29 & 30 May 2015: Yesterday, the 29th, was relatively uneventful with work and studies, but I got to have a fun night with my neighbor, so that was great. Then today, I went to the Craft Museum and to Old Fort with a friend, both of which were awe-inspiring, and the conversation was very enjoyable. My friend got me thinking about many different things, including appropriation of culture versus the compliment that might be borrowing from what you love about different cultures (in reference to my desire to wear a bindi, among other things), the oroborous, or the snake with its tail in its mouth, and what I want to take away from my experience in India, personally. The first and the last of these three topics are sort of connected, and as far as cultural appropriate or misappropriation is concerned, the reason I want to wear the bindi is because I think it's beautiful but also because my coworker/friend was telling me about inner balance and finding one's center and how the bindi can represent your center or inner balance. On that note, what I would like to take away from my experience in India, or at least what I've noticed so far, is the idea of being centered in myself and at my core. The idea that things are whirling around the one focal point that is the being or the self seems to appear a lot here, whether it be in the culture, the art, the language, or anything else, and I would like to learn how to be centered in myself and the present moment. I want to learn to be the object to which the subject and verb come in a sentence, to represent the strength and centeredness of the bindi, to stand in the present, where kal is today and tomorrow and everything circles around the now. That is what I hope to learn, although I think it might be lofty. I guess I've just always known in my mind that there is only the present and there is no sense living anywhere but here and now, but I had yet to internalize it until I came to India. I think I might actually be learning to internalize and live the concept because I have no other option here. Also, I think the oroborous fits in there somewhere, but I'm not quite sure how to explain that part.
Here are some pictures of me at the Craft Museum and Old Fort.