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Zen Cooking – The Art of Mindful Practice

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The word “zen” carries with it the semantic import of “mindfulness”. Being mindful is something that we all can stand to employ more of in our world and our lives, and it is something that anyone can do. So, what exactly is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the art of being present right now, other than in the other to ends of the space-time spectrum, otherwise known as the past and future. After all, what else is there? One can worry about the past and the future all they want, but they both are not HERE now, for NOW is here now. Thus, being mindful is the surrender of oneself to the now, and the wholehearted indulgence within its fruitful womb.

As a tribute to NOW, why not challenge yourself to be mindful at a time when all your mental faculties come together to impart upon the body the gift of nourishment – i.e. while cooking. 

Cooking involves more than just putting ingredients together to produce a dish to be eaten. Below the surface, to get to the stage where a plate full of steaming food sits before an eater, it must be cooked, and it is in the process of cooking where the magic of the dish is birthed. To truly cook, one must smell the spices, the fragrance of the green onions radiating their aroma in hot oil. One must listen to the sound of the knife as it slices vegetables, making contact with the cutting board. One must FEEL when to add what ingredient, and when the dish is complete and ready for service. Try it with your next home cooked meal, and see how the experience will impact your eating experience as well. Notice the difference of just being with yourself as you take yourself on the journey of assorted raw ingredients, to sizzling lip-smacking goodness. 

During mindfulness practice, it should naturally instill an air of calm throughout the muscles of the entire body. With mindful cooking, a dish made entirely of the freshest and most natural ingredients lends to the overall feeling of pleasure that mindfulness can bestow. One can smile inside because they know with this, they are treating their body with the respect that it deserves, as well as giving the senses an opus of real flavors and aromas to induce a neurological lotus blossom. 

Feel free to share this post and the idea of mindful cooking (and mindfulness in general) with anyone that you know who may benefit from it, and in turn hopefully they will then pass it on. 

Thus is the art of zen cooking… Of zen living

Enjoy ^_^

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Author: Garrett S.

I am a writer, researcher, and 3D CG generalist, who developed a strong penchant for meditation and spiritual practices. I've incorporated that background into my current work manning the helm in directing my own personal animated projects, most notably of which is my "Mr. G" series, and "The Ville".

9 thoughts on “Zen Cooking – The Art of Mindful Practice

  1. Lovely. Thank you so much for this eloquent reminder of remaining present, fully, always – and especially while cooking, and offering the gift of nourishment to self and others. Namaste ~Gina

  2. Hi! *waving* thanks fro checking out my blog. 🙂 This year I’m focusing on the now and letting go of the past! I like the idea that there’s only now! My mum is very spiritual and believes this very much. Maybe its time I do too! Hugs from me to you! …….Paula xxx

  3. Wow, this requires focus and discipline. It is worth working on, for sure. We live in a world full of sound bites, where multi-tasking is the norm. But it fragments us, prevents us from focusing on one thing at a time, thereby preventing us from extracting optimal learning, enjoyment, and depth of understanding. We end up knowing any things vaguely, generally. But not deeply or thoroughly. Thank you.

    And thanks for dropping by my blog. I hope to see you on the blogosphere again.

    • Yes, and this fragmentation, and separateness is an underlying reason as to why the current status of the world which we have created of ourselves, is the way it is. In this age, everyone can use some stillness ^_^
      I’m glad that you enjoyed the post, and I hope to see you back again soon. And, no problem, I like your blog, so I will be back again for more 🙂

  4. I really enjoyed this. As someone who loves to cook, I too enjoy practicing mindfulness while doing so, and the experience of cooking with the steam, smell of spices, tactil sensations, etc. is a wonderful time to practice mindfulness. Thank you for sharing!

    • Great! Good to hear that you enjoyed it. Mindful cooking is something that I like to practice every day. Too much rushing in this world. Bringing the mind back fully into the things we do, is a great way to slow down, and presents an opportunity to see things as they truly are.
      Thank you for reading ^_^

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