Surrender 84: The Energy of Simplicity

Today’s post is really a continuation of yesterday’s, a part two. It is about how this day felt open and humming with energy because of the preparations that I made yesterday. 

I prepared a week’s worth of meals last night, in barely two and a half hours, choosing to spend time in the kitchen so that I wouldn’t have to think about what I was going to eat the rest of the week or mindlessly grab fast food to consume. 

I loved the difference I noticed today. Knowing that I had simple healthy meal choices readily available freed me to focus on other projects. After drinking hot lemon water and celery juice in the morning, I didn’t eat lunch until mid-afternoon. I took a break and ate when I felt hungry and not according to the clock. 

The simplicity of the stir-fried chicken and vegetables with brown rice appealed to me. I was mindful. I took time to savor my meal, enjoying a cup of hot tea with my lunch. There was beauty found in the mix of colorful veggies in the red bowl, that nourished me at a soul level. 

This afternoon I dumped the Red Pepper Chicken mix into the slow cooker. As I worked in my studio I enjoyed the tantalizing aroma of my dinner cooking without my involvement. I felt a surge of creative energy that enabled me to accomplish what I had intended to today and also deal with “stuff” that was starting to accumulate in my studio. I also created a couple of small vignettes, using treasures that I’m bringing home from Arkansas. 

The chicken with red peppers was delicious, served with brown rice, black beans and avocado. I’ll definitely keep this slow cooker dump meal in my repertoire. 

A simple life is calling to me…simple pleasures, wholesome food, movement, creativity, alone time, exploring as I travel, gardening. It’s an ongoing journey. I’m excited to see where it leads.