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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, December 28, 2014

I Heart Macro 85



late afternoon light through crystallized weeds
diamond sparkles as far as our eyes could see
abundant everyday miracles
let them nourish you
seek them out 
soak them in
love this
life



Bless this moment. Meet each challenge with a tender courageous heart. This takes effort, intention, wisdom, compassion, faith, trust, practice, patience, more practice, a lifetime of both, of all and so much more.


oh these everyday miracles 
let them nourish you
seek them out 
soak them in
love this
life


With spectacular views of the heavens my love and I stepped with care up and over slippery terrain amazed and thrilled at the sight of it, for there was little snow in the low wetlands and woods where we make our home. This was a much-needed hike three weeks ago, fresh air was welcome as we held dear family and friends living with illness mild and severe close to our hearts. Since that day, some have become much sicker some are healing. Now we know of still others who are also quite quite ill. To be human is to be fragile. Death is an inescapable destiny, yet from the moment we are born until our last breath we have opportunities to elicit smiles infuse light and love into the lives of everyone we connect with, if we choose to do so, sometimes without choosing, because that’s just who we are, how we are received. Is it not mysterious and wondrous it is to be alive.


I am happy to report that our eldest daughter is feeling better overall since coming home, so long as she eats very small meals of bland, soft food. Meanwhile we wait for her doctor to return from vacation, review her latest test results and advise us how best to adapt treatment from here. Thank you everyone for your kind words and healing prayers on her behalf. I have so many, too many people on my prayer list right now. This is how it is. We love. We pray. Our hearts break. We keep on loving. This is how it is.
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ice bound branches kiss
beckoning through arched doorways
the password is awe


wonderland awaits
enter this crystal palace
on a mountain side



formed by frozen fog
nature’s wonders never cease

rock candy crystals









I am happy to report that our eldest daughter is feeling better overall since coming home, so long as she eats very small meals of bland, soft food. Meanwhile we wait for her doctor to return from vacation, review her latest test results and advise us how best to adapt treatment from here. Thank you everyone for your kind words and healing prayers on her behalf. I have so many, too many people on my prayer list right now. This is how it is. We love. We pray. Our hearts break. We keep on loving. This is how it is.

This has been a year of deep learning as a mother. Our younger daughter just turned 18 the elder is nearly 21. I am aware that there has been a lot of me clinging, then letting go, being pulled back, pushed away, pulled and pushed again and again by the girls no longer girls, but truly young women. We are all of us entering a new chapter in our lives. Last year my word was "courage," and believe me it showed up in unexpected ways and moments! Courage served me, all of us well. In choosing the word "courage" my intention was to do, but it taught me instead how to be. Saying goodbye to this year I want to share one of my favorite photos from 2014 and with it a word, an intention for the year to come:

"witness"


As with courage, I may think in this moment I know how this intention will show up in my life, but there is a good chance I'm wrong. Perhaps it is less an intention than an invitation to discover where and how being a "witness" will be revealed as 2015 unfolds.


with
kindness
compassion
and tenderness
let us greet each day
fingers spread wide
recieving
giving

love



Wishing all beings contentment and peace 
cradled in light as we approach 
and enter a 
New Year 2015!

Welcome to Week Eighty-Five
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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45 comments:

  1. Such beautiful photos! I love them.

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  2. Awe, courage and witness are all good passwords.

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  3. Stunning photos and very touching and true thoughts. I'm glad your daughter is feeling better. May that path continue for her through the new year and beyond.

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  4. You did a fine job, Laura! We already have no snow ;-(
    I wish you a nice day and a great start in the new year!!

    Hugs ... Frauke

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  5. "Witness." I like that very much.

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  6. Yes, I love, beautiful photos, perfect capture of winter!

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  7. Dear Laura , I have missed too much of the beauty and wisdom you offer us weekly. I hope that the New Year lets you WITNESS beauty and health for yourself and your daughter and all your family. Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Gorgeous Laura and I am so glad to hear your daughter is feeling better.

