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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, April 10, 2016

I Heart Macro 127








hidden joy unfolds
origami winter buds
red maple jubilation

april snow cannot subdue
this lively celebration



I’ve been noticing from last spring through fall and spring again the hues of tree blossoms and autumn foliage. I don’t know if it is true for every tree, but for several I’ve been watching, the palette is the same, or at least quite similar. I am ever awed by nature’s beauty and symmetry. I suppose my textile/color science geek background is showing, but in truth my formal education as a textile designer prepared me to pay close attention to detail, who could have predicted this would lay the groundwork for mindfulness in a much broader sense.



Life has been good offline. I’ve been able to do some volunteering, visiting with friends, singing in a choir, extra teaching, and physical therapy twice a week to calm down overly spastic muscles. It is a curious thing, the more physically active I am, the more frustrated I become when MS reminds me that I still have to take things slow. I have limitations, we all do. And then I see the pain/and transience of "frustration" in my mind as it transforms into gratitude for all that I CAN do. Things I dreamed impossible four years ago, things that I could not have done even last summer in the midst of an exacerbation are possible in moderation. These are the ebbs and flows of living. We are all subject to the tides of unforeseen circumstances, including illness and aging amongst other events starting in youth and throughout our unknowably numbered breaths. So yes I'm grateful for the days I am out and about, and when I pause to feel and honor the hunger of wanting more, I am able to recognize that I am actually quite content and grateful too for the luxury of rest, something many people don't have. I listen to birdsong; appreciate the warmth of a heating pad against my back, and enjoy naps. Life has been good offline.


The next couple of weeks will be very busy, preparing for Passover and engaging in other activities as mentioned above. If I don’t have a chance to visit you, I do hope you will visit each other. It has been so lovely to see old blogging friends stopping by, especially since I’ve been out of touch for a while, thank you for kind comments.




                    
Welcome to Week 127
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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47 comments:

  1. I am thrilled to read about your out and about days. I love to do that also. These photos are amazing to look at the detail of beauty. Dont worry about visiting, I understand

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  2. It is lovely to see all these buds.

    And I am to suffering from circumstances that limit my life. I don´t have multiple sclerosis but arthritis in multiple joints. Some days are worse than others and I have found out that the camera and nature itself is a great source of rebuilding energy. Take care of yourself.

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    1. I agree, photography, especially out in nature is deeply healing and rejuvenating!

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  3. Hello! I am glad that you are back again and to hear that you had a good time. Thanks for these wonderful pictures of the wonder of blossom and your true words about life.

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  4. And STILL there is snow! I fear we will go straight from frigid weather to hot and steamy this year! Lovely photos!! Have grand day!

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  5. Dear Laura it's good to see you back. Take care of yourself and all the best for you! This is a very nice collection of pictures. Thank you.

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  6. Nature is so colour coordinated and resilient - those plants pushing their way through snow are amazing.
    Thank you!

    Wishing you a happy week Laura,
    Ruby

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  7. Great to see new photos on your blog. The blossoms are gorgeous!

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  8. Laura, I am so happy to see that you are back. And even happier to learn that life offline (real life!) has been good. Thank you as always for the meditative post, for sharing the joy!

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  9. Hello, Laura! your macro shots are just beautiful. I am glad to read you are doing more and feeling better. That is great news. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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  10. Beautiful images Laura, glad to hear things are good for you.

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  11. Beautiful macro shots and so creative ~ Glad you sound a bit better ~ you certainly have a wonderful attitude ~ lots of healing energy coming your way ~

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

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  12. How lovely is to observe all these aspects, textures, shades, colors, buds and new leaves... Springtime is definitely a time of highly creativity expressed! And April, indeed "a lively celebration"... you're so right saying this! All the best, wishes of well and many thanks for the incredible pictures offered and moments, and positivity shared!
    Best regards in Spring to you!

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  13. Beautiful images despite the snow. Hope you've warmed up.

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  14. Beautiful macros, Laura, of all the blossoms. I do see the colors of autumn in many. I'm glad you are feeling stronger and are keeping your good attitude strong. I hope you have a blessed Passover!

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  15. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Laura, I'm glad you are back blogging and feeling good. I know Maples have flowers from all the seeds they shower my garden with every year, but your red maple flowers are much prettier than my white ones.

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  16. Very nice macro shots you`ve taken. I join your linkparty and gave mit pictures to your list above. Thank you for sharing it. Greetings Marion

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  17. Nature is still the master of all arts as you prove here again.

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  18. Laura, Your photos are always so beautiful. You capture such wonderful images of nature. Always good to read your posts too - your positive spirit inspires all of us. Glad you are feeling well and able to keep busy with things you love. Take care. Mickie :)

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  19. The pictures are beautiful and your tanka totally lovely

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  20. Spring never looked so beautiful as through the eye of your camera.

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  21. I especially love the origami buds, Laura, and your photos look like they are ready to bloom themselves!

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  22. Laura, what wonderful macro-pictures.
    Natur is almost the greatst wonder of the world.
    Born to live for the next generation,
    your spirit is beautiful.
    Wish you a wonderful week,
    hugs Manuela

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  23. I understand completely .... Enjoy everything .... Hugs

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  24. Delightful spring macros, Laura! :)

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  25. Red is like the lifeblood of spring. Ice. I've had enough of it.

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  26. Such beautiful photos..."origami winter buds" Love that!

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  27. I always forget to link here, mygad, your comment didn't remind me of I Heart Macro! Anyway, i hope you are always fine and well. You always remind us of our strength and weaknesses, vulnerabilities and transience.

    Like you my background in the plant sciences always help me be mindful of my plants, surroundings and photography. And at this point in my life, sometimes i can glimpse a moment of wisdom, then i ask myself "maybe that is what they refer to as wisdom", or maybe not. But this happens only now, not in younger years.

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  28. Laura, nice to see you. Thank you for all of this. xx

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  29. I love the unfolding of those origami secrets... just wonderful

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  30. Your photos are so beautiful...I love the closing close-up...wow. Nature amazes always. So much gratitude...thank you!

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  31. it is beautiful with a little snow on the flower, but sot so much they become destroyed :)

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  32. Lovely macros, Laura!
    Thank you for joining us at the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

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  33. Spring is more evident in your neck of the woods and as always, you have captured it so beautifully. I'm so glad to hear that you're feeling reasonably well. Long may that continue. I hope you have a wonderful Passover, Laura. Hugs to you.

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  34. Buds opening definitely haiku my heart.

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  35. Your post is awesome and your heart is even more than that. I send you many admiring thoughts and hugs.

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  36. Red Maple jubilation, indeed! How lovely are your photos!

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  37. Spring and winter - sprinter? - all in one post. Nice.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  38. Origami winter buds... that is just so profound Laura! Wishing you all the best, especially as you prepare for passover. XO

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  39. Heisann.... we have had no snow for 6 weeks, hope Spring will bring sunshine....
    I come back tomorrow, have a nice Saturday evening ;:OD)

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  40. Great photos Laura! Colors of Spring seems the blessings that matter now. And the unraveling of the origami is great!

    Hank

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