Hello SOTGC community,
Lately I have been reconnecting with the absolute love I have for cooking. Over the years I had somehow forgotten how much joy it brings me. I had forgotten the sense of peace that occurs while chopping and slicing and stirring. I had forgotten how good it feels to infuse the food I make for my family with love. Somewhere along the line, cooking had become a chore, a part of a list of many things I have to do throughout my days. I searched for easy and simple solutions, made the same things over and over again out of habit, and stopped taking risks and experimenting with new recipes. I had completely lost touch with loving what I do.
We all have certain things in our daily lives that are required of us. Over time, doing the same thing over and over can seem monotonous, boring, and even annoying. We may begin to rely on autopilot, not even taking the time to connect with the task in front of us. We rely on habits and simple solutions to get the task done. We find ourselves getting through as quickly as we can in order to move on to the more important things in our day. It is so easy for us not to be present with these types of activities, so easy to get lost in our thoughts and be somewhere other than where we are.
As a mom, cooking has been one of these activities for me as it is something I must do at least twice a day. I have gotten caught up in the mindlessness of it and at times have felt annoyed by even having to do it at all. In making a conscious effort to remain present, I have connected with the absolute gift that cooking really is. There is so much happening in the simple act of cooking food, for one self and ones family. The simple daily chore of cooking allows me to create, give sustenance, and provide love. In being present, I am able to make this simple act a meditation or offering that nurtures my spirit as well.
I think that this holds true for any activity that we find ourselves getting lost in. If we can find a way to make conscious intentions to remain present and fully available during our tasks I think that we can rediscover the love we have for many activities we believe we have grown to dislike. It’s all a part of holding onto that childlike spirit of curiosity and innocence, greeting each task with excitement and wonder, allowing ourselves to be enriched in whatever is being offered. Take some time to stop throughout your day and notice what you are doing. In that moment, make a shift from your perception of having to do a chore to one of gratitude for the gift of that activity. See where it takes you…..