The Perfect Recipe 11/20/10
There contains many ingredients.
Some are tasteless, odorless, and colorless.
Some are robust, full of flavor, savory and sweet.
On their own, they are strong, but together, they are powerful.
Bake, blanche, broil, boil, roast, simmer or stew.
Put it all together and the result is…bliss, memory, gratitude, yummmmm!
Preheat the oven at 100 degrees.
Place people from all races, times, ages and attitudes evenly on a PVC floor.
You get where I’m going?
Cookies are brown sugar but they’re also baking soda. Butter but also oil. None are good enough on their own without the other. Add some chocolate chips or an intention and you’ve got yourself a desert. You’ve got yourself a practice.
What’s your recipe today? As we near the end of the year and the season of gratitude and giving what do you want and what do you give?
Take it all in and take care.
Today’s collective intention is gratitude. Measure your ingredients and postures carefully and allow yourself the room for a smidge of this and a pinch of that. Maybe a spice. Maybe a sprig. Use the recipe of this practice as a guideline to find the freedom to add what you want for flavor. 86,400 seconds in a day to be grateful. Here’s 90 minutes to move into stillness to find it.
Gratitude makes sense of our past. It solidifies peace and enough for today. It creates a vision of all possibility for tomorrow.
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. – Thornton Wilder
Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did. – Sarah Caldwell
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. – William Arthur Ward
When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears. –Anthony Robbins
Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving. – Kahlil Gibran
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. –JFK
Gratitude is a duty, which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect. –Jean-Jacques Rousseau
If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get. – Frank A. Clark
If you count all your assets, you will always show a profit. – Robert Quinlan
Praise the bridge that carried you over. – George Coleman
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude. – Denis Waitley
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. – Cicero
Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity. It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all. – William Faulkner
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are charming gardeners who make our soul’s blossom. – Marcel Proust
Saying thank you is more than good manners. It is good spirituality. – Alfred Painter
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. – Albert Schweitzer
There are only two ways to live your life. One is though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. –Albert Einstein
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings; turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. – William Arthur Ward
Find the good and praise it. – Alex Haley
You’ve followed the rules. So, open the oven, close your eyes. Do you smile? Does it smell good enough to eat? If so, it is ready. –My mom
PS – Use oven mits
PPS- don’t worry about the blackened edges, it makes good roughage.
**Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” — Buddha
**For each new morning with it’s light. For rest and shelter of the night. For health and food, for love and friends. For everything thy goodness sends. –Ralph Waldo Emerson