Tap in to flow by connecting with your body, your ingredients, and the ritual of cooking through this four step practice:
Have you ever experienced a lucid yet blissful state of deep focus? It's nearly meditative but wide awake, the place where mental chatter quiets. If you are practiced in your craft, then you move with beauty and perhaps expertise. This is flow. It is restorative and intrinsically linked to feeling joy and fulfilment in life. It can be found in the most mundane things, but especially in activities with simple goals and clear purpose, like cooking.
Cooking is beautiful. It is process, alchemy and science. It is art and magic. It is kindness, love and nourishment. It is family, mostly female yet also male. It is generational, historical yet modern. It is friendship and solitude. It can be festive and spare. It is routine, even mundane and measured yet also surprising, creative, messy and imperfect. The act of cooking can reproduce memories and has the power to create new ones. It transports us through time, across boundary and place. It is ancient, yet ever new each time we step into the kitchen with fresh ingredients and intentions.
Eating is both a necessity and joy. It is one of my greatest pleasures, through which I have learned to connect with my body in health. It is also the way in which I most easily connect with others: feeding people, dining together, laughing and loving, filling hearts and bellies. I hope to make you think about your approach to eating and to connect with the process, ceremony, beauty and tools that surround this one thing we all must do, a most beautiful requirement in this life. May you have the great pleasure to eat in good company, even if that is just you. Though every meal may not be spectacular, food is always a gift for which we can be grateful.
Practice makes perfect. Mastery comes with practicing one’s craft, every day if possible. I believe that cooking, health and flow are forms of spiritual fitness. Much like physical fitness, you cannot do one sit-up a week and expect to maintain a strong core. Even if you don’t cook every day, there are many ways to connect with the process, your food and yourself. Let’s explore them together, and I promise to help you wherever I can.