Good morning, my sweets! How is everyone doing today? I hope great. Getting ready to travel? Having family over? Stressing out about cooking Thanksgiving Dinner? Well, I actually hate to cook. I don’t know if anyone else is like that but….I run across something this morning I would like to share with you(just in case you are like me, lol!). It is a simple meditation that hopefully make your cooking experience a little bit more pleasant. Keyword, “hopefully.”
Rather than viewing cooking as a chore, treat it as an opportunity to practice the meditative technique of mindfulness, or full alertness to the present moment. You will find that it makes cooking more enjoyable and enriching. As you prepare and cook the food, feast your senses on the hues, shapes, textures and smells of the ingredients–for example, the rich golden sheen of the turkey, the honeyed perfume of a pumpkin. Perform each action with deliberation and care as though partaking in a ritual act. Before serving the meal, give thanks for the food and the presence of the guests with who you will share it.
If that don’t work, do like I do. Wipe the sweat from your brow. Throw the food on the table and tell them how you slaved over a hot stove all day and all night. So you better eat up or else I am going to beat you with a drumstick, lol! Just kidding, I wouldn’t beat anyone with a drumstick or would I?
Now let’s get to work.
*An afterthought* When you are preparing that turkey, stop for a moment and thank the turkey and honor its spirit. You can say it silently and it doesn’t have to be any elaborate, just a simple thank you will do. In my case, I always apologize to the turkey. I know it sounds crazy but I do. I apologize for the turkey having to be killed so we can eat. I honor the turkey’s spirit by saying a little prayer to the Gods to thank them for providing us with the turkey that we have to eat. I also ask them to bless the turkey’s spirit. After that is said I light a small sweet smelling candle in honor of the turkey and the feast to come. With the blessing said, the spirit of the turkey honored and the sweet smelling candle burning, you will forget you hate cooking and all the work you have put into preparing the Thanksgiving feast. Give it a try and see what a difference it makes this year. Put a little Celtic flare in your Thanksgiving this year!