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Abundance/Collectivitea

A very short, succinct post on gratitude today. I am grateful for every real or perceived, good or bad experience that has brought me to where I am today. I am the result of all of them. What are you grateful for today?

This post is part of a gratitude journal that I maintain and update almost daily. To read the gratitude journal entries so far, click here. – Priya

 


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Self help / Collectivitea
I hope you had a good weekend and got to spend time with the people you love, and doing the things you love. For some time now, I have settled into a sedate, much-loved weekend routine- a book or two, brunch or dinner out, long walks, a movie, and time at the library or bookstore. My excitement on Saturday was that I had two books listen to on Audible- Coming Alive: 4 Tools to Defeat Your Inner Enemy, Ignite Creative Expression & Unleash Your Soul’s Potential by Barry Michels and Phil Stutz; and Braving The Wilderness: The Quest For True Belonging And The Courage To Stand Alone by Brené Brown. (Insert eye roll from resident teenagers). For a while now, the books I’ve read have all had titles like these- long and involving some soul-searching. It started 2 years ago with the realization that I had more questions than answers about the way my life was unfolding, and like any dedicated bibliophile, I looked for the answer in books. After reading what seems like almost every book in the self-help aisle, my searching has slowed. I have reached a point where I can see the common threads that run through many of these books, and by extension, in people’s lives. And I have learned to take what I can apply to my life and leave out what doesn’t resonate. I disagree with the disdain that many people for the genre because when I am lost or seeking answers, I am grateful for writers, storytellers, and teachers who share the lessons they’ve learned, making them available and accessible to all of us. Take what works, and leave the rest. For a while, it seemed like all I ever had was questions and doubt, and today I am grateful to feel closer to the end of that tunnel.

I would love to hear from you. What are your thoughts on gratitude? Do you keep a gratitude journal? What are you grateful for? Share your thoughts in the comments section! Have a lovely day! – Priya


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Sep 15

On Gratitude

 

On Gratitude / Collectivitea
I wasn’t able to post my gratitude journal entry last night because I couldn’t find my computer charger, and it was really late and I was tired. Thursdays are when I feel the weeks’ stress the most, and it felt better to let myself rest than striving to find the charger and finding something to write. I have learned to honor those feelings and practice self-care when I feel tired. I am grateful for all those preceding moments and lessons that have taught me that self-care is important, and not an add-on. I am also grateful that it’s Friday and I have the day off. Next week, my older son goes off to college and I am so excited for him. I remember my college days as fun as well as challenging and filled with diverse experiences. I grew up in those 6 years of staying in a hostel and attending college far away from home. But it is true that as long as we let ourselves, we can continue to grow every year. I hope that I’ll be that person who is still curious and excited about learning and growing even in my 70’s.

I am grateful to have been given the opportunity for being the parent of this young man- his curiosity, drive, and openness to learning from his triumphs and challenges have inspired me greatly ( and remembering these words from Kahlil Gibran). Parenting has taught me as much as I, as a parent, may have taught the boys, and I am grateful for that. It’s a reminder that we all have someone or something to be grateful for at any given moment. I am grateful that we have the company of my younger son- though there is nothing like having a resident teenager to keep you, and your ego, in check- he is growing into himself and it’s like watching a flower bloom.

It’s the end of the week, and as I get ready to share the story of my third creative of the week, I am so grateful for Collectivitea-  there is nothing more beautiful than celebrating everybody’s creativity.

