I didn’t have jet lag in India. Not that I noticed anyway. I guess I was running on adrenaline. I was on the move from the moment I got there. I woke up at 3am almost every morning, blogged and got very little sleep, but never felt the way I have the past two days.
Which is like I have a bad hangover. Yesterday was worse than today. I slept most of it.
Today I feel like my body is adjusting to the time change (a ten-hour difference) and my head is still partly in India. I’ve never traveled like this before, so it’s a new and strange sensation for me.
I unpacked and did the chores around the house and farm. But the idea of going to my studio to work is unfathomable to me still.
I picked up some of the dog poop in the back yard that had been frozen under the snow. It may sound strange, but it was actually a grounding thing to do.
I spent time with Chloe and the donkeys. I brushed them and cleaned their hooves, then took them out to the back pasture. Chloe and Fanny got right to grazing, but Lulu spent time with me. I squatted on the ground and she stood by me. Nuzzling me from time to time.
In the afternoon Jon and I visited the Mansion. I gave Connie a gift from India and she gave me a pair of mittens that she knitted. Next Friday, I’ll bring some photos and give a talk about my trip at the Mansion.
Jon and I walked in the woods with the dogs. We sat on the meditation bench and listened to the water.
I still have images of India running through my head. And it’s hard to reconcile them with what I’m actually seeing. There seems to be so much space here, and the colors are so even and gentle. It’s like being plunged into a sensory deprivation tank.
With Jon’s help I keep reminding myself this is a normal adjustment period. I’m just realizing how visually stimulating and how intense and emotional the trip actually was.
Tomorrow I’ll bring the fabrics that I bought in India, into my studio. That’s as far as I can go in my mind.
I’m thinking about the order of 100 potholders that will be coming from the women in Soma’s village and how I’ll sell them. Jon and I are talking about how I can make my relationship with them a long term one.
I also have the tote bags that the girls at the Women’s Interlink Foundation made. I’ll be selling them on my blog in the next couple of days.
And I haven’t forgotten about my Show Your Soul Posters. It seems so long ago that I made them and posted them around Cambridge. But they seem to me to have more relevance than ever. Later this week, I’ll have more printed up.
There’s so much more about India that I want to write about. And I have so many photos that I still want to post. I guess these stories will evolve naturally over time.
I imagine they’ll be integrated in my work too. That’s going to need some space though. It’s not something that will happen before it’s ready to.