What has mindfulness got to do with cooking/ recipes/ eating, you may be wondering?
Mindfulness is a practice that will not only transform your life, appetite, and overall health, it will also help you to make good choices.
So what is mindfulness?
Several definitions of mindfulness have been used in modern psychology. According to various prominent psychological definitions, Mindfulness refers to a psychological quality that involves
“a kind of nonelaborative, nonjudgmental, present-centered awareness in which each thought, feeling, or sensation that arises in the attentional field is acknowledged and accepted as it is.”
Meditation is simply a question of being, of melting, like a piece of chocolate left in the sun. It has nothing to do with whether or not you “know” or “understand” anything about it; indeed, each time you meditate it should be fresh, like the forest after rain, or like a cold glass of coconut water after a long and tiring journey.
If you want to feel better about life, I know no other better way, than to practice mindfulness. Discover a loving silence that holds true healing power, more than any string of well-intentioned words. We learn to observe feelings as feelings, cravings as cravings, crazy makers as crazy makers, and thoughts as thoughts – life begins to feel much simpler. The truth is reflected back to us from each experience, the stiller the mind, the truer the experience.
How to be mindful…
Sit quietly for a while, in a comfortable chair, position your feet slightly back from under your knees, be still. Quietly, observing the passing sounds outside, speech silent, your mind gently at peace. Allow your thoughts to come and go, without holding onto them, let them go, let go…
If this feels all too much and ironically you need something to do, simply watch your breathing. When you are breathing out, know that you are breathing out, when you breathe in, know that you’re breathing in, without adding on any extra commentary, but just watching the breath.
That very simple techniques processes your thoughts and feelings, and then, like an old skin being shed, something is freed.
What has this got to do with Feeling Food?
Once your mindfulness has been opened and your perception is a little bit more coherent, then whatever you are doing, you are there. As the Zen masters say:
“When I eat, I eat: when I sleep, I sleep.”
Whatever you do in your everyday life, you are present, even when you are cooking! Cooking is in fact a very energizing activity if you are not thinking whilst you do it.
You are more peaceful, so you are more “you.” You become the Universal You. Whenever you do something you are more in tune. As you pre-occupation with yourself has dissolved, you find yourself more in tune with the compassionate you.
You continue to discover that feeling, to dance with it in your days, to liberate yourself and do what is appropriate with understanding.
Much of life can never be explained, only felt. It is with our loved ones, our friends and family, that we will feel the greatest rewards of our mindfulness. We become truly present and aware of each moment and the awe inspiring truth of each moment feels like a blessing, because indeed it is. This change of being, has a profound effect on our choices, our company, our way of being, our way of nourishing. An old friend mentioned to me the other day that she’s looking for a new direction, after a long relationship that has recently ended she’s looking for change. She mentioned the importance of doing something that reflected her core values that she’d long since forgotten, it got me thinking…
The critical voice that is often present in moments of doubt and insecurity slowly begins to fade into nothingness, as you nourish yourself on every level, dreams come true and most beautiful of all, you become that little bit lighter, and the world unrecognisably brighter!
I’m glad you’ve found this space, I hope you visit often…
Lots of love,