May 10, 2013
Food can be a medium for love
Food can be a medium for love and a conduit through which to be in service to one’s community. Today was one of our employees last day with us at Roost for now. She has been with us almost since the beginning of our opened doors. She roosted with us through the dark, cold, and quiet days of the winter when we still had folks coming in for juice and warming up with all that dense nutrition. This evening after we finished closing, we all sat with a glass of wine and some donuts from the Holy Donut in Portland and it’s all we needed to begin an hour of chatting, laughing, and expressing gratitude. It was one of those times where I could pause and truly feel the joy and beauty of the present moment. And it feels good to be consuming homemade donuts that can be made vegan and gluten free, and to know that the owner, Leigh Kellis, makes these donuts with love, and she and her daughter love juice to boot!
One of the reasons we began Roost was to provide an option for people to enjoy organic juice filled with lots of local veggies. And we wanted people to be able to savor their juice in company or by oneself in an atmosphere that was relaxed and cozy. If you get quiet, you may even hear the walls whisper “there is plenty of time,” “you are supported,” “show up as you are,” “be light,” “you have everything you need.”
Adding in juice as part of your nutrition for the day is wonderful! Certainly filling up on food (juice, smoothies, vegan potato donuts) that nourishes us helps us be more alive and balanced in the physical body, enabling us to be able to show up for our lives in a more present and steady way. Food that supports us can help build up our primary food capacity, and by primary food, I am speaking of healthy relationships, respectful family connections, meaningful work, etc.
Food can be a conduit through which we can be in service to our community. As we fill up on more nourishing food, we may become clearer and more centered, and as a result free up some space for ourselves to be in service. When we love and respect ourselves, we are more able to love and respect others. When we feel fulfilled, we are more able to help others and inspire those around us. In addition, gathering around food builds community. As Henri Nouwen so eloquently writes:
“We all need to eat and drink to stay alive. But having a meal is more than eating and drinking. It is celebrating the gifts of life we share. A meal together is one of the most intimate and sacred human events. Around the table we become vulnerable, filling one another’s plates and cups and encouraging one another to eat and drink. Much more happens at a meal than satisfying hunger and quenching thirst. Around the table we become family, friends, community, yes, a body.”
Quench your thirst, satisfy your hunger, and roost yourself in solitude or community Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm
11 Free St
Love & Juice,