This afternoon I experienced cooking as meditation. It happened kind of accidentally as I was making some Nom Nom Paleo Southwest Cowboy Chili. I had happily discovered that I had all the ingredients that I needed and started collecting them when I realized I was in a kind of flow. I had already cut the bacon into evenly spaced little lardons and had the spices arrayed on the counter. I started to really enjoy the smell of each spice, grinding the cumin, pouring out paprika and oregano. I was thankful for the cow that provided the beef for the meal and then realized how thankful I was for the knife, the cutting board, the old wooden spoon and the Dutch oven that I gave to my husband as a housewarming gift when he moved in 14 years ago. We’re getting ready to renovate the kitchen (any and all condolences, prayers and blessings are appreciated) and I have been focusing on what’s wrong with it lately and how much better it will be later after we complete the renovation. Today I found myself appreciating all of the meals we’ve made and eaten here together and how lucky I am to have things like hot running water, a stove and oven that work, a refrigerator to keep our food cold and more than enough food to eat every day. I’m thankful that tomorrow when I come home from work (in what will probably be a stressed mood), I’ll have this yummy chili to enjoy with my husband. Of course I’ll have to cook something else for my son who has decided he doesn’t like beef but hopefully I can find some opportunity to stay mindful and grateful while I prepare his meal 🙂
I hope that you too have something that you do every day that you can sometimes pause and enjoy in a meditative state.