This weekend I could not find a particular cake pan (Bundt) required to make a chocolate almond Kugelhopf, that was sent to us from the Taste of France and the Cordon Bleu Institute in Paris. The recipe was intriguing because no flour is listed in the ingredients and very little sugar.
That led me to a copious search through all our kitchen cabinets and our storage cupboards in the garage...And that morphed into creating two large boxes to give to our local charity, and one big box of towels for the cat shelter. Our cabinets and storage have so much more space. It feels good to let go...
Ron and I have consistently practiced the state of a un-cluttered mind. It is akin to taking an inventory of or clutter. And when we feel our minds chatttering or verging on the state of overwhelm, we simply stop and take a break. We clean the space around us, go for a walk, or sit in the garden admiring the flowers.
In Thich Nhat Hahn's Plum Village, they ring the bell of mindfullness, every so often throughout the day. The idea is to stop action and take a moment in the here and now.
In Thich Nhat Hanh's words,
“Buddhism teaches that joy and happiness arise from letting go. Please sit down and take an inventory of your life. There are things you’ve been hanging on to that really are not useful and deprive you of your freedom. Find the courage to let them go.”
And I love the following two quotes:
“Happiness is available. Please help yourself to it.”
“You have an appointment with life, an appointment that is in the here and now.”
PS. We found the Bundt pan at the end of the day (pictured above)! I will be testing this recipe this afternoon.