Mindfulness in the Kitchen

 My first session of Mindful Clutter Clearing has just come to a close, and I feel so inspired by the group that joined me on this journey. It is so true that the students often teach the teacher - in my case, simply by talking about mindfulness and clutter clearing with others, I've found myself completely reinvigorated! One area in my daily life that tends to continue to cause me stress (and perhaps it does for you, too?) is getting weeknight meals on the table. It can be such a struggle! So I decided to do something about it.

Instead of changing what I cook (because I do try to make an effort to make fresh meals using plenty of farmer's market produce) I focused on changing the atmosphere in the kitchen. Beginning with the counters: I learned while selling my home last year that clean counters can make all the difference in how your kitchen looks and feels. And in our current galley-size apartment kitchen, this is even more important. After clearing the counters, I replaced only a hefty wooden cutting board, linen dishtowel, vase of fresh eucalyptus, and a beeswax candle. Ahhh...

Next, I chose some extremely relaxing music to play in the background, because I find this can do so much to change how I'm feeling. Do you find that to be true, too? Having the right cooking music is key! With my new weeknight cooking routine of open counter space, a lit candle, and relaxing music, what was a stressful and rushed point in my day has become a moment for mindfulness and calm. I encourage you to give it a try!