Eat, Drink and Be Merry
What brings you joy in life?
In order to be truly happy, we must reflect on what really matters most to us in this life and align ourselves with our deepest values and intentions.
As Rilke put it,
Men are not free when they are doing just what they like. Men are only free when they are doing what the deepest self likes. And there is getting down to the deepest self! It takes some diving.
For my deepest self, two things stand above all else: love and experiences.
The first is easy: our purpose on this Earth is to love. We exist to to grow, expand and share our love.
Focusing on experiences can be a little harder, since it often goes against how our materialistic society tells us we should be. But study after study shows that happier people focus on creating rich experiences over accumulating material things.
LET’S DO THIS
An important part of love is self-love, and an important part of self-love is giving yourself the nurture and care for a happy, healthy, stress-free body. You can do that and provide yourself with rich experiences too by preparing healthy, delicious meals.
Below is a recipe for miso-sesame-ginger dressing, one that will keep your body healthy and also very happy.
You can put all the ingredients in your blender or food processor, and keep it in your fridge for up to a week.
Without further adieu:
- ¼ cup neutral oil, like grapeseed, avocado or extra virgin olive oil.
- ¼ cup rice vinegar
- 3 tablespoons mild miso
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 1/2 carrot
- 1 inch ginger
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1/2 lime juice
- Salt, pepper to taste
In this simple dressing, you get the probiotic powers of miso, the vitamins and minerals packed into sesame seeds, the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger, the antioxidants in honey, plus the healthy fats of whatever oil you choose.