You can read the whole chapter here,
Synchronicity: Mystical Mumbo Gumbo
at New Page Books.
"Please allow me to present you with a good meal.
Gumbo is a traditional Cajun dish.
It has no definite recipe.
Each cook boils the best of his ingredients, shrimp, fish, okra, chopped vegetables, even sausages and shellfish, all in a broth of seasonings that often remain the savory secret of the chef.
Gumbo emerged from Louisiana, where a crossing of French, Native American, African, and Caribbean cultures all brought together their own spices and ingredients to the cauldron. There is no scientific formula for gumbo, and no global rules about what it must include. Generally, it is a savory, satisfying celebration of creativity.
It tastes good.
Rather than being created from a standard recipe, gumbo emerges from the relationship the chef has to his culture and ingredients.
To taste a good gumbo is to enter into a relationship with the creator, not to merely consume a product.
There are many delightful ways to serve it."
|My spiritual Gumbo stuff that I bought at the Woodford Folkfest last year.|
I'm not a Christian, but I'm drawn to Catholic ritual, churches and iconography of that particular religion, but repelled by the dogma.
I did a post on my blue cross syncs here,
The Grey/The Grays and the Triad
|Whoops! How did that picture get in there?|
|Chung Tian Temple, Brisbane, Australia.|
|The Crystal Castle|
Not into Zen, but love the wonderfully spiritual gardens and philosophy of that religion.
|Japanese Garden, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.|
“Gratitude provides gifts to both the giver and receiver.
You may be grateful for anything: your job, your family, your health, your friends, the good weather, or the world around you.
This process of feeling gratitude is very simple.
Keep you gratitude flowing and be open to receive.
The universe will help you with the rest.
After all, the secret to happiness is gratitude.”"Gratitude" Rocks!
His power and wisdom are beyond all human understanding.
Did I mention I represent him?
Global warming is caused by the FSM.
He is upset with humanity for its iniquities and immorality.
Global warming is the result of not following the word of the FSM.
You see it is all very simple.
FSM is fond of pirates.
If you look at a chart of global warming trends, you can clearly see that over the last century the pirate population is clearly in decline.
Fewer pirates, more global warming.
The FSM is obviously angry with humanity for its persecution of pirates.
That’s why we Pastafarians dress as pirates.
We are performing a divine service to humanity by increasing the number of pirates and spreading the word of the FSM.
We are FSMs chosen people; we need donations to spread the word, hand over yer booty, arrrr.”
|Not for people with weak stomachs ;- )|
And Dr.Kirby makes a good point in his book -
Balance in life and thought is the key.
Oh...and by the way,
I celebrated my 48th birthday at a Fasta Pasta restaurant last night.
Update: Dec18, 2012