A New Day – Varanasi, India

After returning home from a month in Varanasi, India in 1989, this image was striking to me because of the essence of peace it carries. Anyone who has been to Varanasi (Benares) knows that walking on the steps of the Ganges at sunrise is far from peaceful, with throngs of tens of thousands of people engaged in a myriad of daily morning rituals. But the image conveys a truth – that deep inner peace is possibVaranasi Prayer © 1989 Susan Slotterle in the middle of chaos.

This beautiful old woman was standing in the water, scooping water into a brass pot, raising it above her head, and pouring the water back into the Ganges from which it came. So much reverence for the sources of life: the rising sun, the water, God.

People who know I worked for 7 straight months on a creative project to bring positive energy to Barack Obama’s campaign ask if I was elated when the results came in. Actually, I felt like this image. Still. Filled with gratitude for the opportunity for a new day, over and over issuing a prayer of “thank you.”

This image feels timely for this moment. No matter what chaotic cacophony is going on around us, we can (must!) find our inner center, the still point in the middle of the vortex of life forces swirling around us.

This images takes me to Rumi’s poem, Clear Bead:

The clear bead at the center
changes everything.
There are no edges
to my loving now…


(Visit the www.ChooseToUnite website to see the inspired music video, and the Choose To Unite Blog to read my Nov. 5  Hallelujah! Our New President! posting.)


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