Friday, November 4, 2011

The Aroma of Peace

Today is BlogBlast for Peace. Bloggers everywhere are sending out peace globes such as this one and blogging their thoughts on peace.

Words can be so very healing. I think food and aromas heal in a deeper way as they are capable of triggering intense primal emotions and memories.

We all have foods we think of as comfort foods - foods that feed more than just our bellies and fill us with more than just a list of nutrition facts.

Aromas also trigger emotional memories. The best aromas churn up memories of quiet, peaceful, or beautiful times. Right now, my fingers hold the pungent aroma of fresh picked basil and parsley. With each sniff I am reminded of times in the garden - planting, watering, and selecting parts of my dinner from the plants that survive my often lackadaisical care.

I have the aroma of peace in the tips of my fingers.

Peace and Pappardelle

Any day that promotes peace should include a peaceful offering at the table. On this most excellent day, when bloggers world wide are writing BlogBlasts for Peace, it struck me that if the entire world could sit down together and enjoy a purposefully mindful and peaceful meal, world peace could be achieved in one evening. Mindful and peacefully prepared, served, and consumed food is a balm for mind and soul, so today, I will prepare Peace and Pappardelle. Please join me and serve a peace-filled meal tonight.