Years and years ago, Gretchen Rubin wrote about the 8 Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism and added 8 Auspicious Symbols of her own.
While I’ve never gotten all the way up to eight, here are my current auspicious symbols. Encountering any of these can brighten my day and lighten my mood:
Symbols of freedom, adventure, and living lightly. Even packing and unpacking can be a pleasure
Quick, clever, resilient, sweet, misunderstood
A wild, fragrant reminder of childhood. The good parts of childhood, I mean. Nothing smells like real honeysuckle
When I moved from Indiana to New Mexico for college, everything seemed different; the dry heat, the Spanish street names, the turquoise paint and adobe everywhere. I felt reborn. Tumbleweeds and roadrunners, which I’d previously only seen in cartoons, became signs: You have moved on. You have changed.
- My Conch Piercing
Seems silly, but I’ve had the same $8 ring in my ear for the past five years and it still pleases me to no end. I imagined myself with a plain silver ring that went through my whole ear, and I got one. How often in life can anyone get exactly what they wanted, let alone for eight bucks?
Before moving to Germany, I’d never seen a hedgehog in real life. I’ve seen two here, and both times I stopped in my tracks, exclaimed loudly, and tried to hold a conversation with them. Apparently, hedgehogs are the new tumbleweeds; they symbolize a new world PLUS they’re ridiculously cute. Such cute, much wow.
Guess I’m not much for symbolism, if it’s taken me years to find 6 Auspicious Symbols and 2.5 of them are cute animals.
What about you, though? What are your Auspicious Symbols?
Photo: Annie Spratt