The calming and meditative quality of cooking

This video below by Ryoya Takashima is calming and that is how cooking should be. The simple and repetitive tasks of slicing, heating up a frying pan, grilling and turning foods, can bring peace of mind when carried out in a relaxed and meditative way. Cooking is a creative and rewarding task that stimulates the senses, but too often, we rush into it or wonder if our guests will like the meal.

Cooking is an opportunity to relax and train your mind to be in the here and now. The next time you’re making something simple, like a salad or a sandwich (or a panini), switch off all potential distractors and focus on the ingredients and the process. Mindfulness while you cook can help give you a more serene experience in the kitchen and in your life.

Here’s the video and doesn’t that panini look delicious!

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Julie Zimmer

Julie has extensive experience in nursing practice and education in a wide range of fields from intensive/coronary care, to medical-surgical to community and public health. Julie has Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Nursing, and a Master’s Degree in Community Health Nursing Education. She has taught in faculties of nursing and in various communities in Toronto, Canada and in Geneva, Switzerland, and is a consultant to the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Julie also has years of experience teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) in addition to coordinating an English department in a Swiss private school.

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