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  9. I was hoping to here good news about your daughter.... I hope you get answers soon... Happy New Year!,,,

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  10. winter is sooo beautifull when it snows and these picture are awsome !

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  11. Laura, a very beautiful walk in the cold and icy woods. I enjoyed all the images so much. Glad your daughter is doing better. Our hearts are so in our children as well as our own bodies, somehow.

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  12. Wherever I go I see snow ! (is that a Haiku ?) Beautiful snow pictures !

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  13. You have excelled yourself with these stunning images Laura, as for your words, well they give hope, witnessing such courage and determination, always based on a solid foundation of love. I am glad that things are improving with your daughter's health.

    I hope and pray 2015 exceeds your wildest dreams.

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  14. Beautiful winter views! Happy New Year to you and yours! Greetings from Romania, dear Laura!

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  15. Incredible words and beautiful winter shots....I too have chosen a new word for 2015 to help guide me....I am glad your daughter is better and I will keep her in my prayers....wishing you my friend a fabulous 2015 to 'witness'....

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  16. Wise words, Laura with beautiful photographic accompaniment.

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  17. Hallo,

    wunderschöne Aufnahmen, klasse.

    Viele liebe Grüße von Nadelmasche

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  18. Your words blend beautifully with the glistening hoar-frost.

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  19. I love your photos but I ADORE your words. They touch my heart and what an amazing lady you are and how blessed we all are for having you on this earth!

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  20. Beautiful photos and your words lovely

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  21. Excellent winter scenes. Happy New Year. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. beautiful wintry images Laura.

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  23. Spectacular shots! Wishing you a healthy and wonderful coming year.

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  24. Beautiful pics, Laura! Always have a liking for hues of blue!

    Hank

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  25. Lovely images, Laura! I am glad your daughter is feeling better, I hope there is good news from the doc.. I think we will always worry about our children, it does not stop when they become adults. Have a great day! I wish you all the best in 2015, Happy New Year!

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  26. I've been gone a while. Glad to return to read your inspiring post. Am glad your daughter is feeling better. I pray for her and the whole family. Witness is a wonderful word. I've got much to learn about it, the challenge of giving up control, of allowing other's paths to develop without my interference. Ah, life - each day, each year a lesson. May 2015 bestow many blessings on you Laura. I REALLY appreciate you.

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  27. A very prosperous, positive and happy New Year with lots of good cheer and good health, warm wishes of well for you and your loves ones, family and friends! La multi ani! Happy new Year!

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  28. Happy Holidays, it was sure nice posting here in 2014 and oarticipating in the gratiutde quilt

    Happy Holidays

    Much love...

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  29. Lets all absorb the beauty of nature, have a happy 2015

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  30. Beautiful macro.
    Wish you Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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  31. Very beautiful winter shots. Happy New Year!

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  32. What a gorgeous set of photos. Happy New Year!

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  33. What a beautiful post, Laura. So much to think about. Wishing you the best in 2015.

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  34. so beautiful, love them all
    happy new year!

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  35. so many great images to enjoy.
    Happy New Year to you.

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  36. Beautiful, wintery captures :-) So glad you daughter is doing better. Doesn't matter how old they are, they are still your babies!! Happy New Year :-)

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  37. thank you for a year of truth, wisdom, kindness and courage. your generous heart has taken us on blessed pathways together as friends, mothers and women who live with great physical challenges. so blessed to begin and walk together into the light of this bright new year. xo

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  38. I love "the password is awe". Such awesome winter scenes. Happy New Year and Healthy Blessings to you and yours.

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  39. Dear Laura... this post is so full of many new year gifts... thank you for them all. For reminding us of how fragile life is, yet the opportunity to open our hearts no matter what... your haiku whisked me off to a winter wonder land where anything is possible... and your photos... they are magic and fill my heart and soul. Wishing you all the best for this new year! XO

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  40. Dios...usted es maravillosa!
    Le deseo lo mejor!
    Paz.

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  41. thank you my dear friend. i am richly blessed with every visit here.
    xo

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