I would love to hear from you. What are your thoughts on gratitude? Do you keep a gratitude journal? What are you grateful for? Share your thoughts in the comments section! Have a lovely day! – Priya


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Gratitude Journal/ Collectivitea

Grateful that today is over! Not because it was not good but it was so busy. Grateful for a long evening walk, cooler weather, takeout food, and for a comfortable bed at the end of the day. I volunteer every week at a local organization and I am grateful for the opportunity. I write this post just before bedtime and it has a way of making me look at my day and discover all the hidden and not so hidden awesomeness of every day. So here goes!I am grateful for YouTube how-to videos because they have an answer for everything (for example, how to open coconuts without any tools!)- what an awesome world we live in! Grateful for the local radio station whose radio hosts have to be most cheerful ever, especially the ones at 7AM, though you know they must have left their homes in the middle of the night (almost) to get to work. Grateful that I live in a dog-loving neighborhood – we don’t have a dog but so many of our neighbors do. Walking is more fun because we have to stop often and say Hello to canine friends! What are you grateful for today?   – Best, Priya

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Gratitude/ CollectiviteaGrateful that I was able to show up here tonight because it’s already late! While we all want to make the right changes and choices (eat right, exercise daily, have an attitude of gratitude, work hard, not procrastinate etc. etc. etc.), day to day ‘stuff’ just gets in the way, doesn’t it? We mean well but with so many things competing for our attention, it can be hard to do all the things we want to do. So today, I am grateful that I logged in to write out what I am grateful for because I know that when I slow down and start counting the people, the situations, the things, and even the hard lessons, there is a lot to be grateful for.  Grateful for superhero shows on TV because I love superheroes! Grateful for my daily 20-minute meditative practice for helping me combat daily stresses. I use Headspace or one of the podcasts from Hay House. I thought I was so tired that I would only be able to write a sentence or two, but as always happens, I remember more things I am grateful for… the ladies who do my eyebrows at the local salon. They are unfailingly cheerful and helpful. I am also grateful for an idea for a book that has been haunting me this last week with its possibilities. I haven’t actually done anything about it, but the idea is just shimmering gently, out there in the distance. Am I brave enough to do something about it? I don’t know.

What are you grateful for today?   – Best, Priya

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Gratitude Journal/ Collectivitea

Hello Monday. I am grateful that Hurricane Irma is now a Tropical Storm, and am sending my prayers and speedy recovery wishes to the people that were in the path of Irma, and earlier, Hurricane Harvey. If you’d like to donate towards relief efforts, the Red Cross site is here and the NYTimes has a list of more links. Here’s to hoping Hurricane Jose doesn’t strengthen further. It seems like all the news that we read these days is horrifying and scary, and it can overwhelm us, and make us feel helpless. In those times, focus on doing what you are able to, helping in whatever way works for you, and don’t forget to take care of yourself.

I am also grateful today for a number of other things. That Mercury Retrograde, if it’s really a thing, is over; that library book fines are just 25 cents/day. And immensely grateful for my husband who assures me every evening that whatever it (errands, chores, kids’ demands)  is, it can wait- so that I can take that long walk with my audiobook. It’s my favorite to-do of the day. Thank you!

Now that summer is over, I have decided to update the gratitude journal daily again. There is something about a consistent practice of gratitude that really helps to put your life in perspective and stops you from taking the people, situations, and things in your life for granted. So I will be back every day to update this journal.

Lastly, I have three amazing storytellers this week, from different walks of life, sharing their creative journeys and I am so grateful to them! I worked all weekend on a new look for the Collectivitea front page to echo the new direction that we are headed in, and I really like it. You can check it here and let me know what you think. Have a wonderful day, and I will see you tomorrow!- Best, Priya

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Curiosity/Gratitude Journal

 

Welcome to September on Collectivitea! Over the last year, I have read a lot of self-help books. Self-help seems a rather glib description for a category that asks you to go inward for answers, doesn’t it? Anyway, I read a lot of these books to seek answers to questions I had, and as part of a general mid-life examination of my life choices and decisions. The books ranged from pragmatic ‘do this’ and ‘do that’ list-making types to explorations into the more mystical aspects of life, about higher forces, and spirits, and taking guidance from them. If I could distill my year’s worth of reading down to one sentence, it would be these words by Elizabeth Gilbert from her book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, “living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.” To this, add gratitude. Start every morning with gratitude for the people in your life, and for the experiences you’ve had. (Make it a habit just like brushing your teeth, and do it 3 times a day.) Then step into the magical wonderland of your life with curiosity for what the day will hold.  After just a few weeks of doing this, I can already see the difference- I am more aware, more inspired, more resilient, and happier.

