Cooking Meditation

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.

Please share!

Nurturing ourselves

One of the things I’ve found challenging to do as a mom is to nurture myself. It’s much easier to take care of my son, cook special meals for him, have special play-time, make sure his homework is in his backpack and participate in a 45 minute bedtime routine. Taking care of my own needs comes second, third or whenever I think I might have a free moment.

Tonight I took a class called Nurturing Moves that was tailored to my needs. The class includes some yoga, a lot of breathing (BREATHE Mom), belly dancing, meditation, energy clearing and fun. After the class I took some extra time to jump on the trampoline outside in the side yard of I Am Equilibrium where the class was held. I haven’t jumped on a trampoline in at least 12 years and it was awesome. (The Lego movie theme will now be stuck in my head for the evening).

The class was led by Michelle Alva and you can check out her website at

I’ll figure out how to embed links later. Right now I’m going to take care of my need to go to bed early!

How do you nurture yourself?



Breathe Mom!

Welcome to Breathe Mom. This is a place to rediscover who we were before we became moms. Remember what used to make you cool (or hot!) and reclaim what works for you. Even if it’s only 15 minutes each day it’s important to do something for yourself and ONLY yourself that makes YOU feel good. Besides, it might make you a better mom 🙂

More to come soon, I promise!


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