I was recently contacted and asked if I’d like to write for a site called Hone Life. I would write a short opinion, based on a single word which would be changed each Sunday, and accompany my article with a visual or visuals. The mission of Hone is to ‘inspire meaningful connections’. It’s meaningful social media. It’s about …developing deeper connections to reality, to the world, and to one’s unique self.
It sounds good. I’m not sure what is meant about deep connections to reality though. What is reality? Be realistic! is an exhortation I hear often. What is usually behind this expression is rejection. Rejection of a reality (mine) that is disagreeable to the exhorter.
This week’s word on Hone is Tradition. Tradition can be defined as the practice, or upkeep of a shared reality. On the spiritual/religious plane, it can act as a reinforcer of a belief system. Christians celebrate Christmas in various ways to reinforce Christian beliefs. Non-Christians celebrate Christmas too, for cultural, psychological and political belief systems. Like all activities, traditional practice can have both positive and negative effects. Like any activity, it can be of most benefit if practised mindfully. Mindfulness requires observation and contemplation.
Which is why I’ve agreed to participate in Hone. It sounds like an excellent way of becoming more mindful and sharing mindfulness. A more rewarding and useful way of socialising online.
I thought this image (above) appropriate to this topic. Entitled Social Fabric, it’s one of a series of digitally manipulated photos combining a fragment of china and a rusted purse clip. I found these objects while digging in the garden. Each has its history and story. When finished, the images reminded me of tartan fabric. The wearing of the tartan is a tradition.
What’s your take on tradition?
- Of Religion, Spirituality, and Nothing (williamricci.com)
- Marilyn Raffaele – The Acturian Group – 22 December 2013 (lucas2012infos.wordpress.com)
- The Arcturian Group Christmas Message via Marilyn Raffaele: December 22, 2013 (aquariusparadigm.com)
- Christmas Before Christ: December 25 and Paganism (worldbulletin.net)
- Merry Christmas to Me! My self-care gift of not going to visit my family. (sharenotshar.wordpress.com)
- Traditionally Speaking (lifebythelb.wordpress.com)
- Holiday Traditions… (hippiedaniella.wordpress.com)
- Family ideals reflected, reinforced in Christmas music, author says (triblive.com)