Inspired by Alistair McIntosh’s post on Extinction Rebellion and Jem Bendell’s discussion of Deep Adaptation, I arose early this morning and prepared a nine pound winter squash for baking. It has been resting in our cellar since October (It is now January 22). Alistair speaks of XR as a ‘joyous call’, and that is what I felt this morning when I began working in the kitchen at about 4:30 a.m.
I love to rise early and work in the kitchen for an hour or two before breakfast. I usually light a candle, burn incense, and listen to Gregorian Chant at fairly low volume, as if the singers were in an adjacent space. One does not have to be Christian to appreciate Gregorian Chant. It is a balm for all. I have three volumes of chant. I also love to listen to Deva Premal’s Moola Mantra , or, on occasion, shakuhachi music.
This squash is baking as I write this. I’ve also put three Japanese sweet potatoes in the oven. We love Japanese sweet potatoes and eat them almost every day for lunch.
This is the day that has been given. Rejoice and be glad in it.