By Dr. Deb Kern
I am a single, working mom and I don’t enjoy cooking. There. I said it. And yet, my heart longs to create nourishing dishes for my family and myself … and every aspect of my being recognizes the sacred responsibility of preparing food. I mean, two of my favorite movies of all time are “Like Water for Chocolate” and “Babettes’ Feast.” I really get it! So what’s a busy, culinary-challenged goddess like me to do? Make the cooking experience sacred, sensual and satisfying ... without taking any extra time.
Here’s what I do:
Create sacred space
Awaken the senses
Infuse the food with gratitude, healing and love
Creating sacred space:
When we create sacred space, we leave behind the affairs of ordinary life and enter a quiet inner world that is light and unhurried. What I love about this step is that it creates healing for me as I prepare food myself and others! It can be as simple as wiping the counters with a beautifully-scented cleaning spray and setting out some flowers in a vase or as complex as tending to the Feng Shui of each area of the kitchen. It doesn’t have to take more than 60 seconds—it could take hours. Let your desire guide you.
Awaken the senses:
So often, I am rushing into the kitchen, still talking into my headset on a conference call, trying to get something (anything!) ready in time for dinner. What changed that for me was to ask myself to use as many senses as possible while cooking. See the colors and shapes of the ingredients. Listen to the crisp sounds of the knife and the sizzling or bubbling in the pan. Feel the textures as I handle each item and taste tiny bites as I go along.
The more I’ve practiced this, the easier it has become to take a moment to smell each spice as it is added and then appreciate the rich aromas as the food cooks. It’s not possible to do this while multitasking, so it may take a bit of discipline. But I can promise that the experience of preparing and then enjoying a meal will be magnified if you do this.
Infuse the food with gratitude, healing and love:
Using all your senses sets you up for appreciation and gratitude. It’s easy to feel grateful when you receive so much sensual pleasure from your food. So as you do this, simply add silent prayers of gratitude. Gratitude for the rain and sun that nourished the food and for the hands that grew, harvested and transported it for you to use.
Then, as it cooks (or if it is raw … as you arrange it) infuse it with healing love. My favorite way to infuse food with healing love is to chant as I move around the kitchen. You can sing your favorite hymn or song. My favorite chant to use while cooking is “Om Shree Dhanvantre Namaha” which honors the Divine Healer. I simply play Deva Premal’s rendition and sing along with her as I imagine infusing my food with divine healing love.
Dr. Deb Kern
Health Scientist and Movement Goddess
Deb Kern, Ph.D. is a teacher of vision, a sought-after intuitive guide, health scientist, author and speaker. She shares her many modalities of healing and insight with women of all ages in her retreats and workshops, and offers one-on-one Divine Your Life sessions with true soul seekers from all over the world. Connect with Dr. Deb Kern at DrDebKern.com.