Shine the Divine:

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, January 18, 2015

I Heart Macro 87




I trust that what once seemed a hard, impenetrable, solid sheath of ice will crack time and time again, displaying the web of connection temporarily hidden. When we allow our defenses to melt away, we find beneath every veneer of fear wearing thin, vulnerability, our true strength is present. The freedom to care tenderly about one another, about our selves becomes the clear choice. And we will forget, time and time again, freezing up when surprised or confused; yet the possibility to remember that our essence is love remains a constant.





fear breeds deception
jagged plates that separate
melt as one come spring




In these difficult times around the world let us remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: 

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.”

Thank you everyone for your condolences for my uncle's passing, your kind words and prayers on behalf of my whole family. My mother is healing, feeling a bit better every day. It has been a long week, getting back into my own groove here at home after all that's gone on since mid December. My daughter too is feeling better, learning to manage how much and how often to eat to remain comfortable while her medications have time to start doing what they need to do to put her Crohn's into remission. Such fragile bodies we all have, such tender hearts, why would we ever want to be anything other than kind?


Welcome to Week Eighty-Seven
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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Please link back to my blog either by copying and pasting the button provided above on your post, 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. 

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S  p  r  e  a  d  the  LOVE. Thanks :-)
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I Heart Macro remains open for you to share your close-up images all week long!

52 comments:

  1. I'm glad that life is getting back to normal for you and yours, Laura. As always, your photography and fitting prose is always so inspiring.

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  2. I like your first two photos and the one with the heart shaped stones. Glad your family is feeling better too.

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  3. HaShem heals the broken-hearted. You always find such beauty in the ice and frost of winter, and the heart that is always there to find. Good quote.

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  4. Wishing you all peace and love Laura at this difficult time Laura.

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  5. I'm glad you Mom and daughter are feeling much better.

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  6. Your photos are very creative ! It's true that our life sometimes can be as fragile as ou lives.

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  7. Very interesting to see the different structures in ice.
    I like this pictures !
    ♥ly greetings from germany

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  8. Lovley photos, I like the ice. Glad your family is feeling better too.

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  9. Yes, good to hear that it's going better. Love your ice pictures! Have a good week, all the best,

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  10. Dear Laura,
    I hope you are right and empathy will prove to be stronger than fear. Most beautiful pictures!
    Yours, Sarah

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  11. Ola, something going wrong with my thumbnail here ....

    Like your macros.

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  12. I am glad to hear things are calming a bit and family is feeling better. I adore the photos and the metaphor of the ice melting as our fears melt...really very profound. And I love the poem. So much love, spirit and deep soulful meaning here everytime I visit you Laura...linking in with both blogs this week.

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  13. Thanks for hosting, Laura. Best wishes to you and your family.

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  14. wow. the leaf structures in those first couple pics are absolutely amazing....glad that your mom and daughter are feeling better as well....

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  15. Wonderful compositions, beautiful macro, I like, great !!

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  16. Beautiful shots - love that heart of snow.

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  17. I love your heart rocks. I used to find them everywhere, once upon a time. So sorry about the passing of your uncle. Happy to hear your mother and daughter are on the mend.........I especially love your words "why would we ever want to be anything other than kind?" So true.

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  18. I love your heart rocks. I used to find them everywhere, once upon a time. So sorry to hear of your uncle's passing. And happy to know your mother and daughter are on the mend. I especially love your words, "Why would we ever want to be anything other than kind?" So true.

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  19. Glad everyone is feeling better in your family Laura. Thanks for the photos and your thoughts. Hope you have a good week.

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  20. Nice pictures! Now it's time for ice and cold in nature :-)) Marit

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  21. Thank you for sharing your kindness Laura ...

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  22. Hello Laura, I am glad everyone is feeling better. Your icy images are beautiful and I love the snowy heart.. Have a happy week!

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  23. Thank you Laura for the meditation ... Words and visualization. I am glad there is healing happening.

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  24. Your photos are really exceptional! Fragile and strong at the same time!

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  25. I agree. exceptional photos.... We are fragile aren't we? Yet as a family we are strong helping each other as we need it. I hope everyone will be feeling better soon. How lucky to be part of a loving family... Michelle

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  26. Beautiful images and sentiment Laura, so glad your Mom and daughter are feeling better!

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  27. Yes, there is a very strong link between fear and deception.

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  28. Wonderful post, divine haiku and beautiful photography and lots of distant reiki healing energy to you and your family, xo

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  29. Indeed..Our bodies are fragile and hearts tender. Loved your haiku.

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  30. LOVE the heart stones and abstract leaf images.

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  31. Beautiful!
    My post at: https://hanshb.wordpress.com/

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  32. Wonderful macro series, Laura!
    :)

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  33. Very beautiful black and white photo, and lovely words.

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  34. Wonderful post! Beautiful images!

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  35. Your crackling ice is an intense reminder of days a year gone by.

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  36. Wow! Wonderful macro photos! Love the black and white!

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  37. Thank you very much, very good macros! Happy weekend!

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  38. I always enjoy looking at these macros, just for the creative ideas everyone has. Lovely.

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  39. Wonderful series of photos! Especially I like the B&W version!

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  40. So sensitive thoughts expressed (and so well related to images)!! Hope everything is fine, the question in the end is so well said by you: "Such fragile bodies we all have, such tender hearts, why would we ever want to be anything other than kind?" Precious thoughts in your post and I thank you for that you've shared them with us! Lots of good health for you and whole family!

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  41. "melt as one come spring"
    counting the days!

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  42. I love the analogy of ice cracking, melting, revealing... and the invitation to remember to be kind... to ourselves and to each other. Thank you for the beauty that you bring to our lives... much love to you dear Laura.

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  43. Why indeed would we ever be anything but kind and gentle with ourselves and others.

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