.com/2014/12/christmas-special-of-poetic-forms-haiku.html

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  31. I appreciate the advice - "slowing down with your camera, paying full attention, observing beauty and curiosities..."

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  32. surrounding you and your family in love and light. xo

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  33. I'm so sorry to hear that your daughter has been ill. I hope that they can get to the bottom of her woes and send her on the path of full recovery. Best healing thoughts for your girl and big hugs to you.

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  34. beautiful photo of the lichen

    hope your daughter recovers well and speedily

    It's a long time ago now, but i still remember how time was entirely different when i spent a month in hospital at the age of 9

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