cooking with heart

This is a concept that seems to be more prevalent in other cultures than in the U.S., and I definitely believe in it. Cooking with heart….not cooking heart (which is also done in other cultures-sometimes it seems that other cultures use everything….every part of the animal and every part of the vegetable) but that’s another post…cooking with heart seems to add an extra quality to whatever is being cooked. Even with something as simple as making bread or soup, I find that when I am peaceful and loving when I cook, whatever I’m making turns out better. The biggest disasters have occurred when I was angry or distressed and was practically ¬†punishing the food by cooking it, as opposed to bringing out its best and its gifts and sharing them with others. I know there are people in my life and possibly reading this right now who are rolling their eyes and proclaiming, “what a nutcase!”…but it’s true. Allow the preparation of food to be like a meditation. Focus on the food and the gifts it has for us …along with the beauty and artistry of the process. Allow your mind to focus mindfully on what you are doing….pay attention…and let go of the bad day at work or the fight with your kids or whatever the politicians are ranting. Let go of all that and just focus on the beauty and simplicity of the task at hand. You are likely to find that cooking becomes one of the most calming and peaceful parts of your day.

About Helen Akinc

Writer: The Praeger Handbook for College Parents, Praeger Publishing, Dec. 31, 2009; Inter-cultural coach: Teaching Intercultural Competency Program for International Studies, Wake Forest University; speak Turkish, Cook: Very interested in ethnic cooking and am working on a Turkish cookbook;
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