Last night I had one of the best nights I've had in a very long time. My husband and I had friends over who we haven't seen for several months. I had a full day of work and wasn't quite sure how it would all come together. Deeper inside me, I silently committed to focus on the excitement of seeing my friends rather than all I had to do before they arrived. Our home was holiday messy and at the same time perfect as long as I saw it that way. Thanks to the support of my husband, all I needed to prepare dinner was ready to meet me inside of the fridge.
Excitement opened within me as I considered the menu and what would nourish us as we reconnected. Earlier, before work I looked up some recipes but couldn't come up with something that felt right. That is the case most of the time as my cooking always has a creative and passionate flair for combining textures, flavors, and colors. I'm no chef! However, you would never know it when I'm in cooking mode. One of the things that relaxes me and supports my peace is creating beautiful and nourishing food.
It was the first cold night of the season and I was filled with a sense of excitement as my husband lit the fire and committed to it's care. I put on the music and began my creative cooking venture in the kitchen. Everything prepared, kitchen cleaned up, table set, candles lit, we sat to enjoy a glass of wine and gaze at the fire before our friends arrived.
I reflected on the beauty of fire, received it's warmth, and experienced the transformative qualities of the blaze before me. Into the fire I released the stress of the holidays, the pain I carry for others who suffer struggling to find peace in the midst of pain, and the sadness I prayerfully carry for all those around the world who live with war each day of their lives. The sparks flare as light fills me...the pain lifts...and prayers unfold within me to shower peace within the hearts of all...dear G-d I wish it was that easy...however, the experience reshaped all heaviness into hope.
Our friends arrived, hugs all around. After some time catching up in front of the fire, we held hands to say grace before our meal. I could feel the energy running through us as we gave thanks for beauty of the meal, for each other, our children and grandchildren, parents and furry friends, prayers for filled bellies in those who are hungry, and peace throughout our world. The meal was delicious, and music mutually enjoyed. However the healing nature of friendship, food, and fire filled me with a sense of peace that called me to share it's essence with all of you.
Many Blessings of Peace during the holidays...find what nourishes you, and do as much as you can of it each and every day. ~ Caron