'At the market, we pick through the fruits and vegetables and choose among cuts of fish and meat with an eye toward finding the best. But all foods bear the blessings of life... All things have a divine radiance. Put that radiance down on the grocery list and remember to look for it.'
The paragraph above comes from one of my favourite little 'bibles', Zen 24/7, which is subtitled all zen / all the time. The author reminds us that the enlightenment of zen is ours to discover 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 'The most mundane details of life contain zen's profound truths, if you're of the mind to look for them.' Sage advice, methinks, especially as we approach the craziest time of the year. On flowers, or blossoms, he writes 'The brevity of the bloom serves as a metaphor for our short time on this earth. We needn't dwell on that brevity though, all that matters is that the flower is in bloom. Like each and every one of us... stop, smell and smile.'
Dearest readers... I hope you've enjoyed this wordless post... I purposely left the captions off the images as I wanted this to be a pictorial post rather than a wordy one... a visual feast for the senses. Take a moment to study each photograph, and allow yourself to imagine the taste, aroma, texture or feeling that the item conveys. Enjoy it. That's all there is to zen.
On that note, I'm taking a short break to rest and recuperate. Please stay tuned to Good Things, as there'll be delicious guest posts coming soon from my lovely friends in food. And some exciting giveaways too! Ciao xox
Footnote: Each month, my friend Celia, who shares her recipes and cooking techniques at Fig, Jam and Lime Cordial, hosts 'In My Kitchen', where fellow cooks and bloggers from all around the world link up to share what's in their kitchens. Make sure you visit and say hello! Now, tell me, what's happening in your kitchen this month?
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