As a teacher and a parent the rules that I operate by is determined by what I recognise to be necessary for the other to enable themselves to deliver the best of themselves to themselves. One perseveres to keep ones radar always alert; and then the reward is those moments when you see such an illumination of understanding guide the spirit of the other. Last Sunday was such a moment.
One of our spiritual students who is doing her MA program, and writing her thesis, understood the value of how personal histories become relevant within the collective areas of communication; and that transparency and openness are factors that are crucial within the engagement of making art.
On the other hand my little adopted granddaughter Aditi shared her sorrow and grief over her favourite street dog's untimely death; and as she cried momentarily and silently in my embrace, she taught us the simple lesson of how an openness to share can help heal us. Because the wisdom in recognising that in showing ones vulnerability lies courage and strength is perhaps the most difficult one to learn.
I am in Bombay today and Mithun's pet goldfish Noni is really unwell. As we helplessly watch this fragile beauty lie listless on the pebbles on the base of her bowl-home, I wish I could let her know how much we love her, and that her swishing transparent fins and tail were like wings on our spirit, and that we need her in our lives perhaps more than her beady eyes comprehend.
Inanimate plastic objects shaped like zoo-zoo's sit between a plastic flower pot on Mithun and Samera's drawing room window sill. Powered by solar energy these inanimate objects get infused with a "life" and sit nodding as the leaves of the plant move in unison as though to some music that we cannot hear. As Noni lies with energies fast depleting, these plastic objects become strangely comforting to me.
Today I am meeting a young cinematographer. Perhaps the meeting will bring a new engagement into my life. What is the outcome what becomes most relevant perhaps is that we allow for energies to wash over us, and see if we can tap rhythms out of them.