“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake.” ― Francis Bacon
In this World there is always constant change and forward thinking. I am a huge fan of setting intentions and goal setting but, I also realize the importance of staying grounded and mindful of the present moment. I invite you to live the moment.
Accepting things for what and where they are allows for space to become more mindful and cultivate gratitude.
It can be challenging to focus on the present moment but, there are many ways that you can begin this practice and become more mindful of yourself and your surroundings. A step onto the path of embracing the present moment can start by beginning to develop a sense of awareness of what you eat and how it makes you feel.
Preparing a meal is a great example; many of us speed through the process to get to the end result, which is a sense of fullness. Allow yourself the time to fully experience and appreciate the act of preparing a home cooked meal, rather than rushing through it and multi-tasking.
Cooking with mindfulness
- Set up your kitchen to be clean and comfortable. Clear away the clutter and create an efficient area where you have everything you need. You can try lighting some candles and listening to music.
- Shift into the mindset from thinking, “I have to cook this meal” to “I get to prepare this meal”. This can do wonders in developing an appreciation for cooking.
- From the beginning observe all the senses; from when you select what you will prepare and gather the ingredients to creating the meal, and savoring it’s nurturing flavors.
- Work on cultivating gratitude for the selection and availability of foods, and begin to develop an appreciation for the farmers who grew it.
- Acknowledge all of the emotions you experience and become aware that as your body processes the meal and breaks it down it becomes part of you, making you stronger and healthier.