So yet again, I am grateful for books, and for teachers that write them. I am also grateful for second chances- you know, people talk about the forties as if it were the beginning of the great decline. Instead, think of it as an opportunity to enjoy your journey anew. Life, 2.0, if you will. Of course, that holds true, no matter how old or young you are. Life begins anew every day. I am also grateful for the end of summer, for new friendships, and for being able to write here. Talking about writing, I’ve always thought I would love to write a book. A photo journal essay type, or a work of fiction. Today morning, as I was driving back from dropping the kids off at school, a whisper of an idea showed up. I came home and wrote it down quickly before I forgot. We will see what I can do with the idea and if I can grow it, but I am already grateful to it for showing up and taking my morning from mundane to magical. That’s all we really need, don’t we? What are you grateful for this week?

This post is part of a gratitude journal that I maintain and update weekly. To read the gratitude journal entries so far, click here. “ Priya

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Online Gratitude Journal/ Collectivitea

Welcome to a new week on Collectivitea! We all have some days when we feel that the work we do, whether within our families or in an outside work environment, is not appreciated. And, by extension, that we are not appreciated. On those days, instead of waiting for someone else to appreciate what you do, appreciate yourself. Give yourself a pat on the back and acknowledge the efforts you make.

This week I am grateful that my injured foot continues to heal allowing me to slowly resume my walks (and audiobooks!). I am also grateful for those moments when I recognize that I am waiting for appreciation and recognition from the outside. What do I do in those situations? Well, first I recognize what I am doing- I am placing a silent expectation on the people around me, and then being resentful when they don’t respond the way I (silently) will them to. Read Gretchen Rubin’s article Taken For Granted for tips on how to gracefully cope with this need for appreciation. Which also makes me so grateful for the internet because it has made information (and even knowledge, and wisdom) more accessible. I am also grateful for the luxury of time to introspect, and learn. What are you grateful for this week?

This post is part of a gratitude journal that I maintain and update weekly. To read the gratitude journal entries so far, click here. – Priya

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 Gratitude Practice / Collectivitea
Hello! Hope you had a great weekend! Welcome to the latest entry in my gratitude journal. It’s the morning of the solar eclipse as I type this and while we are not on the path of totality, it’s still a momentous occasion here in the United States. The light is changing as I type this and it is so exciting! Wherever in the world you are, I hope you are excited for the week ahead.

As I reflect on what I was grateful for in the past week and what I take with me into the new week, it’s this – I am grateful to have learned that gratitude is the only attitude that points us forward. I started the gratitude journal a few months ago, and in the beginning it was something I consciously reminded myself to do. It’s so weird that even when we have many people, circumstances, and things to be grateful for – and at any given moment, we all do– gratitude was something I still needed to remember to feel.

We traveled to meet family over summer and I was grateful for all the love in my life. I wasn’t writing every day, but I slowly started to feel a background hum of gratitude woven into my day.

I wondered if a time would come when, having learnt and read about gratitude, mindfulness, of letting go of ego, of being present and more,  I would achieve a state where I am always calm, peaceful, joyous and focused. A permanent state of being. In my experience and from all my readings, it seems that while there may be a permanent state, we have to start by feeling it from moment to moment. Which brings us back to life’s favorite lesson- it’s the journey that counts, and not the destination! So I focus on being grateful this moment.

