The Taco Cleanse | The Experiment, 2015
How’re those New Year’s resolutions going?
That’s what we thought.
Perhaps rigidity and regimented thinking and all manner of resolute approaches to change aren’t the most conducive instigators of long-term satisfaction. Perhaps what’s missing from our relationship with change isn’t any kind of abstinence or repentance. Perhaps, just perhaps, what’s missing is the simple expression of the sort of gratified feeling we get when we experience goodness, like what happens when we encounter sigh-inducing culinary creations that make our souls do backflips from giddiness. In those moments it’s sorta like we experience what could be labeled an expanded consciousness if you have any hippie tendencies in you. What if we could harness that sort of laughably appreciative thinking and employ it in our quest for change? Because let’s face it, change is usually just a metaphor for moderation. And what usually lies behind the ability to pull off moderation is some sort of satisfaction. But you’ve got to permit yourself to experience whatever makes your soul dance before you can attain that satisfaction. Take these taco salutations, excerpted from the book The Taco Cleanse. It’s a whimsical and half-joking notion of gratitude and mindfulness and being in the moment that could be construed as quite brilliant—and an excuse to tuck into some homemade tacos. And may we just say, that whole guilty abstemious thing? It’s precisely why we’ve ditched resolutions in favor of culinary bucket lists. Less guilting, more taco-ing. —Renee Schettler Rossi