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Thankful This November

November 3, 2015 3 Comments

 

apples and pumpkin

apples and pumpkin

The month of November is a gateway to winter and festivities. In Tucson we have had a very mild warm fall season with generous amounts of rain. It is predicted to be an El Nino winter which will bring additional rain to the dessert.  Our desert is green and lush right now and the weather has been superb for a string of lovely outdoor parties and events.  We look forward to a neighborhood pot luck gathering this weekend to savor the place and the people where we live.  This is the season to be jolly outside in Arizona.  It is perfect for bike riding grilling or hiking.

At this time of year we switch wardrobes and perhaps change our activities.  I began a tradition of cleaning and clearing for the holiday season last year.  The big purge of wardrobe items was by far the best gift I gave myself because it keeps on giving in the form of a happy closet. This year I have fewer things to discard, but am taking a look at using and appreciating absolutely everything I own.  There is no reason to store and care for stuff that no longer is useful.  I also need to be aware of all the memberships and subscriptions I have that need to be  rationalized.  I need to evaluate to be sure I am not over cluttering my membership reality.  Like clothing in the closet, if subscriptions are crammed in and too crowded they will not be noticed or appreciated.

This Thanksgiving I want to feel grateful for my extreme good fortune without creating too much waste.  I want to prepare highly gourmet cuisine for the whole month that thrills, satisfies, and does not end up in the compost bin.  I have improved my food prep skills to avoid waste but can still step up my game. I still need to cut down on portion size for the two of us.  I believe that pulling off a month of healthy tasty meals we both enjoy will be a better use of my talents than making one big meal with too many leftovers.  We like to go to Govinda’s vegetarian buffet for the Thanksgiving meal because it is good and you can usually have a photo shoot with a live turkey on the patio.  That sets me free to find ways to make the rest of the month delicious. If you have any seasonal recipes you want to share, please send them this way.  I will be cooking up a storm, just not an excess.  Stay grateful, gentle reader.

blood oranges

blood oranges

squash and tomatoes

squash and tomatoes

 

The Importance of Being Grateful

July 9, 2013 9 Comments

Practice defines our reality. We spend our time and energy as if we had no control over them.  We learn what we study and we believe what favors our own superior position in the human crowd.  Nobody survives alone without help from others.  In history we chose the people who prepared our food and sewed our clothing carefully to make the most of the means at our disposal.  We used resources in the same way because they were scarce.  Most individuals were not lavished with great luxury, but if they were lucky they had liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Today we know nothing of the people who prepare our food like products or sew our disposable fashion.  We may have a vague feeling that everything we use was made in China, but that is usually the end of it. Many seek pleasure in acquisition of goods and services just to be piggy.  This general shift in responsibility is sad in a big karmic way because we have essentially eliminated the need for gratitude to those who serve our material needs.  We buy the workers and then discard them like the objects they make for us.

Gratefulness.org is an organization created to enhance gratefulness around the globe in every way.  The offers and courses are imaginative and very helpful.  One can study on line everything from gratitude poetry writing to living the hours like a monastic.  Given the international state of affairs I salute the Gratefulness organization for addressing the main problems right at the root.  If you have not visited these grateful folks and discovered what they are teaching, you are missing an opportunity to be guided to a more grateful state of mind.  Grace is gratitude, gentle reader; don’t leave home without it.

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