Journey of Beauty–Day 29

Bandhani Salwar Kameez
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Questions

How do I distinguish fundamental beauty from fleeting, or superficial, beauty? What is the nature of illusion? What is the nature of dis-illusion? How does one get through illusion?

Reflection

Today I went exploring. There is a neighborhood about 14 miles from where I live, where there is a high-concentration of Hindu-Indians, and I went there to explore.  I make Indian food; I do a lot of  Vedic studying; I do mantra; I do pranic breathing…it seems a natural thing for me to want to explore such a neighborhood.

When I was a truck driver, back in 1999, exploring like this was easier: wherever I happened to end up delivering or picking up a load, was a potential adventure.

Nigerian Store
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But now, such adventures are things I must initiate, they don’t just happen as part of every day life. As such, the feeling of the adventure was new and different. When I was a truck driver, my attitude was one of just passing through (which I was), so why not take the opportunity to soak in the sights, so to say. But now, I am a resident “here” and I don’t belong “there”. I know that sounds a bit ludicrous, but how often do people–any people–go into different cultural neighborhoods, without having some prior connection to the people or the businesses, without having a “reason”? When was the last time you went into a Latino/Hindu/Jewish/Nigerian/Muslim community just because?

Personally, I love cultural exchange, and having the opportunity to experience different foods, styles, stores, music, languages. It expands my idea of people, and my idea of myself.

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While I was in the Indian neighborhood “exploring”, I saw a sari store, with bright fabrics and saris in the window. I went into 3 other stores in the area, each time coming out and being visually drawn to the sari store. “But”, I thought, “I have no reason whatsoever to go into a sari store”. I am a jeans and t-shirt kind of person. What would I do with a sari?

but they are so beautiful! 

Each and every time I came out of one of the other stores (grocers, flower store, deli…), I looked at the sari store window, saw the colors and thought …but they are so beautiful.

I decided to go in, “just to look at the beautiful colors”.

But once in, my pulse increased, I felt almost giddy; everything was so beautiful. The fabrics, the patterns, the stitching, the colors!

What? this is not like me. Who is this person?

indian-embroidered-faux-georgette-salwar-kameez

After about 30 minutes looking at everything, touching all the fabrics, running my fingers on the embroidery and the baubles, I bought a salwar kameez–a three piece “suit” with pants (which to my American brain look sort of like scrubs), a long “shirt”, and a scarf. The colors are a bit subdued, they are a beige with a bright green accent, and the embroidery–exquisite!

Now I just need get up the courage to wear it.

I have no idea what this has to do with the essence of beauty, or disillusion, or seeing through illusion. Maybe it has to do with finding a new part of myself, letting go of an “illusion” which is preventing my expansion, and now I am becoming something more. I don’t know, but in the spirit of exploration and adventure, I am all for it.

I hit my beauty bone today, and it hasn’t stopped tingling. Who knew?

 

2 thoughts on “Journey of Beauty–Day 29

  1. Beautiful collections, I like to read your blog on ethnic fashion. Your language is very easy to read and understand. I love to wear anarkali dresses, mainly suits. I want to buy Indian anarkali suits online you can suggest me few sites that offer me best collections of anarkali designer suits.

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