last fall i went to hear Rahima Baldwin speak. she encouraged us to imagine our homes as places that support the spiritual path of each member of the family. that’s sounds lofty, but really it hinges on basic things: a sense of reverence and gratitude. she also said it was important to make a place for prayer, an altar. it doesn’t take much, just a little thought and attention. she said the window sill above the sink was a good place. the room filled with laughter. dishes and prayers! but she said it’s a place where we spend time nearly everyday. it’s a place whose repeated motions can free the mind for other work. it’s a place (unfortunately!) where we can be alone. the dishes must be washed. why not invite beauty and prayer in too?
so i cleared off the widow sill above the sink. it has a way of collecting odd bits. now it holds a doll from Ecuador, a tiny, silver Virgin Mary, a crow feather, another small icon, shells from San Diego, dish soap,and a succulent from Nicki. now that i’ve listed it all out, it seems crowded. but it’s not. just a quiet place to rest my eye as i wash each day’s sink full of dishes.