Amanda at Soulemama recommended The Tassajara Bread Book , and we’ve been enjoying the three-layer cornbread and the whole wheat muffins with raspberry jam. i’ve also moved on to another book by the same author called Tomato Blessings and Radish Teachings: Recipes and Reflections. it mixes advice and stories about cooking with observation from the author’s experience with Zen. quite nice. these lines have been on my mind for a few days. please pardon my addenda.
in order to prepare meals or clean up after them.
they seemed to think that Zen [life] was happening somewhere else
and that the kitchen workers [mamas] were missing out.
i would remind myself what our teacher said,
that work [mothering] is also spiritual practice,
another opportunity to see into the nature of things.
i decided that i would prove it was true,
that i would work as though it was indeed spiritual work.
i didn’t know any better.