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Mindful and Soothing. Saturday July 19, 2014

I would like to invite you to pause for a moment, and imagine walking into a kitchen filled with the smell of freshly baked bread. Take a breath, and allow the smell to fill your nostrils with its warm richness. Perhaps it is a tin loaf, just turned out on a cooling rack, its crust split by the work of the yeast and the warmth of the oven.

Perhaps there is a pile of rolls, soft and golden, inviting you to pick one up and break it open, savouring the steaming aroma and taking a first bite of that taste of heaven!
There is, in my opinion, nothing like freshly baked bread, and if you have made it yourself, it's even better. The entire process of measuring, kneading, proving and kneading again is inherently mindful and soothing, its rhythm and pace relaxing and satisfying.

Often, when I am struggling, it can be a means of distraction from my thoughts, slowing me down and giving me an opportunity to gain a sense of achievement. When all seems hopeless, I contemplate the ingredients, and remind myself that despite their unpromising dryness, the simple ingredient of yeast will transform them into something that is life sustaining.

What are we waiting for? Let's get baking!

A Moodscope member.

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Anonymous Sat, Jul 19th 2014 @ 8:06am

Oh Vanessa, your descriptions of bread, cooking and eating are mouth watering. I love dough, sweet, sour and neutral. Today's weather is jungle-like, hot and humid. I'm afraid I couldn't bear to turn the oven on although the yeast would rise beautifully. Lovely for a cool winter day though, the smell, the warmth of bread cooking conjures up wonderful feelings of nostalgia and security. Thank you.

Misread Sat, Jul 19th 2014 @ 9:21am

Hi Vanessa, I know just what you mean about losing yourself in something. Baked bread is heaven but not something I do when unwell (although I make bread otherwise). What helps me is either playing Scrabble (If I can find a partner) or,even better, Soduko which I really lose myself in. I have to really concentrate but it seems to occupy my mind in a positive way.
Keep baking; trouble is if I bake I eat which does'nt help my rotundness!! Take care..

vanessa Sat, Jul 19th 2014 @ 2:06pm

Yes, its probably a bit too sticky today! But I'm glad it had good resonances for you at least. Maybe fruit smoothies are the way to go today! Love Vanessa

Vanessa Sat, Jul 19th 2014 @ 2:08pm

Anything that occupies us in a positive way is great, thank you for sharing your ideas! I dont have the right mind for Soduku, sadly, but I appreciate it sounds good for you! Love Vanessa

heather Sat, Jul 19th 2014 @ 6:42pm

I have always been very unsuccessful with bread making ! although I love fresh bread and your description of it. It is very hot and balmy so I think I will absorb myself dead heading and generally tidying up in the garden for a while. Thanks for the prompt. Love Heather x

Lex McKee Sat, Jul 19th 2014 @ 8:45pm

I know there is some nervousness in the community about anything even vaguely spiritual or religious, but I'll risk wrath and just point out that you are bang on the nail, Vanessa - there is something deeply meaningful about bread. If one of the most famous prayers of all time could make space for "Our Daily Bread" - surely there's more to bread than just nourishment. You captured my senses and transported me to your magic kitchen. May I add sundried tomatoes, black olives, and my cat purring on the hearth? Purrrrfect!

vanessa Sat, Jul 19th 2014 @ 10:31pm

Hi Lex. I think probably every culture in the world has sharing or breaking of bread in some way at the centre of community, as a symbol of connectedness. If I can add a cat friendly dog on the hearth, I'm more than happy to share the magic kitchen! Vanessa X

Vanessa Sat, Jul 19th 2014 @ 10:33pm

Hi Heather, I hope tidying the garden was refreshing and absorbing! vanessa x

Silvia A Sun, Jul 20th 2014 @ 4:33am

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