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.


Sunday, November 29, 2015

I Heart Macro 117

It has been a long while since I last posted and many weeks since the colors were this vibrant. 

I appreciate every inquiry into my health and wellbeing, here on my blog, by email and facebook. The thing is, I've been feeling pretty well over all and have been happily engaged in life beyond the small frame of this laptop, hence the long absence.

Meanwhile the world at large has felt many sorrows, fear has been fed; tolerance and compassion are at risk of compromise by some. My heart believes that kindness and love are ultimately stronger than tyranny, cruelty, violence, prejudice and the over simplification of an “us and them” duality.

With your help, we can share the beauty of diversity and the interconnection of humanity spreading messages of thanks, love and hope stitched together on our 7th Annual Gratitude Quilt, set to unfurl, as 2015 ends on December  31st .  

I invite you to close our eyes, breathe in, breathe out and offer a response to: “In this moment as the year is drawing to a close, I am grateful for...”  (AND if you feel comfortable go ahead and add) “I intend to shine light into the year to come by/through/with...”

Please send your Gratitude (and Intention) quilt patch to by December 27th.

Welcome to Week 117
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.

Shine the Divine

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:

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 :-)

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  1. Beautiful leaf images. Glad to hear that life has been treating you well.

  2. Welcome back! I wondered where you were. Nice leaf macros.

  3. Wonderful shots! I do so love your compassion and view of the world.

  4. Fabulous Macro shots....the leaves are truly beautiful!

  5. I am so happy that you are doing well. Yes it has been a sad time. When I feel sad, I look at the baby's photos and he makes me smile.... Hugs... Michelle

  6. beautiful images! so many miniscule details when one looks closely! I so glad to hear you are feeling better!

  7. So beautiful leaf photos and welcome back:)

  8. beautiful leaves. I'm glad you're fine. Sometimes we need a little bit time out.
    have a nice day

  9. Glad to hear you have been well Laura. And what incredible leaf captures with colors you can't see unless you get up close!

  10. So nice to hear from you, Laura, and I;m happy you are well. One more year drawing to a close. Wow.

  11. Love the textures of the leaves and your heartfelt comments, Laura.Happy to see you back and know that you are doing well!

  12. Welcome back; happy holidays

    much love...

  13. It's like having extra vision into the blood line of the leaf.

  14. Lovely to see you back, I missed your Macro meme. Glad all is well with you


  15. Hope you are doing good, great to see you back.
    Amazing macro details.

  16. You are so right, the colors in your photo really ARE vibrant !

  17. Hello, It is wonderful you are back and that all was well while away. Gorgeous macro images. The details and colors are beautiful. Have a happy new week!

  18. Hé ! I can't see your recent posts anymore in bloglovin and I can't find you there ! Did you knew that ?

  19. Hello Laura! I am so glad to see you back and even gladder (is that a word?) to read that you had good/well reasons for being away from the little box! We are on a roadtrip heading to our winter home in Florida. When we get there I will get back to regular blogging and linking ... And I hope to do a Gratitude Quilt entry of course. Such a lovely thing you do! (Of course one of the things I'll be grateful fr by then is that our roadtrip is over;). Although I'm enjoying it now at the beginning, I know I'll be glad to be in one place by the end!)


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