- At Home
Oh the humdrum of everyday life. It could almost make one see grey clouds in their coffee! But my life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hues so I figured there must be a key?
I had dinner the other night with friends of mine who had just photographed and written a book on India Color. We got to talking and they got all giggly about the idea of returning to do a book on the everyday "Shop Fronts."
The most important details I remember them saying was that it’s the color, and daily rituals which seems to hold everything together. Not that it’s not surrounded by chaos, but some of these rituals have been going on for hundreds of years. These traditions and customs in India have become an inseparable part of the daily life of the common masses.
And everyone is doing mostly something different. Even their clothes have a reason to be a color, or else it’s just for the eye! Another lovely example of ritual is the cultural practice of drinking tea - it's a beautiful way of sharing.
While I don't want to move to India, it got me thinking about the ways I could appreciate more of my own daily rituals. Walking to the grocery store rather then starting up my engine. Gardening, cooking and cleaning house with love and care.
I’ve always heard, may your hands be busy and your feet swift. It’s part of the life cycle, so why not strike a match, go start anew!
And another healing thing has been hiking in the mountains. There is something about being in an environment where no man goes, OK, maybe just a few but never the less! These hiking trails are rather like sacred sites!
I’m still a little blue, but I’ve started to listen to my old LP’s and come to realize that it’s always the same old story!
So there you go, get moving and enjoy your daily rituals. They really are Divine.
- Lorri Kline 4.29.12