To incorporate more gratitude into my day, I have set up a gratitude practice. I start my morning by taking a few minutes to list 5 things I am grateful for. I do the same before meal times and before going to bed. I list just a few things, and the only requirement is I find different things to be grateful for during the day. It can be as mundane as thank goodness, I did the laundry yesterday, to as meaningful as a thank you for the wonderful people in my life. The first few days I had to make sure I remembered, and to stop myself from unconsciously reaching for my phone first thing in the morning. The way I feel on the days I have followed this are different from days when I don’t- I react less to people and situations. I worry less. I laugh more. I am more patient. Even people with whom I have a history of differences- I tend to let go of all the he-said, she said. Seriously, I don’t know why I it took me so long to learn this. Definitely the most important thing to be grateful for, to have finally learnt this! Do you have a gratitude practice? I would love to hear about it!

In addition there was a trifecta that I was thankful for- the weather with it’s cooling trend, my boys who always manage to bring a smile to my face, and the availability of books. The first one because it means fewer migraines, the second because they are the loves of my life, and the third, books, because even those times when I am stuck in bed with my injured foot, I can imagine myself in a grand adventure.

I waited till Monday morning to update the journal, because some days (like yesterday) the words are a gooey mess, and other days (like today) they flow! Have a wonderful week! – Priya

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Online Gratitude Journal / CollectiviteaHello! Hope you had a great weekend! If you’ve been following my online gratitude journal the last few months and wondered where I was, my apologies! I was dealing with some health issues but am slowly getting back on my feet.  I hope your summer was fun and that you are ready for the best time of the year- fall and winter! (Best time of the year, according to me anyway).

  • Tonight, I am grateful that my injury is slowly getting better and while I am not fully recovered, I am making progress.
  • Grateful for our amazing bodies, and the resilience of our minds.  I miss being able to go for my daily walks. Until the injury, I walked regularly, and for many miles, everyday. I usual have an audio book and I have been ‘reading’ these, and finishing them at a brisk rate. I am hopeful that with proper rest, I can get back to what was my favorite time of the day.
  • Grateful for supportive family who made cups of tea, did the laundry, brought me books, and kept me company while I recuperated.
  • Grateful for birthdays because though each one may bring to end another year, there is always more that I learn. Every year brings more awareness, humility, and maturity and that makes it hard for me to look back at youth with any longing!
  • Grateful to recapture my joy in writing here. I always feel lost when I am not connected to my creative side. Nothing seems to be able to replace the sense of joy that photography and writing bring to me. We all have something like that, don’t we?
  • Grateful to have you here, dear reader! I recently started a new path for Collectivitea- more storytelling (like this inspiring interview), but with a focus on creativity.  I am so grateful for the amazing people that have been with me, some of them for nearly a decade, and who immediately shared their stories. You are the absolute best!
  • It’s Sunday evening as I type this and that being the case, I am so grateful for a new episode of Game Of Thrones.

To give myself time to not just write words to gratitude but to actually let the feeling weave through every day, I will be updating the gratitude journal every Sunday evening. Have a wonderful week! – Priya

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Happiness / Gratitude Journal

How was your Monday? I hope it was lovely. I am currently taking a 3 month course on happiness (it’s an early birthday present I gave myself) and the biggest lesson that I am learning is to let it all go. The hurts, anger, disappointments, the worry, the he-said, she-said, that thing that happened to me so many years ago or 10 mins ago, the oh-my-god-I-have been -through-so-much or so-little (whichever applies!), new stresses and old, festering wounds – all that gunk. Don’t let it hang around, don’t let it stick. Let it all go. You don’t have to hold on to the stuff that happens to you. Let it go. Tonight, I am grateful for being in a world where there are courses and teachers for everything, even happiness. Especially happiness! I was wondering if there was a thought provoking quote on happiness that I can share here, and I came across this one that literally paraphrases what I just learnt, “Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.” I don’t know who said it but they are onto something.

