This past Sunday was Hina Matsuri, or Girls Day Festival, in Japan. Every year we put out the dolls display in one of our tatami rooms, the room which once was Y`s bedroom and over the years has become my room where I do meditation, yoga and listen to music.
When the dolls display is up it takes up almost the whole room! So this week I would do my meditation facing the dolls, and accepted that there wasn`t much space in the room left for a yoga mat. Although its always a big job to put up the display (the dolls and base are stored throughout the year in large cardboard boxes in our closet, they were a gift from my husband`s family for Y`s first girls day thirteen years ago!) , once its there the room has a festive and magic feeling. The dolls seem happy to be out in their special time of year.
As my hands move about during my meditation, I watch the dolls in repose, their hands neatly placed on a fan, a sword, in a gesture of giving...
See what hands are doing around the world on this weeks corner view.
|Hands holding a lotus flower on a roadside statue (for sale!)|