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 17, 2016

I Heart Macro 122

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; 
only light can do that. 
Hate cannot drive out hate; 
only love can do that.
~Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

click the arrow to watch and listen to this music video: Shed A Little Light

This week as we honor and carry on Dr. King’s legacy, the Torah portion, Beshalach, recounts the story of leaving Mitzrayim, Egypt, the narrow place, standing between an army that desires to keep us enslaved/destroy us and the edge of the sea of reeds, on our way to bamidbar, the vast, wide open wilderness; known to unknown. It is the same story, the ongoing story around the world, in our nations, in our personal lives. We could choose to stay stuck in constriction, but the tide of change is strong, the contractions urge us onward with each breath between pain and uncertainty. Are we ready as human beings to let go of the known that continues to cause suffering, despite our darkest fears to step into the flow of birthing waters towards the light of greater compassion, love, kindness, justice, joy, peace and freedom for one and all?   

Last night at a beautiful community celebration for Dr. King, Rev. Dr. Regina Shearer spoke (and sang) eloquently about our oneness. “Seeing me in you and you in me.” As I sat in my wheelchair honored to sing with members of the New Fellowship Baptist Church Gospel Choir, led by my dear friend Minister Olga Tines, I looked out at a congregation drawn together from different faiths, with a variety skin tones, sexual orientations, devoted to justice, peace and freedom for all, what I saw most clearly was the glint of souls shining upon waves. Waves of smiling, clapping, swaying, compassion, love, kindness, joy, all of us, lights reflected from the same ocean, all of us one.


Welcome to Week 122
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. 


  1. We are fans of The Maccabeats here. Lovely frozen drops in these photos.

  2. The drops on these boughs are like precious gems. So lovely.

  3. It is amazing how beautiful water and ice can be...especially in macro shots. Well captured Laura :)

  4. I love your frozen drops and the shiny sparkles.
    have a nice day

  5. Marvellous photos - such a beauty in frozen little things!
    Have a blessed new week

  6. I like the effects in your second photo of the colored circles and the bead-like strings, and all the ice-bejeweled thorns, Laura.

  7. Hello Laura,
    WOW, what beautiful icedrops!
    Have a nice week

  8. Drops and frozen "water beans" in pictures; amazing aspects of nature!! Also, such inspired phrase "Waves of smiling, clapping, swaying, compassion, love, kindness, joy, all of us, lights reflected from the same ocean, all of us one."
    Have a great and lovely week ahead !

  9. The frozen drops are small diamonds of nature.
    Beautiful shots.
    I am very pleased, in the new 2016 linking back here.
    I wish you a pleasant week and send greetings from Germany

  10. What a beautiful celebration...I wish our world could be more like it!

  11. All so beautiful Laura. Next week I hope to have a decent macro to share :)

  12. Hello Laura, you images are just amazing. The droplets and bokeh are beautiful. Lovely words and post. Happy Tuesday, enjoy your week ahead!

  13. Your capture of the water droplet is beautiful Laura. Thank you for hosting!

  14. Dear Laura,
    wonderful natural moments.
    Thank you for your lovley post.
    Nice greetings,

  15. Wise words by Dr. King to go with your peaceful photos... Michelle

  16. Stunning images! Thanks so much for hosting each week.

  17. Wise words and fabulous images - thank you!

    Have a lovely week Laura,

  18. Such a wonderful, wonderful post, Laura!!!
    How beautiful your pictures are and how beautiful and true your and Dr. King's words and the musicians are!!!
    Your post lights up my soul and warms my heart!!!

  19. Laura, I found your website recently and have been going back through a bunch of your posts. I love your artistic and spiritual philosophy and have been enjoying it. These images and sentiments are so stunning.


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