For the next few posts I will be focusing on the women and children of India that I encountered during my stay there.
Lakshmi is literally one of the most beautiful people I have ever seen. She and her family (3 generations) live on the grounds of the ashram where I took my Yoga Teacher Training. They all work to maintain it. I took this photograph of her while she was out in the field, crouched down, cutting the grass by hand with a blade as the wind twirled the end of her beautiful sari gently up into it’s breeze. Daily, Lakshmi woke with the sun, cut the grass, swept the paths and watered the plants, she did this with as much effort, energy and devotion as the day before. Her hands were patterned with wrinkles that told the saga of her life- where she has been, what she has done- the strength that she holds within.
It is easy to get stuck in a pattern of life. Take a moment to think of the routine things you do everyday. What tasks can you complete more fully? What could you complete more beautifully or gracefully? Sometimes it isn’t about what task is being done, but it is about the way in which it was completed.
To me, this photo represents grace, strength, beauty, resilience and courage. The true embodiment of a woman.