It's probably my most powerful magic tool.
By harnessing it's power,
I create the most delicious meals to nourish my family's minds, bodies and spirits.
It's nothing short of uh-maze-zing! I see my crock pot as
a modern day version of Cerridwen's cauldron.
to make a brew for her son who was born deformed.
This brew she planned took a year and a day to complete
and her aim was to balance her son's deformity by giving
him great wisdom As the end of its simmering timing drew
near, she set her serving boy to watch it as she went to
collect the last of the herbs to put in.
The legends don't say how but three drops fell upon him
perhaps because he lifted the lid to look at the brew.
However it happened the instant those crops fell on him
he knew the brew would be of no use to Cerridwen and
he knew her rage would be great so he ran. Thus began
a dance of transformation- a hound following a rabbit, an
otter chasing a salmon, a hawk flying after a sparrow-
until finally he turned himself into a grain of wheat and
hid in the grain shed.
But Cerridwen turned herself into a hen and gobbled him up.
Implanting him within herself caused her to become
pregnant and she rebirthed him as the Talesin the
greatest wizard of all time. So how does this story
relate to my humble kitchen appliance?
Things that go into the crock pot like Cerridwen's
cauldron are forever transformed.
We add ingredients to it, put a lid on and through
the magic of slow heat within hours a meal is
prepared for ourselves and our loved ones.
The cauldron/crock pot is also a metaphor for
our life experiences. Some of the ingredient we
choose, others are given to us. What comes out
in our lives can be something more delicious than
any single ingredient that went in.
The key is the low heat; the actions we take based
upon what we have learned. At any time we are free
to change the recipe by opening out minds up through
personal development and trying new things but in doing
so we can't forget to allow ourselves the time needed to
combine these new additions to the rest of our delicious
lives in a way that resonates and works with our experiences.
May Cerridwen guide you to create your life by adding the right ingredients to transform you into the most delicious version of
yourself. May the people you touch with your delicious life be nourished in body mind and spirit. Ashe. Amen. And so it is.