It all started with the windy weather this week and some unopened boxes in the attic. In one of these boxes I found my travel journal of my first trip to India with Martijn 10 years ago. The same box had some souvenirs that we took back from our adventure; Tibetan prayer flags. As I like the way their bright colours dance in the wind I hung them in our garden.

When I wanted to draw them in my journal I had a closer look at the symbols and just had to google what is actually going on with those little pieces of cloth. If you’re interested here’s a short version of

¨The Tibetans believe that the prayers and mantras on the flags will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all. The colours symbolise the different elements. The images on the flags in the corners are known as the four dignities; the dragon, the garuda, the tiger, and the snowlion. The one in the middle is the wind horse. Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. ¨

Laurien Baart

So now, as we speak, the wind is blowing some blessings and an extra dosis positivity into our universe!

Do you also have something that you brought back from a trip that is very different from your culture and inspires you? 



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  1. Tessie zegt:

    Lieve lau! Iedere nacht slaap ik op mijn kussentjes uit Azië onder mijn plaid uit Zuid-Amerika 😉 wat een fijne blog om het weekend mee te starten!! Xxx!!!

  2. Grace zegt:

    Hi Laurien!!

    Love this post and thanks for sharing the info – very interesting! The wind must be strong between the Netherlands and Switzerland cos a big gust if blessing and positivity just arrived directly from your garden!!

    I love buying one special thing from each country I visit and it reminds me of that trip and time in my life. Our most recent additions were 2 beautiful tea cups from Sri Lanka to remember the story of tea as we drink it everyday!!

    Keep up the good work!


  3. laurienbaart zegt:

    Thank you Grace!! We also love buying useful souvenirs and tea cups are just perfect! Lots of love, XX

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