August 28, 2011

Mindful Cooking and Eating

When I am cooking, I try to breathe, sway back and forth, and feel the weight in my feet. It helps to simply whisper to myself, “I am cooking”. This reminder helps me notice what is happening and let go of thoughts about past and future.

I am conscious that making food requires energy: the meals I prepare absorb that energy and return it to those who eat them. In turn, I appreciate what’s on my plate much more when I am putting down my fork between bites, breathing, and savoring the flavors of a dish.

To put the techniques of mindful cooking and eating into practice, join me for a hands-on workshop series at the Ayurvedic Center.
Here are the details:
Mindful Cooking and Eating - Thursdays (Sept. 22nd, 29th & Oct. 6th)  
5:30 - 7:30 pm at the Ayurvedic Center of Vermont in Williston
$48 per class includes: hands-on cooking, health benefits of foods, shared meal, and discussion
Drop in or register for all classes by September 1st and pay $129
To pre-register contact 802-872-8898 or ayurvedavt@comcast.net

Mindful eating can help people to both maintain healthy eating habits and cultivate greater connection with sources of nourishment. When I am paying attention to what I eat and how I feel while I eat it, I am less likely to over-eat and more likely to purchase ingredients that were not sprayed with pesticides or processed with solvents.

Experiment with reading, either silently or out loud, of these contemplations on food before you eat.
**This food is the gift of the whole universe: the earth, the sky, numerous living beings, and much hard, loving work.
**May I eat with mindfulness and gratitude.
**I accept this food so that I may nurture others, strengthen my community, and nourish the ideal of serving all beings.
adapted from savorthebook.com

1 comment:

W. Home said...

When I cook, I always play my favorite songs - it soothes me when cooking and from there I can really put in my emotions when cooking. I love cooking more than any thing else. Wish I could establish my own restaurant in the future - or this year. I even got a food hygiene certification just to prepare myself for it.

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