Written by John Immel,
Every Recipe is a PilgrimageThe recipe begins when we listen for God's wish, a wish for the creation of life. Creativity is the sign of nature, and a quest for its fruits. Through prayer the wish is purified. In this way our daily bread becomes sacrament, bringing joyful life to the body, mind, and soul.
Know the journey of food into consciousness.We eat, and through the mystery of digestion it becomes our living blood. It becomes blood that feeds our body, nurturing our skin. Blood that feeds our heart, feeding our emotions. Balanced blood is the well-spring of poise and grace. Polluted blood creates a cloud of confusion. Emotions merge into behavior and then belief, infusing our soul. This is the journey of food to consciousness. Food is not separate from awareness. Through our choice we arrived at this table and have eaten. Choices from grace returning to grace. Food becoming us, becoming me.
Food is the bridgeFood, the bridge from Creation to body. We merge with God's nurturing, generous garden. The cook, transforms Eden into nourishment. Taking her storms, her rain, and her soil, he knows the ingredients that will balance the blood with the wind. Your health, reaffirming your love song with nature.
It communicates directly.Our cravings are often a whisper, and sometimes as loud as thunder. Your eyes know the food already. Clear the mind and listen. You can feel it in the navel. The gut. You can taste it on the tongue, the gateway to the body.
The chef holds a knife like a musician; fingers dance on the piano. The meal a ballet and opera, it sings. It's a note you hear singing, creating the harmony of Eden. The meal, a glimpse of truth. Every recipe a search for God.
Recipe is just a suggestionA recipe is not a formula but a genre to be explored. Each recipe communicates a style, an intention. What is the recipe trying to tell you? See its wish. What is your body telling you? A craving was behind the intention. Recipe is the implementation. Cook the craving. Together like pieces of a puzzle, recipe is the bridge between wish and fulfillment.
Cook in the moment.Foods ripen the moment we need them. What has arrived in your garden, already here? When wish meets them it becomes a recipe. Open the pantry, open your mind to possibilities. The recipe is not rigid; make it personal. Recreate with your imagination and materials at hand. Capture the moment in the garden that is now.
Experiment, substituteWhy was the ingredient chosen? See the forest from the tree, the qualities instead of the substance. We never have all ingredients on hand.
The ocean in a dropOne recipe is the door to many. Know one well. Bake it, then cook it as a soup. Who knows how many variations there are? Stay with it. In three days you will discover its mystery.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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