The Present Moment

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We returned from our Panama trip on Sunday. After a week full of misadventures, including the theft of my beloved and all-important laptop, I couldn’t wait to get home. I’ve changed all of my passwords, ordered a new computer, and tried to stop thinking about all of my photos and documents in someone else’s hands. It’s so egotistical to think someone would even want to look at my photos and home movies, read my budgeting spreadsheets, or check out my files. I know that is not happening… my entire computer has propably been wiped clean to be sold on the black-market, but I am still creeped out, and kind of bummed out. I’ve even been crying. Grief over a computer – it just doesn’t seem right.

Buddha says “Do not dwell in the past. Do not dream of the future. Concentrate on the present moment.” For me, the best way to get into the present moment is to get into the kitchen. Cooking is grounding, meditative, and relaxing. It provides nearly instant gratification and a sense of creativity. The kitchen is definitely my happy place. I find that cooking completely clears my head and keeps me right where I should be – here!

I had planned to post an amazing recipe for orange-marinated asparagus today, but my pictures and notes are gone – for now. I’ll remake the recipe this week and be sure to get it posted before Easter. In the meantime, I decided to make a batch of Asian Lettuce Cups for a little kitchen therapy. An hour in the kitchen really did make me feel better.

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