were talking about moods. Indeed with the unpredictability of life, the
overload of “priorities”, the exhaustion, I have found it challenging to find
the time and focus for the self-care required to feel level and in harmony with
myself. In short, I get moody. I feel
up, I feel down, the sea inside seems to constantly be rocking the boat, and I
often long for more smooth sailing.
where I am (mostly) able to leave the moodiness at the door, and be at peace,
for the duration of a meal: our table.
occurred to me that our meals are a kind of peaceful garden we enter two or
three times a day. Away from the chaos of the world and modern lives, as we sit
down together, we open a thick wooden gate and step into a haven, an oasis, a lovely
garden, made only for our enjoyment of each other, of ourselves, of the senses,
of the present moment. In this sense,
our meals nourish much more than our bodies. There’s definitely something of a sacred
ritual about it.
garden in our lives. It sure helps to know I always come back to it, no matter
what storms I’m facing elsewhere. When all is said and done, these will be the
moments I value the most.
in particular, who do not just want their family to “eat healthy”, but are
seeking something more profound than that, something they often sense or perceive in the French or
European food culture. A positive association to food, a way of life even. And
I think what they want is that vision of the family meal.
between family members, a common family vision
and understanding of the meal as a special place and time.
Real life gets in the way, and depending on their relationship to food growing
up, some might view the meal as something to get over with, an obligation of
sorts, a waste of time even.
and share a vision of the meal as something different, as something more than just eating, as that – and get
ready for some MAJOR corniness here and a potential spike in blood sugar 😉
– “magical garden of togetherness” (I am
laughing as I write this, it sounds so corny!! I couldn’t resist!)
for your family, what I’m saying is: meals are an opportunity for connection,
and those can be hard to come by in our busy lives. If everyone in the family starts
to think of meals as such, you may just… have yourself a garden.