I was deeply touched by something that Ann Emerson wrote this AM at Into the Bardo. It was just a few words of one line of her poem “Keeping Watch.” The words are: “may our gratitude for another new day be unprecedented and contagious.”
I have always been inspired by doors or entryways … places that people pass through. For me a doorway is a metaphor. Perhaps one enters as one person and comes out on the other side as a different person, even a new person. Following are photos of entryways encountered in China. When I look at them I think about all of those who have passed through these doors before me. I think of the sadness or happiness the “passers through” had known. I think of ritual.
Ritual can be a healing practice, it can be public or private, large or small. Perhaps with each passage that I make through a doorway I can practice gratitude. I notice of late that I do not practice enough gratitude. I have so much to be thankful for. I believe that this is a good idea.
These photos were taken in Beijing, Xian, the Great Wall and The French Concession (of Shanghai) in 2006.