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, January 10, 2016

I Heart Macro 121

open heart stands tall
extending toward heaven’s gate
snowman below smiles

rain a steady metronome
dirge of fog hangs low
o’er somber

let mourning beget morning
tears brightened with promise
on this newborn day

Welcome to Week 121
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

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  1. I like your misty tree and your teardrops shot-just gorgeous.

  2. Oh Laura dear, I wish you many beautiful mornings after too many tears. You described a "dirge of fog" (which is how I have always thought of it, though not in those poetic words), but in your picture of the bare tree I saw a misty lovelieness. Next time I experience a gray day, I am going to try hard to see the magic in it by remembering your picture.

  3. Very lovely, Laura...and so nice to see you back!

  4. wonderful!
    wish you all the best for 2016, laura :-)

  5. Hi! Nice water drop photos! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Beautiful in words and photos - have a blessed new week

  7. Lovely pearls :)
    Thank you for hosting, good to see you back!

  8. There is so much in that drop of water... though I think it can be the snowman's tears

  9. tears brightened by promise.. like that!

  10. Wow Laura....those 3 droplets are amazing....great capture!

  11. I love the idea of a snowman who smiles... Lovely post with lyrics, full of thoughts ans emotions expressed through pictures! Have a sunny day of monday and a pleasant week, too!

  12. Such a beautiful medley of pictures and words.

  13. Indeed beautiful photos and poetry, Laura. Glad to see your work again!

  14. Hi Laura!
    Happy New Year! lol
    Your drops are so beautiful!!!!
    Great photo!
    Hugs Britta

  15. Dear Laura,
    Happy New Year and wishing you all the best for 2016!
    Wonderful photos - I love the three droplets!
    Moni xx

  16. The last three shots are fantastic!
    Wishing you all the best for the new year!

  17. Love Snowperson but don't want S---- ~ Gorgeous tree photos! Macro shots are always great ~

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

  18. the dewdrops do it for me. visually delightful. the idea of a new day with gems like the dewdrops really gets my creativity going. thanks!

  19. What a lovely series! That last shot is amazing!

  20. I love your trio of glistening water drops, like crystal, that must be rare, drops that line up and don't flow together?

  21. Hello Laura,
    what amazing drops. I love it.
    Have a nice week,

  22. Hello Laura, they are all gorgeous images. The tree, snowman and the droplets. Great macro shots. Have a happy day!

  23. Hello Laura,
    what an amazing pictures....
    Lovely greetings Jen

  24. Wow...the droplets are stunning Laura..I hope you are feeling less pain now...Michelle

  25. My dear Laura. Wow
    You have a wonderland of beautiful pictures. My favourite is the one with the three little droplets. Fantastic.
    Greatings from Salzburg

  26. Dear Laura,

    I just love that tree photo! And the sparkling drops are amazing too!

    A good New Year for you - full of promises, with sunshine after the steady rain and with hotcheeked smiles that dry the tears!


  27. The stark trees are beautiful, and love the snowman!!

  28. dear laura,
    thank you for your glorious beauty! this heart shaped tree; even cloaked in grey inspires with an inner light-as do you friend! uplifted with your wisdom; another trailblazer of love!

  29. The bare tree retains its rare beauty of shadows and colors. Great pics Laura!


  30. So many wonderful nature haiku and your macro shots are divine ~

    Wishing you a Happy Weekend ~ ^_^

  31. Your photos are always wonderful. Love the little snowman. He looks half melted and I want to give him a warm blankie! :)

  32. Out of mourning may there come a morning of joy!

  33. Loved that last shot! Beautiful haiku. :)

  34. Beautiful haiku Laura and the heart tree!!! Makes my heart sing and to smile with the snowman!

  35. I love the heart shaped tree....x

  36. Beautiful black and white photos. Those water-beads are spectacular!

  37. Wonderful b&w photos and macros!

  38. Luv the heart held in those branches formed

    Have a blessed weekend

    Much love...

  39. Wonderful captures! Love the macros, well spotted! And tanks for visiting, Laura :)


  40. Heisann.... sorry for my break, Laura, I´ll come back.
    Wonderful grafic atmosphare!
    Have a nice week ;:OD)

  41. a lonely bare tree,nice capture


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