If you are interested in online courses that you can take on happiness wherever you are in the world, UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center has one coming up in September. Have a fabulous day and I will see you tomorrow. This post is part of a gratitude journal that I maintain and update almost daily. To read the gratitude journal entries so far, click here. – Priya

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Friday night / Gratitude Journal/ Collectivitea

Honestly, what is one most grateful for on a hot summer Friday night? I will tell you what- a lovely, home cooked dinner, fresh fruit for dessert plucked right off the tree (plums are here!), shared cups of chai, air conditioning, and the sweetest people in the world to share it all with. I hope you and yours have a lovely weekend and that you get to rest, relax, and do all the things you love.

This post is part of a gratitude journal that I maintain and update almost daily. To read the gratitude journal entries so far, click here. – Priya

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Kalamkari / Collectivitea

A big thank you for your kind words letting me know that the dullness will pass. I am doing much better. Do you know the poem A Blessing by James Wright? It’s ostensibly about horses, but it’s last lines go like this..

“..Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
Into blossom.”
For me, these words capture that magic, and that magical moment when you are so present, inspired, and are so caught up in doing what you love. That moment when it feels like you could break into blossom. Is it any wonder that we want to capture that feeling as often as possible? Tonight I am grateful for the people and things that inspire us and I am grateful for this lovely, supportive and positive community. Grateful for you.  Have a wonderful day!

This post is part of a gratitude journal that I maintain and update almost daily. To read the gratitude journal entries so far, click here. – Priya

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When You Are Uninspired / Gratitude Journal / CollectiviteaHello and welcome! If this is your first time here, let me give you a little background. Collectivitea is about finding, and celebrating creativity, mine and yours. I share my journey and hope that it resonates with you, and that we can learn from each other. Today I want to talk about feeling uninspired and suggestions on how to deal with it. It’s been 10 days since I got back from vacation but instead of feeling refreshed, I have just been feeling uninspired. Maybe it’s because there was the 4th of July holiday just yesterday which meant another mini break. Maybe it’s the jet lag that I am still having trouble with. Or maybe it’s the dry yellowness of summer, which I am sure every photographer ought to dislike. Or the fact that I am in my 40’s, and somehow more prone to moody malaise (I have no proof of this, just hearsay.). Maybe it’s all the above. I wish that once we’ve figured out what we want to do with our life, we are excused from bouts of uninspired-ness, and days when we have to delve deep to find that which excites us. But that’s not how it works. So what do you  do when you are uninspired? There must be at least two schools of thought on this- one, persevere until you can break through the dullness, or two, leave things alone until the muse revisits you. I have a more DIY, step by step approach for when I am feeling uninspired. The first step is to eliminate clutter in my surroundings. I organize everything- bills, receipts, artwork,- and somehow, clearing and organizing the physical clutter helps me focus on my work. It’s almost as if I have created space for my creativity. Eliminating/downsizing digital clutter (clear Inbox, respond to emails etc.) helps further by giving me a sense of getting through my to-do list. Sometimes, this is all I need to regain focus- whether it’s a photography assignment, writing or other technical work. If this doesn’t do the trick, the next is to get away into more natural surroundings – a walk in the woods, find a quiet trail or even better, get somewhere near the ocean. I have read how water ( from rivers, and oceans, to being in the shower) has an inspiring effect on creativity, and have experienced it too. Most of my creative ideas have been sparked in the shower.  What do you do if none of this works? Persevere. If you are a writer, and are uninspired and find you can’t write, persevere and write a sentence or two anyway. Maybe they won’t be the best sentences you have ever written, but they may clear the way for fantastic sentences to appear. And the same if you are an artist, photographer, or engaged in any kind of endeavor. Break it up into small parts, keep at it, and create a path to inspiration. Because while we may think that we have to wait for inspiration to strike us, sometimes we have to create a path and go to it. Tonight, I am grateful for having found a path out of my creative funk and for finding joy in colors, prints and patterns again.

This post is part of a gratitude journal that I maintain and update almost daily. To read the gratitude journal entries so far, click here. – Priya

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CollectiviteaTGIF! Friday evenings are especially deserving of gratitude. Not because they signify the end of the work week but because they open up extra time to explore other interests. So here’s to finally binge watching the latest season of the House Of Cards, spending time with books with the most intriguing titles (see below right) and to taking pictures for fun, like with these gorgeous block printed napkins (above) from Kari By Kriti.

