September 13, 2015, Prescott- I spent three hours today, in one of the most worthwhile of endeavours. The Empty Bowls Project is an annual event in Prescott, on Courthouse Square, where so many of our great community events take place. I was given the job of Gazpacho Ladeler. Each of us ladelers gave a contributing patron 6 oz. of soup in either a ceramic bowl, which they had purchased, or in a free Styrofoam bowl. Patrons could come back for second helpings, so one or two of the more popular soups (i.e. lobster bisque) ran out.
Various restaurants in Prescott and nearby Prescott Valley sent a plenitude of soups, most of them hot. The gazpacho seemed to be the only one that wasn’t. Even so, there was just about a bowl left over, when we stopped at 2:10, and the chef came to get her materials. My tangible reward for this effort was two 16 oz. cups of soup, one minestrone and one coconut cauliflower curry. Far greater, of course, is knowing that a substantial amount of money was raised for the benefit of local food banks.
I went back to the house afterward, and finished reading “Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior”, which recounts Dan Millman’s experiences, whilst on Oahu and Molokai. I sat, totally concentrating on the last fifty pages of the book, and journeyed with him through various dimensions and states of mind. He did not use hallucinogens, and I can identify with that, since my own mind can make its way to worlds that hardly make sense, in a tangible context. This afternoon, I only followed his lead.
After my reading was finished, I was given the message to prepare a certain soup of my own. I first peeled the rind off a butternut squash, after cleaning out its seeds and slicing off the ends. Then, I did the same with an eggplant and a red pepper, adding lean ground beef and a few figs, with various seasonings. Turmeric was put in there, for some reason. I don’t usually add it to a vegetable soup, but there it was.
The scraps and seeds were then buried in the backyard, in an impromptu garden plot. I’ve never heard of planting so close to Fall, but that was the message I got- and well, trust the journey. We’ll see what transpires.
I will regard the resulting concoction as a soup of good fortune- celebrating what appear to be doors opening for me, even as a door of friendship, of two years’ duration, seems to be closing. Everything happens in its time.