housekeeping and mandalas? Sept 18, 2010 13:21:39 GMT -5 dayeanu and europegirl like this Quote Select PostDeselect PostLink to PostBack to Top Post by blossoming on Sept 18, 2010 13:21:39 GMT -5 i've been thinking alot about how lots of us have issues with the impermanence of housekeeping. that it must be done again each day. people want it to seem more fulfiling and hte fact that it must be redone and is destroyed so quickly seems to negate that.then i started thinking about mandalas. they're circular drawings, often extremely beautiful, that are made for many reasons from the religious/spiritual to fun and artistic. anyway, one form of them is made of colored sand and is INTENDED to be destroyed from the very beginning. this very intricate, very specific form of art or prayer, however you choose to think of it, takes enormous amounts of dedication to design and create. and then, it's destroyed as a symbol of the impermance of life. so, what do we build up each day in our home that is then destroyed and how can we change the way we think of both the production and the destruction?when i wipe the counters or scrub the toilet (both of which i realize now i do in a circular motion hee hee) what am i building? when crumbs fall and i need to repeat the process over again, what is happening? is it so terrible, this destruction? would it realy be better to live in a place where a crumb never fell and i never had to redo my work?is my housekeeping enough akin to art or prayer to me to make it worth my while to keep redoing it?i dont' know. but i'm been working on ways of reconceiving housework for a long time and this is an interesting one for me.