It’s All a Backdrop


Where does Spirit find us?

Wherever we are!

For me it often finds me in the kitchen. Over the years the kitchen has served as an abundant backdrop filled with all kinds of gadgets and functions Spirit could use as metaphors to teach me the calls of my heart.

I didn’t always know when I was being guided. Usually it would dawn on me in a quiet, meditative moment when I’d be stirring a delicate sauce, or late at night when the business of the kitchen was silent  and the chaos was cleared away.

Recently though during a two week stint of cooking in a monastery kitchen, Spirt showed me a clear demonstration of how it works with each of us, using me in my role as the chef directing her staff so they could complete their function – the preparation of a meal for those it’s meant to nourish.

I thought I was just doing what I normally do to get a meal prepared on time…I direct. But in Spirit’s hands, this took on a whole new meaning – though this didn’t dawn on me until later.

As usual, I’d set out to prepare a planned meal and assign specific tasks to each of my helpers. I’d ask them to do something like chop onions or peel potatoes, but not to go any further until they asked me what the next step was. They didn’t as yet know the whole plan for the meal, but I did.

Sometimes though the plan would change and I had to be flexible enough to change with it without getting flustered or upset.  Sometimes I’d plan on using the stovetop and then realize there wasn’t enough room so I’d have to be open to finding another way. Or maybe I didn’t have an ingredient I thought was necessary so I had to substitute another. Plans were often changed in the moment and they  always turned out better than how I first intended them.

My helpers were told not to make any decisions without asking me first. Maybe I wanted to use the onions for soup instead of salad so they’d need to be sautéed; or the potatoes, intended for mashed, now changed to roasted so they had to be cut differently. How could my helpers go to the next step if they didn’t know what anything was for?

And then it dawned on me, “OMG, this is exactly how Spirit directs us!” It tells us:

Make no decisions by yourself. Ask me first.

You can’t see the whole picture, but I can.

You don’t know what anything is for, but I do.

Let Me direct you.

Seeing the practicality of this guidance in the kitchen, I could see so clearly how this was a perfect backdrop for how Spirit guides us in life.

How simple it is when we let ourselves be guided…don’t you think?

How does Spirit guide you? What backdrop does it use? Where does it find you?

Tell me about it in the comments below.

Until next time, many blessings,



 Photo Credit: Home on the Range Interiors

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    19 thoughts on “It’s All a Backdrop

    1. The Holy Spirit is with me all the time. He guides me in big and small decisions. Usually, I find the Spirit in the morning while I’m meditating. His answers are always clear. Problem is me, I don’t always see or hear the obvious but am learning.

      1. I love your willingness Brenda. And that’s all we really need…a little willingness. The Holy Spirit will do the rest, meeting us where we are.

    2. I love this perspective (and a good metaphor!). I’ll have to sit with this for a bit to find out when exactly I’m being guided. Thank you for writing such a beautiful article, Silvia!

      1. We’re always being guided Anne. Most of us have a problem listening but if we have willingness we will hear the guidance. My prayer each day is to hear it clearly in a way in which I can’t possibly mistake it. This helps tremendously.

      1. Sarah, I’m sooooo happy that you found this and that it’s inspiring for you. Mission accomplished! Thank you so much for letting me know.

    3. Silvia, such a great post and a metaphor that I can really relate to, as you might know:). I need to be reminded of the ability to go with the flow and that things don’t always go as planned but to trust the higher guidance. Maybe thinking about it with this perspective will help me release that tight hold I have on things always going the way I intend them to go. Thank you for this perspective. xo

      1. That’s so great Elise. It’s all about loosening our minds from the ways and concepts we’re been taught. It’s a big job but with a little willingness on our part, the Spirit can easily help us.

      1. So glad you get this Beth. This truth keeps us humble and listening. What a relief not to have to know by ourselves but to be able to turn to the one who does!

    4. OMG, this is a wonderful metaphor – I LOVE it! And you are so right on – life is so much better when I consult Spirit first. I feel I do well with this in my daily prayer and meditation, however, there are times (when I get wrapped up in fear) that I just plow forward without looking for guidance. Needless to say, life is much smoother and happier when I stop, say ‘thank you for showing me the way’, then watch for direction.

      Thank you, Silvia – I just love this post!

      1. Shannon, I can feel your enthusiasm and my heart wants to leap with joy! This is exactly why I open myself to be the vessel for the words to come through. Thank you so much for your beautiful comment.

    5. Silvia – such a lovely post…and that picture at the start just brought me such peace! It is so obvious that the kitchen is your home, in body, mind, and spirit. I love that you are open enough to let the spirit direct you, and I try to do that as well in my life. My place of peace and passion manifests through a great workout, a great morning spent in silent reflection, and after a great day of coaching clients that touch me deeply. When I let it all simmer and set in, my spirit is refreshed, and I feel ready to take on the world!

    6. I LOVE this post Silvia and particularly this week I needed the reminder.

      Spirit has always been guiding my life decisions and lately I try to connect with it through meditation, but I often forget to do so.

      I rush through my daily chores and the noise around me distracts me from hearing that wise voice from within, so thanks for the reminder :)

    7. I love this, Silvia, great metaphor. When I look back on the past year, I can see that all sorts of things were put into place for me, although I couldn’t see it at the time! It’s truly amazing!

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