Recipes for a Sacred Life – true stories and a few miracles by Rivvy Neshama
Have you ever wondered who wrote that popular poem The Desiderata?
It’s that poem that starts..
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons…
You may have seen it printed somewhere or sown as an embroidered piece at your auntie’s house or granny’s house.
In Rivvy Neshama’s book Recipes for a Sacred Life, you can dip in and find out who really wrote that poem…plus study the full poem yourself and gain some peace from it. The story of who really wrote The Desiderata is quite surprising.
Dip in and taste the different Recipes for a Sacred Life
Rivvy offers us many tasty and delightful stories from her life and we can dip into them when we choose. Most are very short, some just a few pages, so this book makes a lovely bedside companion.
Rivvy’s intention behind this book from her perspective is to…
…lift me up when I’m feeling down, help me look out when I’m focused within, and lead me back to my center, the moment, and the joy of a sacred life.
She does this by creating an overall recipe consisting of ripe, rich life experiences and structures the book so that we can savor pinches and flavors from
- Basic Ingredients
- The nature of the Sun
- Animal chats and unions with Nature
- Friends and neighbors, lovers and strangers
- Frank Lloyd Wright’s nature recipe
- Sacred Space and time
- Soul Food
- Rituals and Celebrations
- This too, is true.
Read this book from beginning to end, or dip about as you see fit – make your own Recipe for a Sacred Life!
A good spiritual read – Recipes for a Sacred Life – reflecting on my own stories now
In my experience a good spiritual read will have me go internal in some way.
Rivvy’s account of the passing on of her mother’s chicken recipe matches some of my life experience…I left home when I was 18 and did not know how to cook.
Rivvy from ‘Beginnings’
I’m not much of a cook. Neither was my mother. And that’s how it all began. When I was twenty-two and about to get married, she gave me a recipe book, the kind with blank pages to write down or paste in all your best recipes. Mom had written down hers to get things started, but she had only two: roast beef and chicken. Like I said, she wasn’t much of a cook. Still, she made a great roast…so I got married, made roast beef and chicken, and if a friend ever cooked something tasty, I found out how and wrote it down in the book.
From the sheep that baa-d at me with determination in Yorkshire (Animal Chats and Other Unions with Nature) through offering food to a guy outside my local deli (Do you give to the ones who are Drunk?) through to singing a round to her sick mother before surgery (One Last Song) Rivvy reminds us that it’s a good day to die, yet also a good day to live.
Recipes for a Sacred Life
…has me thinking about my own stories in more depth and how they make up the recipe of my life.
How about you?
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