I have a love-hate relationship with the holiday of Passover. It is a pain in the butt to prep for both physically and mentally, and often emotionally. It is a time that I look at my kitchen and think "oh my god, how am I going to do this!" But the cleaning and the preparation always get done some how and it leaves me feeling very zen. There was something cathartic about clearing out my refrigerator and all my cabinets and carefully deciding what went back in, what would be taken to the food pantry and what could finally be thrown away.
This holiday also forces me to meal plan, in a way that I don't seem to have the will power to do during the rest of the year. I keep kosher for Passover pretty strictly, and will not eat out during the full 8 days. I prep different options and have my lunches and dinners all planned out. It makes the whole week very relaxed and very simple.
I also am forced to actually get up earlier so I can eat breakfast at home and make myself coffee to go because I can't just stop on my way or eat at the office. This makes my mornings during this week nice and slow without the rush and the stress.
Passover is a time to reflect on the past and how it affects our present. It helps me appreciate what I already have in my life instead of desiring more. It brings people around a table for every meal to connect. While the prep may be labor-some and sometimes intense, it allows me to enter a focused and present state that I always try to take with me when it ends.
For those of you celebrating Passover, I hope, as you put the finishing touches on your tables and dishes, that you find that moment of peace and serenity to wash over you and relax into the rest of this beautiful holiday!