The Gentle Art of Cloistered Cooking

The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. ~Thomas Moore

-a place of religious seclusion, as a monastery or -convent.
-any quiet, secluded place.

In this time of seclusion, I have discovered the gentle art of cloistered cooking. The very act of preparing a meal is a prayer of thanksgiving and praise.  Peeling potatoes, cutting up vegetables, and turning it all into a supper of substance is a beautifully meaningful act. Because of the times we live in,  this very ordinary act doesn't seems very ordinary at all.

I often listen to praise music as I work.  My hands may be mashing potatoes or stirring a pot of chili but my spirit is singing.  I am not alone.  I feel God's presence in these every day moments.

In times like these, cloistered cooking becomes a gentle art, a gift, an offering, and a praise.