It all started with the windy weather this week and some unopened boxes in the attic. In one of these boxes I found my travel journal of my first trip to India with Martijn 10 years ago. The same box had some souvenirs that we took back from our adventure; Tibetan prayer flags. As I like the way their bright colours dance in the wind I hung them in our garden.
When I wanted to draw them in my journal I had a closer look at the symbols and just had to google what is actually going on with those little pieces of cloth. If you’re interested here’s a short version of Wikipedia.org/prayerflag:
¨The Tibetans believe that the prayers and mantras on the flags will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all. The colours symbolise the different elements. The images on the flags in the corners are known as the four dignities; the dragon, the garuda, the tiger, and the snowlion. The one in the middle is the wind horse. Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. ¨
So now, as we speak, the wind is blowing some blessings and an extra dosis positivity into our universe!
Do you also have something that you brought back from a trip that is very different from your culture and inspires you?