We love new recipes, and it’s a funny thing, no matter how many we get, there is always room for more. But what is a recipe if we take away the immediate content, such as interesting food. A recipe is a promise and an expectation of completeness. Good food, or even bad food, will make us feel full, and what is being full but the absence of being hungry. Recipes are also an order that you can impose on your cooking, and if not your cooking, then upon your life. When we feel like we need something, when there is a hunger, we look for a new recipe. And recipes must come from some external expert or authority that sells us on the hope that his recipe will satisfy us. Can you see the endless nature of recipes? When you look at them as a formula before the content, they are as endless as the stars.
Is it possible to life without recipes? Lately I’ve been looking at the recipes in my life, and one of the biggest one is the recipe of yoga. I’m a yoga cook and here’s my recipe. Sit down at my table and learn how to cook your meal of life so that you will be satisfied. I even advertise this recipe on my house: Blackstone Yoga Center. There are many such recipes in town. You have a Methodist recipe, a Catholic, a Presbyterian, and Assembly of God, and so on, all advertising their recipes with signs and claiming there’s is the best. Even the Fitness Center is a recipe. And those who don’t use these popular recipes make their own, which are also mainstream but aren’t advertised as such so those that use them can belief they don’t need any recipes. I call this kind of recipe “practicing southside Virginia,” or whatever culture you are in. All this recipe asks you to do is watch TV, drink socially, have sex when you can, and lose yourself in your work, and this will bring you satisfaction promises the recipe.
The question I ask goes deeper than the recipe, since all recipes are belief systems, an order or system, if you will, that is imposed on one’s life from the outside. Even our minds impose, or try to impose, an order on our thoughts, but we are never successful in that, as we all know.
So now we notice that when you follow a recipe, there must be conflict. It’s like when you train a dog. The dog wants to go one way, you want to go another, so you impose your order on the dog’s order, and hopefully the dog learns to heel and sit and roll over. A recipe is like that. There must be some existing order that we find unsatisfactory, and then we choose some new order to make things come out better, to replace dissatisfaction with satisfaction. And have you noticed that all recipes are thought sturctures, the blueprints of the mind?
But after you try a recipe for a while the satisfaction usually gets watered down. Maybe you say the recipe wasn’t that good after all, and that there must be a better one around the corner? Some recipes use guilt to keep you following them. The dissatisfaction of the guilt you get from quitting the recipe is greater then the dissatisfaction of the recipe itself. You get caught between two dissatisfactions, and the greater one usually wins.
So I ask again, is it possible to live without following some recipe? You should really look into this. Your satisfaction depends upon it. But there is more. If there is the possibility of living without any foreign order (a recipe) imposed upon you, then there must be a basic and undiscovered order upon which you want to lay this recipe. Now is that basic order a basic goodness, a natural moral order, if you will, or is that basic order no order at all but a kind of chaos? And if we believe our basic self is chaos, the we must feat that chaos. In otherwords, we fear our own natural order, whatever it is.
If we are going from one recipe to another looking for completeness, are we not doing that because we don’t believe we have a native order, our own natural completeness and basic goodness as our ground? Well, this digging is getting us deeper and deeper, so we’ll rest for awhile.
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This post was written by ed on July 21, 2008