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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thursday Meditation, Little Altars and Thanksgiving

Welcome it all, whatever may come... for in the end we are each works of art being shaped by our living, both joys and struggles, along the way...
A few Thanksgiving thoughts before I'm off to the kitchen to prepare our special dinner for today... This picture is of a very small Italian ceramic from a thrift shop that holds these objects that stay on my table where I eat. I have a habit of collecting little things that end up grouped together like little sacred altars here and there, little reminders of places I've been or special times or a way of being. I'm especially fond of beach stones and shells, dropped feathers....

This one holds...
... a lucky penny on the bottom, who doesn't need that?
...a crystal skull, symbolic to me of the shortness of life, you know, carpe diem, do it now
...a stone for serenity reminds me of an African tale of the stones that hold all our stories, they have heard every one, and they still sit silently in serenity
...a few fortunes from Chinese fortune cookies tucked discreetly behind, and
...a winged heart from an Artfest retreat, reminding me of the spirited good times with like-minded souls, and a symbol for choices based from my center, and the English heraldry from my last name...

All this in this small container.... Now I'm wondering, what special little reminders do others keep? Are you a collector of little tidbits of nature?

So now, I'm off to the kitchen. And I send you the most positive thoughts and appreciation for sharing my blog journey this day of Thanksgiving here in the US. Make time for family and friends, and, of course, yourself, do take time to play and create.

4 comments:

Wild Somerset Child said...

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your festive meal.

I collect stones and shells, birds' feathers, old nests (which emerge when the leaves fall from the bushes, dried seedheads and cones, leaves and these are littered everywhere. Then there is my shrine of friendship, or rather two of them alongside my computer and my writing desk. The shrines are pinboards and on them I display tags and art things bought from friends (I have yours there), photos. The one by my writing desk is my meeting place where I can daydream and think of the places that these gifts or mini-purchases have come from. Then there's candles .....

HeartFire said...

Ann,
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving there too. It sounds like you have wonderful collections there to inspire and reflect upon. Isn't it great how the little bits and bobs can come together for us and take us to another time or place... or even just appreciate where we are.
Delorse

Gilly said...

Thank you for calling in at my blog! I look forward to reading more of yours - you look such an interesting person!

I'm not a collector of little things as such, though I do have a few reminders of certain times. I tend to have photographs of places that have meant a lot to me one way or another, and I have a collage of them now above my desk.

HeartFire said...

Gilly,
Just as good, to have wonderful photos of places and people with meaning to us.
Delorse