You’d think this post is about the sun and the moon and something French, right? Well, it’s not. It does have some relation to the sun and the moon, but the title of this post is in reference to one of my t-shirts (a muscle shirt I might add–yes, I’m working on those biceps). This particular t-shirt was expensive (or at least for the girl who tends to scour the sale section of Forever 21 and American Eagle to find a t-shirt under $15): it cost me about $30, but it was totally worth it and I had a gift card for the store, so it was a good deal. I was also pretty excited because it was my first Urban Outfitters piece of apparel–I had only bought notebooks and phone cases before. When I go to Urban Outfitters I tend to press my nose against the glass and drool over the cameras in the window (too much information Ariel–reason number 1,000,000,000 why people should never, ever let me outside of the comfort of my house). But that’s beside the point.
I had wanted this particular shirt for quite some time, and I’m still not exactly sure why I wanted it so badly. I’m not one to spend that much money on a shirt, especially one without sleeves. But I really loved the design, the sun and the moon, the eye in the center (similar to the one on the dollar bill), and I especially loved the zodiac signs surrounding the sun and the moon. The shirt is black and white and splattered with gold paint, too.
So, Ariel, why write about some $30 t-shirt sitting in your closet when you could be writing about life events, or actually interesting things (if you aren’t asking that yet…then you should sign up to follow this blog via email as soon as possible)?
It’s time for the “Mid-Blog-Post-Moral-of-the-Day” part of the post: Well, you now know exactly where Ariel buys all her clothes, so if you feel so moved by this truly inspirational post, then you can shop like me, dress like me, and be just like me. Or you could be yourself and shop like yourself and dress like yourself. Both options are tempting.
Another question: So, Ariel, why is that t-shirt so important and what’s the point of this blog post (more importantly: Ariel, why do you ask yourself so many questions and force your readers to experience “a day in the life of Ariel’s brain?”)? I really like astrological signs and symbolism. Not only do I like the detailed depictions of the moon and the sun and the stars, but I also love reading horoscopes. While many people are skeptical of whether horoscopes are reliable and such, I enjoy reading them and seeing how they play out in my life. Sure, a lot of the horoscopes I read have absolutely nothing to do with me and I just ignore those. But, if you can find a good app (or sometimes the local paper has good horoscopes), they can be really helpful and guide you. Let’s take my horoscope from May 9th, for instance: I have a PC with (sarcastic drum roll please…) Windows 8 and on the Start menu I have an app called “Daily Horoscope” (creative, I know). On the 9th, it talked about having a decision to make with an upcoming job interview, learning to accept new changes in my life, and to keep my head in the game (I summarized it…a lot). Most of that is relevant to my life right now: I just applied for a job, I am learning to accept some recent changes in my life, and I’m learning to have a better focus on the important things in life. I realize that may not have been the best example for horoscopes, but just trust me on this. Horoscopes can really guide you and set your path straight.
For those of you who don’t know, I consider myself to be Buddhist. I strive to follow and respect the Four Noble Truths and I kept the Noble Eightfold Path in mind as I go about daily life. I also like to meditate. I really became immersed in Buddhism and some Zen practices after learning to meditate two years ago. Meditation is truly amazing. To clear one’s mind is incredibly hard and takes years to fully master. Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from the stresses of society, to turn off the laptop and iPhone, and just to let yourself sit (or stand) at peace. When my Beta fish, Albus Dumbledore, was alive, I would place him on the ground next to me and listen to chants and meditate with him. Don’t judge.
And finally, I always, always, always carry the symbol for “om” with me. Om is a sacred mantra seen in Buddhism and other Dharmic religions. The symbol for “om” is beautiful, and if you haven’t seen it, you should definitely take a look. I draw the symbol on papers, on my friends’ wrists, and I even made a large chalk drawing of the symbol in the courtyard at my school. In Buddhism, “om” is used as an introduction to Vidya-Sadaksari, a sacred mantra. Pretty exciting, huh? If you want to learn more about “om,” take a look at this super user-friendly guide: A SUPER USER-FRIENDLY GUIDE TO OMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
If you’re interested in other belief systems like the astrological and Buddhist signs above, here are some more systems and signs I enjoy and find interesting:
- Druid Tree Signs (sort of like horoscopes, but with trees!)
- Viewing one’s body as a temple
- Astrological hand readings (i.e. the Plain of Mars, Luna, Venus, Upper Mars, etc.)
- Body Wisdom (positive and negative energy)
- Ensō, Karma, and Samsara