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A Labor of Love

This weekend I finally hosted a small group of wonderful friends for dinner.  I don’t often do this, so it was a bit out of routine for me.  Normally I cook for my family and it has a very specific intention – to make a simple, fast & healthy meal.  Well this weekend was different. I was left to the kitchen by myself as my husband entertained the kids all day.  And so I decided to be present with my cooking.  I put on some music, opened the windows, put away my phone, and started chopping & dicing.  A simple thing like coring & dicing roma tomatoes became a real labor of love.  I was completely immersed in the process, enjoying the beautiful vibrance of the tomatoes as I chopped; the union of colors & scents as I mixed in garlic, basil, olive oil & balsamic vinegar. I paused to enjoy the colors, the flavors, the aroma emanating from the kitchen.  In this way, it became a practice of yoga, a practice of creation, a practice of love.  I slowed down the process; I took it moment by moment, even enjoying something as mundane as cleaning the dishes along the way. It became this creative dance of colors, textures, scents & sounds all within a backdrop of love.  It was fun to venture into the kitchen with this spirit.  It brought the magic & sense of creation back to something that had become very ordinary & routine for me.  In the end, the food & company was enjoyed by all, but I especially appreciated the journey.

It’s nice to have an end to journey toward; but it’s the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ursula Leguin

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  1. mo #

    the food was fantastic! feel free to take this journey as often as you want! 🙂

    September 5, 2010

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