Cooking is Meditation
Mindfulness, on wikipedia, is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training…
Meditation, on wikipedia, can be defined as a practice where an individual uses a technique, such as focusing their mind on a particular object , thought, or activity, to achieve a mentally clean and emotionally calm state.
I might have 3 pans going and 2 trays in the oven while I’m whisking…but when I’m in the groove…I’m certainly mentally clean and emotionally calm…not thinking about that financial, work or relationship stress that often clogs our thoughts….when I’m cooking (usually best classified as practicing cooking for me), I’m totally focused on the technique and tend to ignore other thoughts and emotions…mainly so the dish doesn’t burn.
Cooking for me = mindfulness = meditation
Caught up in the moment = mindfulness = meditation
Living in the NOW = mindfulness = meditation
…and many more…depending on what you do that keeps your mind on…or off the thinking and emotions of daily life…
It’s no wonder that after a good workout, playing a sport, fixing our fence, gardening, grooming, etc we feel more mentally clear and emotionally calm…we are being mindful….we are meditating…(caveat being that we stay present and mindful during the practice, ie. playing soccer and imagining the ball is your ex-girlfriends face every time you kick would not be an example of mindfulness).
Meditate more…be more mindful…or even better…recognize some of your daily practices and activities as mindful meditations and seek them out for practice when you need a clear mind and calm emotions….here are some additional tools for extra credit!
Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra are hosting a FREE 21-day Audio Meditation Seminar HERE…it’s a great way to explore mediation for beginners and a source of great free guided meditations for more advanced practices (there is a complimentary app).
Headspace is a great meditation app that starts with a FREE 10 Day Trial that starts with basic meditation practices.
Stop, Breathe & Think is another great meditation app that has a FREE TRIAL and a little bit of a different approach and more self analysis than Headspace…but I love the voice on Headspace!!!