Bringing magic back into everyday life, even though for most people, it just looks like soup.
~Fia and Kye Skye
Years ago, when I was teaching for Natural Gourmet in NYC, one of my most popular and oft-repeated courses was Healthy Cooking for Busy People, where every meal plan started with soup. I also taught another popular series called “JUST SOUPS” (which actually sometimes included bread making.)
When I need to feel nourished, I make a VERY big pot of soup. (I grew up in my grandmother’s kitchen and we were such a large extended family that mostly her pots occupied more than one burner, so that was my frame of reference for how much soup to make.)
When I am feeling restless or uncertain about what to do, I make soup. Answers often arise as I tend to the pot and troubles are sometimes stirred away.
When I need to get grounded, I make soup.
When I need to send love and healing thoughts to someone, I bring homemade soup.
And, while struggling with my own family dealing with COVID all through December, dear friends dropped off containers of soups (or the fixins for soup) to sustain and love us through the ordeal.
Thoughts Worth Considering
Every culture around the world includes favorite soups in their food repertoire. Soup is often at the core/heart of family meals.
One of my favorite childhood books is Stone Soup, a story about a village where the inhabitants each contribute what little they have to a big cauldron of boiling water to feed the community.
Questions Worth Asking Ourselves:
- What are your childhood memories of being nourished by soup?
- Do you have a favorite recipe and with whom can you share it?
Actions Worth Taking:
- Is there someone in your world who could use a bowl of soup right now? Are you able to offer that to them in some way?
- Are you in need of soup/nourishment to feed your body and spirit right now? Whom might you ask to bring you the nourishment you need? ( I know. Asking is more difficult than giving. Ask anyway.)
Be willing to pause and enjoy soup time.
(You might even Facetime or Zoomtime with a friend and enjoy each other’s company along with your soups.)
Today is the perfect day to make soup.
Soup is the song of the hearth and the home.
~Louis Pullig De Gouy
Real soup is to the body what peace is to the soul.
sometimes all the chopping
and stirring and tasting and seasoning
so totally capture my attention
that the small worries of the day
float away with the steam rising
sometimes all the delicious aromas
that bubble up when making soup
bring such simple joy to my heart
that my eyes fill with happy tears and
my whole self overflows with contentment
time to slow down
and simply enjoy the delicious blend
of flavors in a good cup of soup
time to curl up on the couch
with my favorite bowl
and favored recipe and simply be
present to the gift
of these precious moments
when I allow myself
to slow to a pace of grace
and gratitude for each
and every loving spoonful
that fills my body
replenishes my spirit
and warms my soul
such is the satisfying magic
of Soup Time…ME TIME
Sacred Time Out of Time
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