The essence of all beings is the earth.
The essence of the earth is water.
The essence of water is the plant.
The essence of the plant is man.
With that in mind, as I meditated OM, I realized that in this short time, just 21 days, I have found my essence. I have:
- altered my outlook on how I view my body, my mind, and my spirit- I now literally take for granted the cliches "you are what you eat" and "your body is your temple"
- graciously accepted the support of kind strangers who have outreached to me, many without provocation, in ways not thought possible
- felt blessed with recipes and food choices that have come in abundance
- the ability and am ready to proceed, realizing that it is not as hard as it seems
- been grateful for the opportunity to expand my horizons
- stopped beating myself up for setbacks and accept them as a "moment to learn"
Just Like Grandmother Used to Make
On the farm in the 1930's, my mother told us that her family didn't have a refrigerator or freezer to store and keep their food. After the harvest came "canning time". The women would gather the vegetables, put them in jars with air tight lids and place the jars in a huge pot covered with water to cook/boil the veggies (in jar) and to "seal" the lid. After the jars cooled, they could be stored for months, perhaps even years in a dark, cool place. Mom said that the fruits and vegetables would taste great and as fresh as first picked. They made wonderful meals from the foods they had "canned". As a child, I remember eating my grandmother's "stewed tomatoes" and how the cobbler made with those homemade canned sweet peaches melted in your mouth. Inspired, I spent the rest of day 21 experimenting with one of my grandmother's recipes:
|Back to Basics: Grandmother's Stewed tomatoes over Hominy|
- Stewed tomatoes, green peas, & corn, over ground hominy (grits)
In the weeks to come, as the winter creeps in, I'll honor the memory of my mother and grandmother by recreating some of their recipes which compliment a vegan palate.
When you reflect, you also renew, revive, and rejuvenate. Reflection always places you right where you need to be at a particular place and time. Sometimes, it takes you in a new direction where you are inspired to create amazing new things. Other times, it reminds you where you came from, grounds you, and takes you back to basics.