Monday, January 4, 2010
Opening the Mind...Not Too Much, Though.
Lentil Soup for good luck in the new year. It was a tradition in my family for years, and being that I saw it on the sidewalk chalkboard menus outside a few Irish pubs on New Year's day I assume it's a rather common tradition.
I had some exceptional Lentil soup and falafel and veggie wrap at a place on 5th and 14th called East West Living. It is a book store and a cafe. Apparently, it is New York’s largest source for spiritual, holistic health and metaphysical books and supplies...with an emphasis on a balanced lifestyle of body, mind and spirit awareness. OK, for me going into a place like this is like going to Never Never Land.
It is not my thing, but, but, whereas I would once scoff at a touchy-feely place like this I am now more open minded. I am not going to read any of their books, but I'm not going to make fun of them either. In fact, I was given a tiny calendar once with Buddhist, and zen quotes, and alot of it is simple common sense.
This veganism is not going to make me more spiritual - the 7:30 at St. Ignatius Loyola does that - but I am a bit more interested in holistic health now. A bit.
It really helps to think of your body as something to nourish instead of something to please.
But, fear not, I am not Peter Pan in this crazy adventure, I am more like Indiana Jones cautiously, but curiously investigating a new lifestyle.