I Love My Life.
Following my Sunday morning activities, I decided to go outside in the back yard, and do my yoga on the grass, in the bright sun, under the Colorado Blue Sky (I SO LOVE that BLUE!… it really should have it’s own name of that color of blue!) It felt so good to stretch, and to feel the warm sun on my body.
Being hungry (and feeling awesome) when I came in, I looked in the fridge to see what I could feast my healthy, gorgeous body on and came up with a salmon cream cheese and dill omelet, with a quinoa/ spinach and veggie pilaf on the side. It was a gourmet brunch so delicious and nutritious, I don’t think anything else available in Denver could have topped it. I’m feeling exquisitely nourished and content in “this now moment”.
Part of feeling so good about what I ate was my experiences through the week with elements of my meal, and their path to my fridge, to come into in their “ready to create a culinary masterpiece” form. I feel such gratitude about where my food comes from.
The eggs come from Amish and Mennonite farms, which reminds me of where I grew up in Pennsylvania, and I know the hens are well cared for by families with good hearts, who consider the animals in their care as “part of God’s creation”.
And I love making up some things to “have on hand” for when I feel inspired to create. Like cooking quinoa to just have in the fridge to pull out when needed, and the kale and carrots that I steamed a few days back.
Then there are the more “special things” I like to get or stir up… like the peach smoked salmon, that is locally made, and SO tasty, I only need a little of it to make something really yummy. I found some of that earlier in the week, at Whole Foods, and brought it home to mix up with another one of my “specialty items”. I happen to live right down the street from a specialty store that sells Chicago meats and Polish SHEEP MILK cream cheese! So I mixed the salmon with the cream cheese, some capers and dill weed, thinking it would be great for a spread on crackers with purple onions.
But earlier this week, I came upon a REAL FIND! I passed by a garden where I had gotten veggies last year, and it had been a CSA neighborhood garden. This year, I found it was fallow and abandoned. I got out and walked among the former rows that had yielded copious amounts of fresh greens and vegetables, herbs and flowers the years before. At first I was sad that no one was gardening there this year, and it was becoming overgrown with thistles. Then I noticed that there was a whole long row of spinach that was starting to bolt, and no one was doing anything with it! In another couple days it would be completely too far gone. So I considered it a providential find, and harvested some lovely high-vibe, local spinach, that it would not go completely wasted.
When I finished putting some of the spinach in the freezer for another meal, I kept some out and mixed it with the quinoa/kale and veggie mixture I had made a few days ago, making it rich with greens and savory seasonings.
To make my omelet, I mixed a little hemp milk with the eggs, to give it a velvety texture, and laid a layer of the salmon cream cheese spread in the middle. I cook my eggs very slowly, (so they don’t get brown edges which makes them hard to digest), just enough to stiffen them up and to melt the cheesy mixture in the middle. The result is a mouth-watering culinary masterpiece, that is “out of this world delicious”.
As I reflected on my sense of contentment after my meal, I realized how many things had combined in my present state to support that sense of contentment. It was not the meal all by itself. It was laid in on my yoga in the sun under blue sky, feeling good again in my body after many weeks of travel, physical injury and other challenges that had disrupted my yoga flow, and now I’m back in my flow. It was the many places I had gone in the week, to bring together my food, some of which I harvested as a gift from the earth. The gratitude I feel for where I live. The space I gave myself today, to not “be busy”, but to savor what is present in the moment. The connection I feel with the Presence of the Divine within my being. My Sacred Union Within. Being ONE with my essence. In this inner space, I Love My Life! I love who I AM.
© 2016 Shondra ~ Rose of Light