Warning … mushy stuff and random ranting ahead…
I’m a pretty contemplative person in general, but there are three times a year where my pensive mind goes into overdrive–Easter, my birthday, and New Years (yes, this means that you can expect a similar rant in a few months!). On my birthday, thoughts from my reflective mind translated into starting this blog. And as we approach New Years, it’s no surprise that my mind is entering that hyper-introspective space again…
A few days ago, instead of cooking with some Pandora station blaring in the background, I cooked in silence. It was just me, the food, and a tar heel blue sky with clouds like whipped cream. It was really serene and I thought to myself, “how lucky am I to get this much joy from doing something so ‘basic’.” Almost a week later, as a guest ‘chef’ with the teens at SEEDS–while navigating an unfamiliar kitchen, with volunteers coming in and out, with one teen who couldn’t control his tears after trying to cut an onion with a dull knife :), and another teen swearing that we had to add three times as much cheese to our dish if we had any hope of it tasting good :)–I was again flooded with gratitude.
I recently read that living in Dharma (living your life’s purpose) is like wearing a shoe that fits–it’s comfortable, easy, you don’t even know it’s there, because it is as it should be. But… when you’re not living your life’s purpose, it’s like wearing a shoe that doesn’t fit–each step is agony, pain radiates from your baby toe up your calf and into your consciousness, it’s all-consuming. Sharing and educating about food, food justice, and health, I realize more than ever is my Dharma. It’s addicting, it makes me feel good, it makes others feel good, and it spreads good into the Universe … what a great revelation to have!
Happy (Early) New Years!!!!
P.S…. I forgot to write down the recipes for the dishes we cooked at SEEDS last Saturday, but the menu consisted of:
*Lasagna with (Homemade) Spinach-Walnut Pesto and (Homemade) Red Sauce
*Bread with Roasted Garlic and…
*Mosaic Cookies …YUM!!!
The teens did a GREAT job in the kitchen and were in awe that you could make pesto from spinach! I’ll definitely make the lasagna again and will post the recipe when I do!