Quiet+ Nourishment = Quiet Nourishment
“Quiet is a place. It is where I go to come back to myself. It is a place to remember that I have what I need, inside of me. I can take care of myself, inspire myself, elevate myself. It is a power from within, not from without.”
The name came to me when I was visiting New York City.
It was Sunday, and I was in the Barnes and Noble of Union Square, the location of one of the biggest subway terminals in the city, just a few weeks before Christmas. Two blocks away was a holiday market, where hundreds of vendors sell knick- knacks to thousands of shoppers. Everywhere was madness.
I wanted to sit and read in Barnes in Noble. Actually, I wanted to leaf through their extensive (and exciting!) cookbook collection. But I felt anger rise in me the moment I had to go to the bathroom, and the line was out the door for the women’s room, with no line for the men’s room. I was hungry, and wished I was home to prepare a snack. All I had on me were some almonds. And I had to pee.
I left the bookstore as quickly as I could, after waiting out the bathroom line and controlling my impulse to form a women’s peeing union and fight for more stalls. Where could I find quiet, and possibly also a hot chocolate? J
I found a place to sit, hardly a quiet one, in an Italian café. I paid five dollars and change for an 8-ounce, (delicious, but too pricey!), hot chocolate. I breathed, put in my headphones, turned on the classical music, and tuned out the noise. Quiet.
I can get quiet pretty easily where I live, in northern Massachusetts. But in New York City, it is hard. to. find. And actually, it is difficult to remember the importance of quiet, and of nourishment, two things that can be free or inexpensive, and that you don’t need to purchase from anyone else. In New York, I often feel like whatever I need, physically or emotionally, can be bought. If I only have all these cookbooks, I think, then I will be successful. If I could eat at that restaurant, I think, then I will be sophisticated and inspired.
Quiet is a place. It is where I go to come back to myself. It is a place to remember that I have what I need, inside of me. I can take care of myself, inspire myself, elevate myself. It is a power from within, not from without.
Sitting in the café, watching the busy-ness, I imagined that many people in many places could use some quiet, and some nourishment. Sometimes, we don’t even realize we need it, but that may be when we need it the most.
Nourishment is to feed as well as to vitalize.
Vital: full of energy; lively; the fullest version of yourself.
Nourishing food is food prepared to create wellness.
The well need nourishment to stay well, just as much as much as the sick need nourishment to heal.
My goal is to encourage cooking, with the intention of wellness.
Cooking is a form of self-care, self-love, and love and care for those you cook for.
❤ Gaby Redner