India has become an important place to our family. Only my husband has been there, but his enthusiasm for all things Indian has rubbed off on all of us. Cooking Indian food has become one of our favorite things to do together. I have a couple of baskets of spices sitting right on the counter, ready and waiting to be used. Chicken Kurma, Naan,... mmmmmm
This is the symbol I painted on our bedroom wall. The inside graphic is the "Om" symbol; representing the need to meditate, and the outside surrounding circle is the henna tattoo that brides paint around their navels; representing marriage and commitment.
But beyond the wonderful cuisine (and so-so fun Bollywood movies with their incredibly addicting songs) there are so many other things that we have appreciated about Indian culture. Living the "middle way" has become a mantra that my husband recites over and over to himself when things seem to be pulling at him from all sides. I have learned to try and embrace this same philosophy, although it is a hard one to master. As much as I try to deny it I have had to face the facts: I am quite high-strung. I am constantly working on pacing myself and not running from one thing to the next, either literally or in my mind. Looking at this symbol on my wall each day helps to remind me that meditation and marriage go hand in hand when I need to get my priorities straight.
Relax, Kaz. Give yourself time to ponder your life. Give special attention to your husband and special devotion to your marriage. Slow down. Breathe. Breathe.
Thank you, India.