Enjoy the Process
It was bliss.
But hands on recipes like this one can beg the question, why?
Why spend all that time hovering over a stove chopping and mincing when you can buy this stuff right out of a can?
Digging into juicy, overripe tomatoes with my bare hands settled my soul and led me to ponder why we do those things we love that don’t necessarily result in overtures of gratitude or a paycheck.
Take this blog for example.
Most of you reading this are either family members or kind friends (and thank goodness you are here!). Occasionally, you cheerfully remind us that our words are digested and the recipes are served at your tables. Those little nudges keep us going.
And as much as I like to cook, I like to write. It gives my deep thought somewhere to bubble over and all of my opinions a place to park. For reasons unknown, I have a lot to say. I like to think it’s because I embody old soul wisdom in a manic modern world
She’s probably right!
Though I also believe I’m a perpetual thinker with an active imagination who wonders about A LOT of things. Mulling over concepts in my mind creates a tsunami of paradigms I want to test through other’s reactions. I crave dialogue about huge and complex issues like sociology, poverty, the human condition.
You know who else craved that sort of fun?
And in reading his autobiography, I learned about the Junto.
Ben gathered up 12 of his best buddies and created a formal group for personal improvement specifically “on the subject of politics, morals and natural philosophy”. These debates were presided over and conducted with a “sincere spirit of inquiry after truth…”
I just love the idea of the Junto. Most of today’s discussions about politics, morals and natural philosophy usually result in disagreements, hard feelings and a complete shutdown of communication. I imagine the Junto to have been conducted with decorum and kind consideration no matter one’s position.
Writing is my personal Junto. A sacred space of deep thought, sincere inquiry and playful musing. It matters not who reads it, only that my thoughts have been given form and planted as seeds in this modern ether world where whoever stumbles on it may read and ponder it.
It is an expression of me in all flavors; pensive, excited, frustrated, funny.
It is an unending process of inquiry, assimilation and integration; an inner scaffolding to incremental personal growth.
Whether cooking or writing, the process is far more important than the outcome.
Although, when it comes to fresh ingredients and dessert, the outcome is pretty good too!
Light and Peace,
The Busy Buddha
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How does the process of doing something you enjoy affect you positively?