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Gratitude Journal / Collectivitea

The first thing that I am grateful for today is a housecleaning service, a mundane but useful luxury. A clutter-free environment has been found to be important to our ability to focus and be productive, and a good clean up is always welcome! I feel that I get more done when everything is exactly in it’s place and that includes having the figurines, tchotchkes, books, textiles etc. just so (the rest of my family rolls their eyes!). The internet was out for a few hours and I was grateful because that meant I couldn’t be online – this is a holdover from my recent vacation when I rediscovered the joys of reading an actual book rather than reading something online (though this article is a great read on how you can’t really blame the internet for everything!). At lunch, and sans internet, I was reading a romance novel where the hero tells the heroine that he is grateful for every problem, difficulty, and roadblock that he has ever faced because they all led up to him meeting her, the love of his life. Our triumphs and to a greater extent, our failures, and how we deal with them makes us who we are today, whether it leads to the love of our life or a life that we love. And I discovered I am grateful for the series of life events that resulted in my being right where I am today. Also extending that gratitude to romance novels for their never-fail happy endings! What are you grateful for today?

This post is part of a gratitude journal that I maintain and update almost daily. To read the gratitude journal entries so far, click here. – Priya

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Meditation / Collectivitea

Sorry, I am a little late in posting yesterday’s gratitude journal entry! I have been jet lagged and yesterday I fell asleep in the evening before I wrote in the gratitude journal. Anyway, here I am, bright and early on Thursday morning. I am grateful today for a good night’s sleep. I am also grateful for the time that I have today morning to gather my thoughts. I always hear from people that they are strapped for time to do this or that, and I am grateful for the luxury of having it. Today is the first day of a new meditation practice and I am excited for it. I am grateful to have found meditation which has single-handedly turned my life around. If you haven’t tried it yet, I recommend Headspace to start with. And if you are wondering if meditation has any real benefits, here is an article that lists just how many) With a wider perspective, I am also grateful for my life – the unique path that has led me to where I am. The ups and downs, the twists in the road, the scenery, the pit stops, and the company. It may feel like a multilevel, multiplayer game of skill and chance where I don’t all the rules, but, hey, at least it’s never boring! Have a wonderful day!

This post is part of a gratitude journal that I maintain and update almost daily. To read the gratitude journal entries so far, click here. – Priya

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Summer /CollectiviteaIt’s back to work with a vengeance, and I am happy to be in the middle of it all. Summer is not really my favorite time of the year as I prefer fall with its cool winds and gorgeous colors. But today I am grateful for summer for it’s easier morning routines, and for the expansiveness of a summer day. There is time to fit a longer walk, an extra cup of chai, or to read a few more pages in your book at night. For years, I resented summer- I had migraines, there was a lawlessness to it because of the lack of a school schedule, and the days just s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d on and on! But for the first time in a really long time, I am grateful for summer.

This post is part of a gratitude journal that I maintain and update almost daily. To read the gratitude journal entries so far, click here. – Priya

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Kantha/ Collectivitea

Hello! I am glad to be back here after a couple of weeks of vacationing, and sporadic posts. One thing I am immensely grateful for today is that the summer solstice is over. From here on the days will get shorter and if that seems like a strange thing to be grateful for, just think of us migraine sufferers! I spent 3 weeks in India, and it’s been a complete refresh and reset. Meeting family, spending time catching up, plus a more or less digital detox has been good for me. As always when I am in India, I am taken aback by the amount of creative talent and skill that passes as commonplace. My Mom and I visited sari shops, textile fairs etc. and the sheer variety of textile traditions is amazing. Though I know all of this already, every time I’m there, it hits me anew. I saw some lovely kantha work, both clothing and bedding materials, and it has to be one of my favorite types of embroidery. The hand stitched kantha results in a heavier, and very slightly ruched material, and I prefer that. Hand embroidery tells more of the embroiderer’s story, don’t you think? And the machine embroidered kantha, seen more and more these days, seems flat, as if removing all the stories and nuances. Today I am grateful for these skilled craftsmen, and women and for the people working to support the continuation of these traditions. If you are curious about the kantha stitch, do read this earlier post for a little background + pictures on this art form. Have a wonderful week and I’ll see you tomorrow!Kantha/ Collectivitea

