Actually, I've been working on a different post that starts with those exact words. I'll share it with you another day, but today I'm going to share my empty altar.
The inspiring Jeanne Hewell-Chambers created a site called 365 Altars. I love her idea of making daily altars, but I've been slow getting starting with it (see note above about having a hard time getting started in 2012)...
Last night I wrote Jeanne to tell her how much I appreciate 365 Altars - and noted that I was going to make an altar before going to bed, to set the tone for today.
I didn't - sigh - because (say it with me, please): I'm having a hard time getting started in 2012 (thank you).
In the morning I struggled to figure out what to put in/on my altar (and multitasked by simultaneously berating myself because I didn't make the altar last night - which really goes against my self-care principles).
I couldn't think of anything. Nothing - blank. Then this bowl (pictured above) came to mind.
Yes, an empty bowl. That fits. It doesn't exactly set the tone for what I want, but it sure sums up where I'm at.
I've been trying (the word "trying" is important here) to get started in 2012 - trying to get hold of something. Trying to grab something...
I can picture Slightly-British Daughter trying to catch a beam of sunlight (I'm talking about when she was a wee one; she almost never does this now, although I bet I could still get her to try to catch water) - reaching and grabbing and having nothing to show for it.
I've been doing that. And I have the same thing to show for it: nothing.
So I gave up! I picked an empty bowl for my altar.
My altar is empty today, but it's also open (to receive?). And though it doesn't catch the light (doesn't grab it or hold onto it), it reflects light...
beautifully (if I do say so myself).