Your Kitchen

 

Your Kitchen

 

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Your kitchen is a holy place. Don't make it your prison.

Your kitchen is the laboratory of your love, the hub of your family and those who cherish you. It is a place where you can break the rules with food and fancy.

Your kitchen is the gathering place where you and your children can co-create food-of-love. A place where your family and friends can watch love cooking, boiling, blending and being served. Your kitchen is the most powerful room in the house because it is the room that symbolizes the deepest meanings of your life.

Refresh yourself before entering your kitchen. Your time there is a time for your creative-self expression to be completely in charge.

From: Kiss Your Life... 365 Reasons to Love Who You Are

Reason: 75  Page: 93

By: Ann Mody Lewis Ph.D.

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Commentary:

Your kitchen can be a den of creative love or trap of domestic responsibility; but in either case, the kitchen in every home is a conclave of communication. We gather to eat, drink, debate, and gossip about every topic under the sun!

The kitchen is usually the most expensive room in every home. A certificate of occupancy is never issued until the kitchen is completed and functional. What gives the kitchen this history of family fame?

Food becomes famous in our kitchen, whether we like to cook or not. If we don't cook it, we buy it.

Food brings us together like nothing else...even surpassing sex, I believe!

In the kitchen we nurture by:
+making someone's favorite pie
+bake bread to break
+pack a lunch to take
+or gather to share our latest heartbreak.

This hub of domestic construction has a special place in our psyche of affection. It's the place where we learn how love worked in our family. The place we intuitive felt our parent's affection or lack of it. It’s hard to imagine any other room having more impact on our psychological life than the kitchen; and, for that reason, we set a month aside to honor this sacred place.

I hope you are willing to remember and share the kitchen of your childhood and the kitchen of your adulthood. We come alive as we remember the fullness of our lives, and no other place can make us do that than our kitchen! For some this will be a fun discussion and maybe painful for others.

Topics will include: Remembering the kitchen of our childhood. How is that connected to our feelings about food? Were there rules for your childhood kitchen or was it a free place of self-discovery? How did your mother feel about her kitchen? How does kitchen life create family life?

Let's have some fun-talk about our kitchen!

Ann


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    On this day
    Let us bow our heads to pray.
    For the eternal rest of those who went
    away without a loved one to hold their hand that day.
    And for doctors, nurses and aides, covered in plastic,
    struggling on the front lines of this pandemic,
    to preserving life against all odds.
    As you eat your meal, stop to think of those who can only
    ‘dream a feast’ today.
    Remember the food from the earth was harvested by
    a humble heart, wishing they were able to sit at
    America’s Table from the start.
    In abundance we can be grateful only if we remember
    the poverty of our own lives
    grounding us enough to know
    Thanksgiving is a Spiritual Day…..reminding us to always Pray!

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    The Kitchen is the place that hosts our food rituals!

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    You
    may find this difficult to believe but the Bread that became HIS body
    and Wine that became HIS blood was prepared in someone’s Kitchen.

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    The healthiest place to enjoy food is in your own Kitchen!

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    In your Kitchen the meaning of family life is ritualized!

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    Because the kitchen is a room to celebrate our abundance this season may bring tears to your eyes

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    The Kitchen is the birthplace of your relationship with food.

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    Cooking requires that we be fully present. This one of its greatest teachings.” (from Taste of Heaven and Earth)

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    We comfort ourselves in our Kitchen (make no rules…promote no shame) just be happy!

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    My
    mother cooked elaborate meals in the humblest Kitchen you can imagine!
    Her desire to nurture, honor and love her family (anyone who walked the
    door) was deep in her soul.

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    We can teach kindness in our Kitchen by…
    +respecting food
    +enjoying food preparation
    +letting food bring us together
    +being grateful to earth for the food it provides.

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    Our Kitchen can be simple or elaborate but without a nurturing heart its meaningless.

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    Your Kitchen is a place to remember that ‘like is good!’

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    Love becomes believable in your Kitchen!

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    Parents, don’t overlook the power of your Kitchen to teach your children the most powerful lessons about life!

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    In our Kitchen we give comfort, heal sadness and celebrate our belonging!

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    President Joe Biden can heal America because he has a lifetime of healing himself!

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    Food we prepare in our Kitchens help remember what we mean to each other.

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    In our Kitchen we can share food, thoughts and feelings about being American…let’s do it!

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    For many weeks my messages have been political because I felt the urgency of this election. I thank all for your generous contributions to the discussions. What you think and feel matters!
    America is a nation where opinions, not matter how diverse, can co-exist That’s what we must always fight to preserve. No man or woman can threatened this freedom no matter how privileged they pretend to be.
    And now, we divert our November discussion to a place of comfort and satisfaction…OUR KITCHEN! No matter where we live our KITCHEN is a room of unity.
    So let’s talk! ann