Do you love cooking? If yes, did you know you can use it to meditate too?
Yes, you got that right. Cooking for meditation. Think of it as hitting two birds with one stone. You get to whip up delicious home-cooked meals and enrich your life with inner peace, clarity, and awareness both at the same time.
Take a look on how you can tweak your usual cooking process and transform it into one of the most effective meditation techniques:
Don’t switch on the TV, and don’t play music in the background. Most importantly, put your phone away. No texting, no tweeting, no timeline browsing. This time, cooking is all about you, the pots and the ingredients.
Tidy Up Your Kitchen
Before starting, empty the sink of dirty dishes and put clutter away. Wipe your counter and kitchen table clean. Make it as neat as possible before you take your ingredients out and start the prep work.
Even though you’re not technically cooking at this time, start getting yourself into the “zone”. Do one task at a time and pour your attention into it. Don’t entertain thoughts and just stay focused on what you’re doing.
Once your kitchen is as neat as it could be, begin.
Enliven Your Senses
Make use of all you have — sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. “Regular” cooking requires each one but when you’re throwing meditation into the mix, be sharply aware of all the stimuli.
Pay attention to the sounds and smells of slicing and dicing. Feel the strain of stirring and mixing on your arms. Feel the texture of each ingredient. Savour the slow build up of flavours as you season and add ingredients one after the other.
Let all your five senses work together. Focus on nothing but the things going on in your kitchen.
Eat with Awareness
Meditation doesn’t have to stop once you switch your stove off. You can extend your awareness to your meal too. Whether you’re dining alone or not, appreciate every bite. Be perceptive of the texture, temperature and taste of every spoonful. Take pleasure in the fact that you prepared it, and now, it’s time for you to enjoy it.
Meditative cooking is a mindfulness meditation technique. By putting all your senses into play, it increases your awareness and strengthens your bond with the present. So, don’t be too caught up in fixing meals in a flash. Enjoy each second and turn it into your meditation me-time.