Center for Sacred Psychology

Soul Food Archive: Desserts & Snacks

Radha and Krishna
Radha and Krishna Feeding Each Other in the Glade
Western India, 19th century*

Desserts & Snacks can come in spiritual flavors. There are times when the hearty meal or novel fare just doesn't appeal to our taste buds. Instead, we hunger for small after-dinner tidbits, simple comfort food, the treats of childhood. Here are some assorted tasty morsels and indulgences for times of spiritual play (and, no calories!).

Please visit our Main Courses and Guest Caterer Specials for heavier meals. Also, don't forget our earlier offerings, stored in the Soul Food Archive. Your comments are always welcome. Read others' comments about this page.

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Let’s take a moment to gaze at this design—yes, it’s an art quilt of Japanese fabrics.*

If the quilt has spoken to you (and/or, you have spoken to it), below are a few questions to consider.  However, let's not rush to ideas...first, just let this image be with you; let it do its work.

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  • What is it like to gaze at this picture?  Does it draw you in?  Or, does the center come out to meet you?  Does the design seem static? Or, does it seem active?
  • What feelings does the quilt generate, if any?  Do any associations to the pattern or colors come to you?
  • If you were living with this quilt, where would you hang it?  Can you imagine yourself using it as a meditation aid?

Viewers will be familiar with the wide variety of visual meditation aids in many traditions—from rose windows in the west to yantras in the east.  These are sometimes called "pictures of the soul," and they offer an alternative to "emptying" meditation styles, such as Centering Prayer.  In the mandalic traditions, repeated gazing at a balanced, harmonious design is thought to lead one into a corresponding state of balance and harmony.

 

 

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Read Others' Comments...

To the Center, To answer some of your questions, I think this quilt doesn't make it for me as a meditation aid, just because it's so rich and full of interesting fabrics and colors. I would hang it where I wanted something lively and exciting, not where I wanted to enter into calmness....but, if the same design was done in soft colors, or maybe darker colors, it could be a mandala for meditation. Thanks for posting the picture--beautiful quilt.
Jesse
Trabuco Canyon, CA

 

Every time I return to look at this quilt, it makes me think of a line from the women who wrote "The Quilters." They speak of how quilts can be "confessions in cloth," and it seems as if this quilter has put her heart into this. Her blend of Asian fabrics with an American quilt pattern says something about her own desire to bridge opposites. Just a thought. Thank you.
Susanna Hightower
Washington, D.C.

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* Credits for this page:

~ Radha and Krishna Feeding Each Other in the Glade, Western India, 19th century

East Meets West Quilt #8: Fans, ©1999, B.Caprio Hedberg, Los Angeles.  Hand-pieced and hand-quilted, 48"x50" (collection of Mary and Kevin McGinnis, Pittsfield, MA). The quilt contains both U.S.-made and Japanese fabrics, with side borders of Indonesian batik.  All cotton, including red sateen for the fan centers.  This is also what's known as "a puzzle quilt.”  In this case, the puzzle is, “Can you find the bird in each fan? Can you find the wave fabric in each fan?" (questions designed to entice viewers into the visual space).

 

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