• from "Tassajara Cooking" by Edward Espe Brown

    Cooking is not a mystery
    the more heart we put out
    the more heart we put in.
    To bring cooking alive
    we give our life. Giving
    our life willingly we don’t
    get put out.
    Washing cutting cooking cleaning,
    exploring ways to give life to our life.
    Not knowing already how and
    what to do,
    practice feeling it
    out of what is not known
    through the warmth and anxiety,
    not sticking to a particualr way,
    insisting it is the only way
    even though it is quite good;
    open to feeling the various possibilities,
    the tentative ways of giving life to our life.
    To feel out our left hand, our back, our toes,
    to feel out our breathing, our movements, our stance,
    this is our freedom, this is our wisdom.
    The mystery is that it is
    possible to do
    what we don’t know how to do.