Monday, December 24, 2018


“I am bringing abundance and wealth to all these booths, every one of them that I enter” I overhear the woman say to her companion as she examines Katie’s sculptures.

“I’ll take that, and give it right back to you,” I say to her over the throngs of people crowding the booth, and the two of us lock eyes with a grin.

“Would you mind if I sing a mantra to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity?” she says, still grinning, and, without thinking, I say yes, even while some of the other customers watch us warily.

I almost instantly regret it as she begins walking around the booth and singing to the butterflies in Sanskrit, but after a few minutes, I feel the energy around us shift, and people are really smiling now, and the woman singing the mantra walks up, still chanting, and hands me a piece to ring up for her.

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