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3 ways to turn cooking into meditation

by | Sep 25, 2018

A few years ago, I was on a meditation retreat where one of the activities included an Ayurvedic cooking workshop. If you’re wondering what a cooking workshop has to do with meditating, well it has everything to do with it.

Cooking (like any other activity) can be a way of practicing mindfulness. If you’re already a domestic goddess in the kitchen, take a moment now to reflect on what made you fall in love the first time.

Staying connected throughout the cooking process by being aware and mindful of every action we take in preparing our meal can offer a lot more than just a tasty meal at the end of it.

“A recipe is like a prayer; depending on the state of your awareness and connection in that moment, it can take you to the very dwelling place of the divine” – Stephen Galpin, The Ayurvedic Kitchen

As we allow ourselves to be present and in the moment, the therapeutic qualities of cooking (or any other activity we love) can start to come to surface. It is in this space that we can open up to deeply connect with passion, intimacy and focus.

3 ways to turn cooking into meditation time

1. Single-minded focus

If you are peeling a potato, then simply peel the potato. If you’re dicing carrots, simply just dice carrots. Resist the habit of thinking about what you’ll have to race to do after dinner or what happened earlier in the day. Practice single-minded focus instead of multi-tasking. Engage all your senses; feel the shape of the unique shape of the potato in the palm of your hand. You don’t have to romanticise the moment, simply be in the moment.

2. Turn the kitchen into a sacred space

When you think about it, it should be a sacred space anyway: It is where we prepare the meals that we consume to nourish our body, mind and spirit. Respect it by keeping it clean and beautiful. Make it a place you want to keep coming back to. A kitchen bench void of mail, magazines, keys, and overripe avocados always inspire me to whip up a great meal. You can also enhance the space further with flowers or even a bouquet of herbs from the garden. Not only will they make the environment more pleasant, it also helps us to get out of our heads by igniting our sense of smell.

3. Be conscious of your actions

Enjoy the process — all of it! Make it a conscious activity instead of an unconscious one where you zone out and mindlessly whip something up. Have you ever watched Nigella or Jaime cook? One of the reason why I love their shows is because every dish no matter how simple, matters. There is a sense of joy that emanates from their being as they describe the dish they are creating. I hope this post will inspire you to start practicing mindfulness whenever you find yourself in the kitchen (even against your will!).

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