This post is part of a gratitude journal that I maintain and update almost daily. To read the gratitude journal entries so far, click here. – Priya

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Jun 18

Kalamkari

Kalamkari / Collectivitea

Kalamkari is enjoying a big comeback in all the stores, fairs, exhibitions that I’ve been to on this trip to India. It’s always been popular but seems to be more so right now. Big, bold graphics, colored with vegetable dyes and available in cotton and khadi silk. Elaborate scenes from mythological stories, depictions of the Buddha, and representations of nature (floral vines, prowling jungle animals) are available on dress materials, saris, and more. Some of the prints are really too big for me to wear, but as inspiration and as art, they are just spectacular!  I will possibly spend all my money on these gorgeous textiles. I am getting a few stitched as clothing (grateful for the luxury of a good tailor!) but the rest are just going into my textile collection. I remember writing some years ago about buying a large, intricately carved wooden armoire to store my textile collection. (I even had a Pinterest board for it.)  Somehow I never gotten round to getting one. Maybe it’s time now. You know when you’ve a crush on someone and you try to catch their eye every time, or sigh deeply every time they pass by? Well, that’s how I would feel about the armoire filled with all these textiles- the temptation to stare at it all day, the rush of joy! Today I am grateful for the textiles tradition in India, and to be able to add more of these lovelies to my collection. I bought a few yards of cloth and also these borders that the printers had cut off because someone hadn’t wanted them in their order. Of course, I had to have them!

This post is part of a gratitude journal that I maintain and update almost daily. To read the gratitude journal entries so far, click here.  Have a wonderful day! – Priya

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Gratitude Journal

Welcome to today’s entry in my gratitude journal! Grateful to spend time with my parents for a 3 in 1 celebration of birthdays + Father’s Day. Grateful to spend an afternoon browsing sari stores with my Mom, then visiting with the tailor who promised to have blouses ready in a magically short time. Grateful for veggie grilled sandwiches made with a secret chutney, for butterscotch birthday cake, and going to bed early with a masala- filled, summer beach-read kind of book. Also grateful to be going on a art gallery jaunt tomorrow! What are you grateful for today?

This post is part of a gratitude journal that I maintain and update almost daily. To read the gratitude journal entries so far, click here.  Have a wonderful day! – Priya

Gratitude Journal

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Home / Gratitude Journal/ CollectiviteaIt’s almost time to go back home. What a difference 2 weeks of travel can make! A change of scene, a fresh perspective, and a renewal of spirit. We get set in our ways and in spite of our best intentions, become a little inflexible. Travel shakes up all that and takes us out of our comfort zone. For some of us, it also makes us appreciate home more. I am grateful for my home. I have always felt like a patchwork quilt because over the course of my life, I have called more than one country home. It can be isolating when you don’t belong completely to just one, and are instead a hybrid of sorts, shaped by each one of the places that nurtured you. I have often felt it as a drawback because it makes it harder to fit into a neat category. People like stereotypes, and always wonder what to do with you because you don’t fit a preconceived stereotype. But today I am grateful for those experiences and for all the places that became my home. I came across this quote by writer Henning Mankel, “You can have more than one home. You can carry your roots with you, and decide where they grow.” and I can’t agree more.

