So here I am feeling the moment … How do I get closer to HERE?
And then it occurred to me, man. Get out of bed and start baking! Oh darn, I’m not really good at that. And me getting up 6 o’clock every weekend might even piss off my family .. Any way, you have to start somewhere to get to HERE … Up early, get out flour, yeast, salt, water, butter and whatever spice that you want to be HERE with you.
First out these last 3 months since the Summer Issue of TMH was Danish butter breads … “Oh my God so much butter” … It melts in your hands when you work it in the many layers of dough. Yes I made 80 layers of dough and buttered all the layers. It was almost impossible to get everything together because the butter got close to fluid … But it was great FUN!
Next up was an Italian bread, I wasn’t in a great mood that weekend and the yeast refused to do its magic for me. So I doubled the amount of yeast … nothing happened … I got angry … nothing happened … Then I tossed it all in the bin and just stared out the kitchen window while nipping my coffee. After some minutes I started to relax my head, understood that I was sad and just let the emotions flow through me … Later I heard a cracking noise from the trash bin, yes – it was the dough growing all over the place, the yeast had finally decided to come play. I started to laugh, it was really funny!
So here in the trash bin was the clue to really being HERE: I have to become one with “what I’m doing in the moment”. If you are baking, and you are thinking or emotional connected to stuff in the past, or in the future, then you are not really baking! You are not HERE!
This goes for every thing you do, if you are making a grocery list in your mind while making love to your partner, then you are not making love. If you are having an inner conversation while watering your plants and flowers, then you are NOT watering your plants. It’s that simple. You have to be here to be HERE.
Then came the days with the cinnamon buns and the many white breads. I practised and practised baking being HERE. Finally I cracked the baking code … I now have so much fun in the moment that I can’t wait for the weekend to come; so I can get up really early to bake! How weird is that?
HERE … Right here!