Remember Freedom, and Soup

Despite all the evils they wished to crush me with/I remain as steady as the three-legged cauldron. (M. Wittig)

This month there’s a lot happening in the realm of freedom, rebirth and liberation: it’s the beginning of spring, this week it’s Passover and Easter, and the US Supremes are hearing arguments on Prop 8 and DOMA. Some questions for your reflections:

What does freedom mean to you?
What does freedom feel like, in your body? What about the mind?
What do your spiritual or religious traditions say about liberation?

There was a time when you were not a slave, remember that. You walked alone, full of laughter, you bathed bare-bellied. You say you have lost all recollection of it, remember. . .
You say there are no words to describe this time, you say it does not exist. But remember. Make an effort to remember. Or, failing that, invent.
(Monique Wittig)

Why does remembering matter to liberation?
How about imagination?

And, meandering joyfully in the spirit of community celebrations, here’s a recipe! Why not?

Three-Legged Cauldron Carrot Soup:

1 T  olive oil
1/2 onion, sliced
2-3 inches fresh ginger, chopped
6 c  vegetable stock, or water
8-10 carrots, chopped evenly
1 t   sea salt [or salt to taste]
1/8 t  freshly ground black pepper
1/8 t  freshly ground white pepper

Heat oil in soup pot over low heat, sauteing onions until translucent. Add chopped ginger and saute for another 1-2 minutes. Add chopped carrots and stock. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer until carrots are tender (10-15 min). Add salt and pepper. Puree and serve.

Yummy with lightly steamed kale and cooked quinoa, on the side.

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