Daily Archives: July 25, 2011

How Do You Nourish Yourself?

This little found Italian statue stands in the bird bath, it makes me happy to see it when I'm sitting quietly in the garden.

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.

https://fromcheaptherapy.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/week-30-in-an-experimental-year/

Beautiful fresh food like this beautiful fresh bruschetta with mozzarella nourishes both spirit and my body.

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,

France, and the most memorable meal of my life. I think Sherry and I were in tears by the time we finished four hours after we started. Everyone should have a meal like this at least once.

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.

That's Barbie, she went all over France with me and she has her own travel blog. This is a picture of my first cup of coffee in France in the market town of Pamiers. I got to sit here and just exist for three glorious hours.

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.

I think my wonderful chair surrounded by the garden is a great place to nourish my spirit.

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.

I try to take time every day, to be in the moment completely. It heals my spirit and my heart and makes me a nicer person, ask my husband, LOL.

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!