 

Home. Looking forward to coming home to golden days, giant roses and ripe plums, peaches and apples. 🏡

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This post is part of a gratitude journal that I maintain and update almost daily. To read the gratitude journal entries so far, click here.  Have a wonderful day! – Priya

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Today’s ☕️#onceuponateatime

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Hello! When I started the gratitude journal, my hope was that at the end of each day I would reflect on the good. The good that I may be taking for granted. More than a month into the journal, I definitely notice that feeling grateful has become a practice. Some days, the gratitude is expressed in as simple an expression as it could have been worse (ha!) and at others, I feel filled to the brim with all the people, situations and things I am grateful for. It’s probably naive to write this, but wouldn’t it be awesome if a steady state was easily attainable? That we don’t go up and down  in response to an outside situation or the mood or words of another person? All the spiritual teachings say that we can recognize this pattern of reacting and that a steady state is possible. If there were a million wooden steps leading up to that state, I feel like I am on the first step. So today, I am grateful to be on that step.

 

All is not always so serious however. On my visit to the local emporiums in Coimbatore, India (where I am visiting currently) I found these turbaned men (maybe Maharajas?) painted in the miniature style of Rajasthan. They looked dopey and interesting enough that I had to get one in every turban color. I have also been visiting temples both in the city, and outside. I am fascinated by the cultural and religious traditions and the architectural and sculptural treasures. Grateful for this opportunity to visit and see these marvelous creations! I haven’t visited in many years and it’s wonderful to rediscover this part of the world. To do so in comfort, and with family and friends, is another thing to be grateful for. I am grateful for dusty old-school emporiums with their promise of treasures in every corner. I love the different schools of miniature paintings and am always happy to find new subjects and styles. As I am out and about, I keep thinking I would love to work on a photo book on temple architecture or miniature painting or something similar. To visit more of these places, to photograph and capture them through my lens. (Definitely a Dear Universe letter!)

The best thing with writing these posts on gratitude is that I will start off trying to list (or find something) what I am grateful for, and then somewhere after the first few lines, like a well-oiled engine, the list starts to add up and I almost have to force myself to stop. It’s a good way to wrap up the day.  If you have been thinking about a gratitude journal, stop thinking and start already!

 

This post is part of a gratitude journal that I maintain and update almost daily. To read the gratitude journal entries so far, click here.  Have a wonderful day! – Priya

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Books / collectivitea

I posted on Instagram today that happiness looks like this – books, the beauty of them, and the stories they tell. Happiness is sitting down with a cup of tea and these books, and reveling in them. Today I had a moment when I sat surrounded by family, enjoying a cup of tea together, and browsing these books – a little everyday moment, but filled with a grand joy. We have been told so many times, and by so many teachers that it’s the little things that matter in the long run. As Kurt Vonnegut said, “Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realize they were the big things.”I felt that acutely today and for that I am grateful. Have a lovely day! – Priya

This post is part of a gratitude journal that I maintain and update almost daily. To read the gratitude journal entries so far, click here. I am happy to be back writing here and hope to see you everyday. Have a wonderful week! – Priya Image credits/copyright: Studio Collectivitea


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Helping Someone / Gratitude Journal

The days are really long and action packed. I’m on vacation but it’s a busy one. One of the writer-teachers whose work I follow wrote that helping someone is not an unidirectional act, that of you helping someone in need. Instead the person who is being helped is actively involved because they allow themselves to be helped. Have I written that clearly? Hearing this, I had one of those aha moments that forever alter the way you look at things. When I allow someone to help me, I too participate and create space to receive their efforts. And vice versa. Today, I am grateful for the opportunity to help people and that they have chosen to accept my help happily. Again in Maya Angelou’s words, “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” It’s a profound lesson that I will carry with me. In smaller things, I am also happy that someone created a natural Odomos cream (google that!). Have a fabulous day! _ Priya

This post is part of a gratitude journal that I maintain and update almost daily. To read the gratitude journal entries so far, click here. I am happy to be back writing here and hope to see you everyday. Have a wonderful week! – Priya Image credits/copyright: Studio Collectivitea


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