Are you Mindful in the Kitchen?
Are you mindful in the kitchen? Not just mindful eating but mindful cooking. Did you know that cooking is a healing art? It feeds you and others in ways more than the sum of the nutrients. There are a few factors to consider I’ll list below but a vital thing to do is organize yourself before you get int cooking’s crazy creativity!
Mise en Place is the act of having everything in it’s place before you start cooking. I love to collect different size glass bowls to separate each ingredient in before I start cooking. Everything, from spices, vegetables to the pink sea salt!
Not only does it prevent last minute store trips because you’re out of an important element of the dish, it is artful! To me food and cooking is an art. Even when I dine alone I still make the prep and plating look pretty (well, mostly)…
It just makes you feel better, feel full of life because the food you’re eating is full of the energy of beauty and steeped in the way you felt when you were cooking it.
I like everything to be prepared with love. I also love to make things beautiful, so a nice, simple garnish does the trick.
Do you approach food as art?
take deep belly and heart breaths while you’re cooking (and eating) Allow the energy to fill your lungs and heart area, think of the people and things that you love and breathe in that feeling.
Set your ingredients out ahead of time (Mise en Place) and do so while appreciating each element of the dish, each taste and their beauty separately before the alchemy of cooking.
Say a blessing. If you believe in God or a higher intelligence it’s time to say “thank you”… Ponder the soil, the farmers, the animals (if you’re eating animal products), the higher forces of God/Nature or however you experience that wonder.
Use a wooden spoon and thinking of it as your magic wand! You’re an alchemist. Through your intentions and actions these ingredients are becoming a greater whole. Experience this. Feel it, stir it up.
Mind your feelings as you cook. You don’t want to add irritation and anger to your food. If you’re feeling this way you may want to wait to prepare food for others or slow down and approach cooking as a healing activity and allow your vibration to be lifted through the act of being present with the food.
Garnish. Add sprigs of fresh herbs, a few spring onions, basil leaves, be creative. Garnishing is like signing your art.