I follow a wonderful blog written by a fellow artist in the South. Lisa writes a blog called “Cheap Therapy.” I’m not sure how I “met” Lisa in the blogosphere, but I love her writing and her art work both. Some of her posters make me laugh out loud, like “Chocolate and duct tape, what more do you need?” or “Don’t worry about avoiding temptation as you get older, temptation will avoid you.”
Lisa is writing “An Experimental Year” this year, and each week she is trying on a new idea.
Lisa’s blog this week was on nourishing yourself which got me thinking about the word nourishment. The art of cooking, and eating and drinking wonderful things are never far from my chubby little heart, but beyond the physical how do I nourish myself?
I must say though, I have eaten things that I swear were spiritually nourishing: a meal at bed and breakfast in Burgundy with handmade cider and a cassoulet, pate made on a farm in France with a wine selected by the farm owner, my mother’s Mexican food,
the first cafe creme and croissant I had at a cafe table in Pamiers, France, barbecue at Jack Stack’s in Kansas City, and oysters toasted on my grill topped with a big glop of handmade pesto and an ice cold Italian white wine. I’m not even going to start down the list of wines that took me to a heavenly place because I’d be writing all day.
I definitely see a connection between how I nourish myself, stomach and spirit, and how I experience fantastic food. Hmmm…what’s the commonality? Being in the moment completely would be rule number one. I can sit in my garden with a cup of coffee and have 30 quiet minutes and if I am in the moment my spirit is rested, relaxed and joyful. When I make or eat fanatastic food, I am in the moment, knowing that something magic is happening right then, right there.
The hardest thing to learn for me was that in the middle of life’s craziness and demands I can take time for me. That would be rule number two. TAKE some time just for you. This is my life and as far as I know I won’t get more minutes to replace the ones I am using up. We all need to make quiet spots in our lives to refresh ourselves with the natural world.
That’s a component of fantastic food too. The time given to fresh food, the best ingredients prepared with care and eaten with joy and respect for the work of the chef. Taking the time to truly enjoy the meal, to linger and give the experience the time it deserves.
Its easy to not make time for ourselves in our busy lives, but if we don’t make the time we won’t ever learn the pay off of being quiet. Rule number three would be to learn to be quiet. Franz Kafka said this, one of my all time favorite things, “You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.”
It’s true, it’s hard to do and so worth it. As a painter who has to draw inspiration from somewhere inside I have to top up the tanks on a regular basis. In my life these three rules work together to nourish my spirit and my stomach. Synchronicity happens.
1. Be in the moment.
2. Take time for you.
3. Learn to be quiet and wait.
Last but not least, I have to say thanks for getting me thinking about my life and the concept of nourishment in a new light. I wound up being filled with gratitude and happiness for all the places I’ve been and the things I’ve both seen and eaten. Thanks Lisa!
The link to Lisa’s “Cheap Therapy” blog is in this entry, go visit, enjoy!