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Love all, serve all, including delicious vegetarian fare!
By Mary Rives
Wednesday, December 07, 2005

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I am a gourmet vegetarian chef who cooks (at home) for the art of it, the love of it, and for that inevitable, joyful moment when someone makes vocal sounds of ecstatic delight when that first lovin' spoonful hits their tastebuds. I love to feed people I love, and to love people I feed, and to feed those i don't yet know or love with thoughts of loving kindness and whatever generosity i can bestow upon them.

I am also a mother, wife, humanitarian, and under-employed professional. I substitute teach while my husband works hard to pay more than the lion's share of the bills. We take turns, but my turn has been extended and i sheepishly admit to loving my present--yet possibly unsustainable--lifestyle. I am a self-help, Bikram yoga, and email addict who strives to practice non-violent communication and unconditional positive regard for all, but I can also sometimes be an asshole. (Thankfully, the latter consists of few fleeting moments that I end up playing with in my own form of inner character development, aka, self humor) I am a potential workshop leader, healer, actor, and published writer in the midst of mid-life, perimenopausal career transition.



What remains unchanged is that my life is one of Karma Yoga---being of service. Writing is one of the many ways I deeply hope and intend--coupled with committed action--to be of service to humanity and make some positive differences 'round this troubled planet.



Care for a little related testimony, anyone?! After all, this does suggest background, and since i plucked something juicy for the soul in my moment of word option paralysis by quoting Ram Dass, I invite you to join me as i share its origin. In doing so, you will get a taste of how words on a page, even their mere presence, undigested, can have on a person in extreme mind states and life circumstances. Ram Dass doesn't know it--or me--but his books may have saved my life.(Your writing may be doing the same thing at this very moment)



After too much sex, drugs and rock and roll as young teenage woman, I somehow stumbled upon the book, Be Here Now, by Baba Ram Dass. I had my head, spirit and young mind fed by the wisdom and grace of Ram Dass (and the wisdom imparted to him by his teachers). Thank God for the accompanyment of that purple book as it was my loyal companion through many psychiatric institutionalizations, for i was one of the rebels, 'the creatives' or 'sensitives' that got caught and promptly tossed out of society, drugged (abused by psychiatrists and their medications), labeled with diagnosis even the professionals could not keep up with, and finally, deemed a hopeless mental case forever. (Tis a happy ending, so feel free to chuckle along with me):)



With "Be Here Now" and "Grist for the Mill" in tow, even though I often could not read due to thorazine induced eye blurriness, just having these books at hand provided my map to another way, a way out, and a way inside myself without all the bullshit psychiatry was forcing upon my fragile mind and often rebellious spirit. Kahlil Gibran entered into the picture too and joined ranks with my post modern bibles, my tickets to future sanity, my escape from madness. I completed my own, "Girl Interrupted" at age 20 and have since been journeying on my own ecclectic spiritual path without any of the trappings of psychiatry, gurus, ashrams, temples or churches.



So, dear reader, having been through the ol' school of hard knocks that included tBack to the theme now, I am a gourmet vegetarian chef who cooks (at home) for the art of it, the love of it, and for that inevitable, joyful moment when someone makes vocal sounds of ecstatic delight when that first lovin' spoonful hits their tastebuds. I love to feed people I love, and to love people I feed, and to feed those i don't yet know or love with thoughts of loving kindness and whatever generosity i can bestow upon them. I am also a mother, wife, humanitarian, and unemployed professional. I substitute teach while my husband works hard to pay more than the lion's share of the bills. We take turns, but my turn has been extended and i sheepishly admit to loving my present--yet possibly unsustainable--lifestyle. I am a self-help, Bikram yoga, and email addict who strives to practice non-violent communication and unconditional positive regard for all, but I can also sometimes be an asshole. (Thankfully, the latter consists of few fleeting moments that I end up playing with in my own form of inner character development, aka, self humor) I am a potential workshop leader, healer, actor, and published writer in the midst of mid-life, perimenopausal career transition.



What remains unchanged is that my life is one of Karma Yoga---being of service. Writing is one of the many ways I deeply hope and intend--coupled with committed action--to be of service to humanity and make some positive differences 'round this troubled planet.



Care for a little related testimony, anyone?! After all, this does suggest background, and since i plucked something juicy for the soul in my moment of word option paralysis by quoting Ram Dass, I invite you to join me as i share its origin. In doing so, you will get a taste of how words on a page, even their mere presence, undigested, can have on a person in extreme mind states and life circumstances. Ram Dass doesn't know it--or me--but his books may have saved my life.(Your writing may be doing the same thing at this very moment)



After too much sex, drugs and rock and roll as young teenage woman, I somehow stumbled upon the book, Be Here Now, by Baba Ram Dass. I had my head, spirit and young mind fed by the wisdom and grace of Ram Dass (and the wisdom imparted to him by his teachers). Thank God for the accompanyment of that purple book as it was my loyal companion through many psychiatric institutionalizations, for i was one of the rebels, 'the creatives' or 'sensitives' that got caught and promptly tossed out of society, drugged (abused by psychiatrists and their medications), labeled with diagnosis even the professionals could not keep up with, and finally, deemed a hopeless mental case forever. (Tis a happy ending, so feel free to chuckle along with me):)



With "Be Here Now" and "Grist for the Mill" in tow, even though I often could not read due to thorazine induced eye blurriness, just having these books at hand provided my map to another way, a way out, and a way inside myself without all the bullshit psychiatry was forcing upon my fragile mind and often rebellious spirit. Kahlil Gibran entered into the picture too and joined ranks with my post modern bibles, my tickets to future sanity, my escape from madness. I completed my own, "Girl Interrupted" at age 20 and have since been journeying on my own ecclectic spiritual path without any of the trappings of psychiatry, gurus, ashrams, temples or churches.



So, dear reader, having been through the ol' school of hard knocks that included the traumas of loss, rapes, suicides, murders, diseases, oppressive and unstable army upbringing, the punishments of rebelliousness (the worst of which was exile and the subsequent isolation of stigmatization), I decided to write a memoir, just to cheer folks up. Hehehe! Rather, to model how it is possible to move beyond survival from great tragedies toward a new path of rich meaning and deep, joy-filled living. he traumas of loss, rapes, suicides, murders, diseases, oppressive and unstable army upbringing, the punishments of rebelliousness (the worst of which was exile and the subsequent isolation of stigmatization), I decided to write a memoir, just to cheer folks up. Hehehe! Rather, to model how it is possible to move beyond survival from great tragedies toward a new path of rich meaning and deep, joy-filled living.


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