One of the images Laura Handler sent us of her Montana Log Cabin was her “shrine”, with these notes:
A Mexican Day of the Dead smoking shrine found in Oaxaca Mexico – note the cigarettes on top.
I have not smoked for eleven years – it’s working!
We know quite a few people who have created personal shrines over the years: arrangements of privately meaningful and sacred objects, quotes, images that remind, give power, hold an intention or a wish…
..like this one of a friend; it changes every once-in-a-while: the placement of elements shift, new pieces are added in. Anything can be a shrine: the configuration and meaning in the eyes – and heart – of the maker.
When we did a search on the internet we discovered an interesting permutation on the theme of shrines: portable shrines made in Altoid mint tins, which are pocket-size and have a convenient hinged lid.
…google “altoid tin shrines” and you’ll find a trove…
Our favorite is an Altoid tin filled with magnetic words from magnetic poetry kits
(you can choose from all sorts of word kits: like love, haiku, encouragement etc); it allows you to tailor your shrine’s message to suit the moment. You can also print favorite words or phrases on injet magnetic sheets and cut them out to include in your portable tin shrine. (Here’s a simple how-to.) You can carry an Altoid tin shrine-let in your pocket.
What’s in your shrine?
Related posts: house tour: laura handler’s montana log cabin
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keeping a dream book
slowing down and counting blessings
bob dylan’s blessing (+ our thanksgiving wish for you)
counting blessings as antidote
batali’s beautiful ‘fuck you’: a tale of 9/11x