By living simply, I suppose I really mean promotion of things I most value together with an attempt to remove the things that distract me from them. It’s not always easy, with overconsumption and speed being the cultural norm, a simply, peaceful and contented life is not something that is generally aspired to.
It takes a positive and consistent intention to jump off the treadmill of better, faster, newer, more.
I hope to this end that this weekend you will have at least a few moments to pause with a hot cup of coffee or tea, maybe a slow and savoured breakfast, and enjoy some of these writings which focus on slower, more conscious living.
Baked Eggs with Yoghurt (adapted from Yotam Ottolenghi)
2tbs olive oil
4 free range eggs – in my case courtesy of my lovely and unfailingly productive feathered companions
150g greek yoghurt
1 garlic clove (crushed)
Preheat oven to gas mark 3/150 C
Wilt the rocket with a pinch of salt and some olive oil, in pan over a low heat for a few minutes.
Transfer to an ovenproof dish and make four small nests within the greens, carefully breaking an egg into each hollow.
Bake for 15 minutes or so.
Mix yoghurt and crushed garlic and spoon over the eggs.
Serve with sage leaves crisped in butter.
Choice choice everywhere. How do I opt out? The Guardian by Phil Daoust
I’m with Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama on this – the more options I’m given in life, the less I want them
Alms and the man. Ajahn Sucitto – Just as the willingness to both give and receive is a mark of any sound human relationship, the giving and receiving of alms ( free-will offering of material support) has always been a part of most cultures.
A gentle reflection on how our culture has lost the trust in being human and how generosity and openness without entitlement might help to promote relatedness.