By Araxe Hajian
May is here, and that means all three of our Miraval properties are blooming!
Bright clusters of Austin’s white prickly poppies and cedar sage are joining Arizona’s brittlebush and fairydusters, while across the country the Berkshires are bursting with daffodils and hyacinths to roll out a welcome mat for moms of all kinds—and mother earth herself—this Sunday.
Let’s take a moment to celebrate the people who have embodied the spirit of motherhood in your life. Whether near or far, present or departed, we can create a container to hold and express our love for them.
What better way to honor the essence of mothering than spending time outside with an al fresco snack amidst all the new life emerging from nature’s nurturing embrace?
We dipped into Miraval Resorts’ archives for suggestions to help you create a perfect and mindful picnic-chic basket.
The Sentimental Ingredients for Your Basket
Before you begin, ask yourself:
Who is your inspiration?
Think of who mothered you into being. They hugged, held, and swaddled you, carried and chauffeured you, helped you with homework, smoothed out your hair emergencies, and mended any heartbreaks.
Write down their name or names. Whether this basket lands in their hands or in honor of them, saying their name and putting it onto paper brings us a little closer to their essence.
Plus, it’s always nice to include a handwritten card or note if it’s a gift.
What is your intention?
Think of the intangibles—thoughts and feelings—you bring to this day. It might be a mixture of things: gratitude might jostle around with grief; hope may hang out with happiness. Allow yourself to feel both good and sad emotions, and hold space for whatever sentiments arise. You can sprinkle those feelings into your container like a fine coat of comfort or let them blow away in the wind like dandelion filaments.
The Sensory Ingredients for Your Basket
Here is a collection of our favorite Miraval recipes & items to include.
A Smidge of Sweetness
• Miraval honey (or other local honey)
• Sweet Potato Toffee Cake
A Spoonful of Savory
A Stroke of Softness
A Mention of Something Mindful
• What We’re Reading
• Meditation for Appreciation
Bubbles & Bath Treats
• Champagne or sparkling water. Add a southwest flair with prickly pear syrup or a taste of the Berkshires with maple.
• At-home luxury spa kit
A Cupful of Comfort
A Sip of Something Smooth
A Bit of Berkshires Bounty
Quinoa & Almond Butter Mini Muffin
Why Create a Basket of Intentions?
In our Colleagues’ Words
For me, joy is pastry and bread. It’s my happy place. It’s less about eating than about pulling things out of the oven, looking at the color, and knowing when the layers and textures are just right. For me, it’s about giving them away. It’s about the creation, the baking, and then the giving. I get a lot of joy from that. It’s about the community we create when we share what we make.
“By connecting to the ritual of assembling our meal creatively, we connect to the circle of life through food and each other. Here, we practice mindful eating to express a sacred reciprocity with the earth. We receive the gift of our meal with presence and gratitude. We nourish our bodies with the food on our plates, while we enhance the gift of life by sharing space in the company of others.
Araxe Hajian is a senior writer who covers wellness stories and specialist offerings at Miraval Resorts & Spas. She was associate editor and writer at Life in Balance Magazine, storyteller at the social platform MindMeet, and author of numerous articles and Miraval Resorts’ coffee-table book Miraval Mindful by Design.