“The key to creating a sacred kitchen in your house is changing your attitude toward it. Realize the divine nature of the forces involved: the life force in food, the contribution of your own energies, and your ability to convey divine energy into the meal.” Sacred Kitchen
This post is for you if:
- You’ve experienced a life-long battle with food, eating and your weight and you’ve become less-than-thrilled about spending time in your kitchen making food;
- You view preparing food for you and your loved ones as a chore or mundane task that you’d rather not have to do because you feel your too busy and too overloaded with life.
For many, the kitchen has become either another workplace or another battleground where wars of temptation are being waged. And unfortunately for some, meal preparation has become another item to cross off the daily ‘to-do’ list of responsibilities – especially when feeding a family, working a full time job and feeling pressured to come up with a range of meals creative enough to keep everyone healthy and happy.
If this pretty much sums it up for you, I would like to introduce to you:
The Top 3 Ingredients to Loving Every Moment You Spend in the Kitchen – Even When You Don’t Want to be There.
- Gratitude: When you think about it, the kitchen is a very special – even sacred – place. It’s the place where you can consciously collaborate with the earth to nourish your body, support you and your family’s health and literally sustain your life. That’s a lot to give thanks for! If you’ve ever struggled with food or losing weight then shifting towards a deep sense of gratitude for food and viewing food as the miracle that it is can help free you from the life-long battle so many people experience with eating. The act of preparing food can be a powerful mindfulness practice where you can tune into and align with one of your most precious and potent sources of healing – your food.
- Mindfulness: When you’re rushing from place to place and are constantly living five steps ahead of yourself, it’s hard to slow down, relax and breathe – heck, it’s even hard to enjoy life.Taking the time in your kitchen to really slow down and enjoy the process of reconnecting to yourself, to your friends and family, and to your food can support a sense of rejuvenation, which without a doubt influences your health.The practice of mindfulness affords you the time and space to discover inner peace, find balance in your life and listen to your body and what its communicating with you. When you become present, the simple act of peeling a carrot or washing an apple can become a truly miraculous experience as you surrender to the awe of the miracle of life that we so easily forget is ridiculously incredible.
- Playfulness: Most of us tend to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and quickly fall into the trap of being overly serious. Lighten up! Try not to take yourself so seriously; what I’ve discovered is that it’s just not worth it. Think of your kitchen as your playground where you get to unleash all of your creative potential and have fun discovering new ways to make delicious things. The kitchen is the place where magic happens – where alchemy is performed and where you can find some time to work less and play more. Whether you’re extremely busy or hyper focused on losing weight, incorporating playfulness in your life can be an essential ingredient to helping you love the time you spend in your kitchen.
What ingredient would you include to loving your time in the kitchen?
Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii,