Unexpected mudra with flowers under a bridge along the canal, a non-verbal message that needs no explanation. Still I wanted to know more:
Mudra: A mudrā is a spiritual gesture and an energetic seal of authenticity employed in the iconography and spiritual practice of Indian religions. In yoga, mudras are used in conjunction with pranayama (yogic breathing exercises)… to stimulate different parts of the body involved with breathing and to affect the flow of prana in the body.
Is this the Apana Mudra? (“The Apana mudra has a grounding force to help you connect with the earth’s energies whenever you are feeling off balance or flighty.”) https://www.thoughtco.com/mudra-photo-gallery-4051990
More intriguing: “The Apana mudra is good for mental or physical digestion and for eliminating waste material from the body. This gesture may also be a form of aiding in mental and emotional digestion when applied to “evil” outside of the body.”
Interesting that the hand is emerging from a business suit, and how many of these hand positions are part of our everyday body language…
To be continued…xxxxxx Aliss
Photo: Jean-Jacques Breton, Paris à vos pieds, editions Parisgramme, Paris 2013, p. 106. (Scan and color-adjustments, Aliss Terrell)
Embedded in the cobblestones in front of Notre Dame Cathedral is this marker, the starting point of all main roads leading to French cities and the endpoint used for measuring their distances, the very heart of the country. The cathedral itself is a visual encyclopedia of French culture and history.
Beside the main altar stands a 14th century statue of the Mother. No matter what tradition you come from, she is the incarnation of compassion enfolding soul, reminding me of Kwan Yin, (Guanyin) the Buddhist bodhisatva, sometimes compared to Mary.
I’m grateful to have this sanctuary nearby, to sit in silence, in candlelight, sending and receiving love through this portal, always, but especially in times like the ones we are living.
To be continued xxxxx Aliss
Seems to be a bug on WordPress and some of the photos are displaying sideways…hope to debug soon 🙂
In previous episodes we postulated that the national religion of France is not Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. but rather Foodism, that French people detect the presence of the Divine through their senses, and the French Table is often an altar (see April 9 and March 5, 2016 on Hugo Desnoyer). Enjoying a beautiful meal made with reverence for the ingredients honors life and connects us to the holy earth. Here is one of my favorite places to celebrate food: Chez Philou, 12 avenue Richerand, 75010, +33 1 42 38 00 13 http://www.restophilou.com
Quality/price ratio for the lunch menu is unbeatable, meanwhile, some images:
Owner-chef Philippe Damas recites menu poetry to transfixed diners.
Chandliers with letters and art from fans.
Les enfants du paradis poster for Fifi’s cinema friends…
Wild pheasant one October…Recent déjeuner: filet of pollock fish with succulent baby turnips, carrots, spinach and potatoes….
And all mere steps from the romantic Canal Saint Martin and famous Hôtel du Nord bridge…
To be continued xxxxx Aliss