Notice to Readers: Taking a Hiatus
Photo by Roger Winstead
Have you ever felt so off kilter that you had to put your foot on the brake to stop the world from spinning so fast? I’m in the middle of just this kind of experience, making a conscious effort to SLOW down and unwind from my habitual hectic pace.
As I begin my period of unwinding, I want to check in with loyal fans and new readers to explain why I won’t be generating new content for Sacred & Delicious for the next… let’s say several months. I feel that I need to take a hiatus.
My mother died recently, and the years leading up to her death were challenging for me, as well as for her. Mom had profound dementia along with numerous other health conditions that demanded medical attention and required my support for more than a decade.
Of course, my situation is commonplace. Millions of others around the globe help loved ones as they age. I was devoted to supporting my mother so that she could enjoy life to the fullest as long as possible. And she did! She loved life with a passion and held on until the age of ninety-three, despite all her tsuris. After years of dementia-induced agitation, she died peacefully on April 13, 2020.
Now, I’m tired. Fortunately, I have the luxury and my husband’s blessing to take a pause. After taking another month to finish sorting and placing Mom’s belongings, I dream of puttering in the garden… reading a stack of novels that have been gathering dust… getting lots of physical exercise… And more than anything specific, I want to remember how to relax!
One of Ayurveda’s primary goals is to create balance in the body, mind, and emotions. Dietary recommendations, suggestions about lifestyle, detox programs, and practitioner prescriptions for botanical medicines are all about achieving balance that has gone awry. Yet, even people like myself—so devoted to the Ayurvedic way of life—cannot always sustain the necessary balance for optimal health in the face of life circumstances.
I have long been a workaholic, often pushing through my days with a certain intensity and the perfectionism for which Virgos are known. What I have given myself in the past twenty-two years is five to seven days a week of freshly cooked food and a daily practice of meditation and pranayama (yogic breathing). This ongoing self-care has sustained me.
As challenging as these past several years have been, I’ve become stronger, more resilient, and increasingly more compassionate. Everything I have imbibed in my spiritual studies, along with the love of my family and amazing friends, arose to support me through difficult decisions and sometimes harrowing events. Thank you all!
You will hear from me again. This, I promise! I love cooking healthy food and creating new dishes, and when the spirit moves me, I may post new content from time to time, even while enjoying the new spaciousness of my personal retreat.
And for now, I’m posting a vegan version of the Sacred & Delicious blueberry pancake recipe that was published in my cookbook. (Yes, I’ve been indulging in some comfort food this spring!)
Stay well. Be patient. Be kind to yourself and others. This time has much to teach all of us.