So little by little, I've been adding things to my altar to beautify it. I figure if I'm going to sit there for a time, it should be some place that's beautiful.
So, it's nice now. I can't say it's really all tied in, i.e. has a theme, but I like it. I feel comfortable there. I purchased the "fruit" today. It's artificial but it's massively hot right now and real fruit was ripening too quickly. The bowl was one we've had around for a while that really had no use so I'm happy it's got one now. Everything else (including my fabulous ottoman) was purchased at the thrift store (including my butsudan). So all the pieces caught my eye in some way.
I wish I could spend more time at my altar but there are lots of distractions in my life right now. Sometimes I feel like if I did spent more time there, I would be more centered and have a bit more clarity about what would make me happy, content and fulfilled and what it is I should really be doing with my life. Maybe. Maybe not.