Monday Musings: The Bell of Mindfulness--The Courage to let Go!

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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.  

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
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Some of us have so much stuff that we should give away or through away. 

Good luck with the recipe....share a photograph of the results.

Dec 09, 2019 12:22 PM #25
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Roy Kelley
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I shared the recipe on my Facebook timeline and with Chef Dolores on Facebook.

Dec 09, 2019 12:26 PM #26
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Sharon Lee
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Alexandra-That is a gorgeous bundt pan.  Love the quotes.  Like uncluttering the physical things in our life and letting go the same goes for letting go of emotional clutter or baggage. Both are very freeing.  

Dec 09, 2019 12:31 PM #27
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Mimi Foster 

Debb has a beautiful bell on the deck of her home...I love it, and any bell will do.  A

Dec 09, 2019 12:33 PM #28
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Sheila Anderson Thank you for your kind words, these quotes are among many of our favorites.  Every time I read his work, I find new ones. A

Dec 09, 2019 12:36 PM #29
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Grant Schneider That quote is new to me, it made me laugh when I saw it, and I had to share it.  A

Dec 09, 2019 12:38 PM #30
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Li Read You will love have an uncluttered basement.  I can guarantee that.  A

Dec 09, 2019 12:39 PM #31
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Beth Atalay 

Thank you for your beautiful words and analysis. 

And that is where sitting meditation comes in.  It is a moment to come back to oneself and return to our essence.  And our essence is not about arguments, but to go that field beyond wrong doing and right. doing...A

Dec 09, 2019 12:40 PM #32
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Kathy Streib I am so delighted that he resonated with you.  And now I am going through my closet again, as we pack for a brief trip to the snow country...Stuff be gone, more to go, like Nina Hollander I hope I will be five pounds lighter!

Dec 09, 2019 12:44 PM #33
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Roy Kelley I have a few things to get done and then I will make the cake, and share a picture.  A

Dec 09, 2019 12:44 PM #34
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Sharon Lee I had a friend who once she discovered the sheer amount of baggage especially emotional that she had that she sold everything her house, her possession and divorced her rascal husband...She always smiled after that.  A

Dec 09, 2019 12:46 PM #35
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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With your knowledge, expertise, research, and resources, I'm sure the chocolate almond Kugelhopf (Bundt Cake) is going to taste scrumptious. Many, many years ago, I had a recipe for a flourless cake (can't find it anymore) but I do remember it was surprisingly delicious. 

Dec 09, 2019 01:35 PM #36
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP I am off to start making this.  I had a chocolate flourless recipe, and one made with hazelnuts and meringues that was awesome.  I always to do something sweet for our gluten free friends.  Thank you for your comment. A

Dec 09, 2019 02:11 PM #37
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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I am often amazed at how much more free I feel when I clear out cabinets and closets.  There is a power surrender and letting go.

Dec 09, 2019 06:38 PM #38
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Ron and Alexandra, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Dec 09, 2019 06:48 PM #39
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Alexandra I am not Buddhist and all I can tell you it is hard for me to let go of anything especially a grudge:))Endre

Dec 09, 2019 10:56 PM #40
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James Dray
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Morning Alexandra.

I clicked on the link, my goodness, that looks great.  So, was it as good as the photo provided?

Dec 10, 2019 02:13 AM #41
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Myrl Jeffcoat There is definitely a power surrender, and a feeling of joy, and thank you for the feature.  A

Dec 11, 2019 03:15 PM #42
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Endre Barath, Jr. We both the Buddhist philosophy along with many other ones we have studies.  We look at all religions like a buffet, and we pick and choose what makes our heart sings...From my perspective holding a grudge is like a weight on my soul and keeps me from enjoying all the moments before me...When we meet again, we can discuss these profound subjects over a glass of bubbly...I am sure you agree that in vino veritas?  A

Dec 11, 2019 03:18 PM #43
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James Dray Ron dubbed it the best flourless chocolate cake he has ever eaten, it took me a while to convert the measurements, but if your lovely wife wants to make it, I will be happy to pass along my tips.  A

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