Solution for Happiness
“Can I interest you in some Nipples of Venus?”
Her simple gesture of offering divine goodness from her Chocolatier, Vianne, from the movie Chocolat (2000) was the pristine example of a Gursha giver.
The woman dressed in red moved into a grey, bland, and spiritually cold countryside village of France. She came with the warmth of a chocolatier and offered her treats to all that passed her door. Although the town was forbidden to visit her shop, she continued to welcome the disliked, the grumpy, the thieves, the abused, and the immoral ones for she knew all they needed was a little love…a little chocolate love. Although her chocolate put the fire back in a married couples bedroom and softened the grumpy old lady, it was Viannes’ warm spirit and her smile that brought the community together.
This Gursha mentality of nurturing others and welcoming everyone through soul-warming chocolate is what brought about health, happiness and unity to the small village. Mother and daughter resolved their disputes, married couples got excited again, a sheltered boy explored his creative artistic side, the river rat rebels had a home and the widow opened her heart again to love.
As quoted by the preacher “I’m not sure what the theme of my homily today ought to be. Do I want to speak of the miracle of Our Lord’s divine transformation? Not really, no. I don’t want to talk about His divinity. I’d rather talk about His humanity. I mean, you know, how He lived His life, here on Earth. His *kindness*, His *tolerance*… Listen, here’s what I think. I think that we can’t go around… measuring our goodness by what we don’t do. By what we deny ourselves, what we resist, and who we exclude. I think… we’ve got to measure goodness by what we *embrace*, what we create… and who we include.
It is this same act of kindness: embracing, creating and including others that makes hosting a Gursha dinner the healthiest thing you can do. Your health is heightened by the happiness you bring others. Gursha is about nourishing and opening the hearts of those dear to you but even more so, to those who might usually be excluded. Keep your doors (and your kitchen) open to everyone and not only will you bring a smile and health to those individuals, but to you, your home and your family, whomever your family may be.