I read an article on a blog recently in which the writer describes how she likes to cook without making noise. To be a quiet as she can in the kitchen. This is not because the rest of the household is asleep, but as an act of mindfulness and honesty as you cook.
It made a deep impact on me. I clatter and bang around the small kitchen in which I cook. Drawers open and are pushed shut. Pantry doors opened and closed, the fridge door too, without thinking, as I move on with the task. Dishes rattle in the sink. And we better not mention the saucepan cupboard.
Cooking always has been an act of meditation and service, a practice which brings mindfulness to the fore, as you cook love and health into the food being prepared. The practice of quietness in the Kitchen, a wonderful sadhana, heightens the mindfulness. Brings awareness to all tasks. The lowering of the decibels brings a peacefulness of being that was not there before. The quietness deepens the meditation of cooking. The focus now is on every act and every ingredient.
I love this practice. It slows me down, physically and mentally. The peacefulness extends to the food and to the rest of the house.
Once a person who cooked with music, often loud, and quickness, bruskness, over time I grew to prefer the sounds of nature and attention to the food. The act of quietness in the kitchen extends this, and is one that I will play with for quite some time.
Spend some time today just sitting and listening to the sounds of your house.
This will also be posted on Quiet Kitchen later today. Our Quiet blog posts thoughts, reflections and mindful observations from the Kitchen.