Randy and I moved into our new home last week and absolutely love it.
The light blue, two-level house on the edge of Old Town Fort Collins is beyond perfect.
We live in an actual neighborhood again…and have a real mailbox and real front porch. There’s a tree outside our kitchen window populated by chirping birds and an impossibly plump squirrel.
All this is tucked in an alley off the main street, making our world delightfully quiet and still. And yet, the library, river trail, local food co-op, and Old Town thoroughfare are a short walk away.
Oh, and I adore my new office.
My small desk made of repurposed wood faces a window into our backyard…and bookcases holding my most favorite books sit to the right.
A cherished copy of the Tao Te Ching rests on the widow ledge…and a Siamese cat or two is always in the wings.
Everything is wonderfully sparse and clear.
In my living space, work space and life, I prefer beautiful, nourishing, simple.
This makes me happy. It also brings me spaciousness and ease in body, mind, relationship, spiritual practice, work and home.
I’ve written before about how I approach food and eating the same way. And how eating an abundant, nourishing diet doesn’t have to be complicated.
Often, simple is better.
For us, this extends beyond what’s on our plates. It encompasses the ritual of eating too.
By “ritual” here, I’m again talking really simple.
Like sitting at my desk savoring morning coffee from a ceramic mug made by a local potter.
Like the conscious comfort of keeping a slow-cooker going in wintertime…and the shared delight of sipping its brothy, meaty, nourishing goodness out of ceramic bowls made by the same artist.
Like holding hands for a moment before dinner…and pausing to say, “I love you” before first bites.
These simple, mindful rituals make me tremendously happy…as does wintertime air and creating our new home.
Have any simple, daily rituals around food and eating of your own?
If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.
If not, I encourage you to play around a bit this next while.
Choose a time when you regularly eat a meal (or have coffee or tea), and try weaving ritual into the experience.
Three conscious breaths.
A silent or spoken prayer or mantra.
An expression of gratitude for your food, and how it nourishes you.
These are just examples, and your ritual can take infinite forms. But make it something simple—something easy.
Repeat it for an entire week.
See what arises.
Notice whether slowing down, finding simplicity, and pausing for ritual makes you feel at Home.
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