The secret is out, food is spiritual, and not only that it is inspirational and alchemic. Orson Welles said “Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.” Oscar Wilde said “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” And Virginia Wolff was certain “One cannot think well, love well, and sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
No doubt about it nourishing others is a magical art, especially when you turn boring beans into a succulent, hot peppery stew, and you do it with the attributes of a wizard or sorceress, so does your kitchen literally glow with happiness? Is it bright and polished, a luminous, happy room? Do you have wholesome veggies in the fridge? Are the shelves stacked with cook books by the rock stars of culinary arts, Jamie Oliver, the Two Fat Ladies, or sexy Nigella Lawson?
By the way, you do not have to be a culinary whizz kid to be a great chef, a master of attractively presented dinners and yummy, exotic puddings. Of course, most of us love watching celeb cooks as they rustle up those delicacies simply because food is fundamental to our survival, as important as taxes and death, in fact many a Hollywood producer has cottoned on to food’s power with movies like “Babette’s Feast” and “Chocolat”.
Food transmits love, no two ways about it, your mum will tell you that as she rustles up the Sunday lunch. She knows that her loving feelings are conveyed by food, even if working mums have little time, they will do what they can on Sundays and more often than not be only too happy to cook your favourite meal because they know that simple pasta dish will make your heart sing louder than your taste buds.
All mums know well nourished children grow up well balanced, perform better at school, feel more confident. But the fact is not only children benefit from great food, and sometimes, when the food is especially well prepared, we sense a Higher Type of Love flowing through it, and that inspires us.
The sage and prophet Sri Chinmoy pays special attention to Spirit when he cooks, he realises that vegetables have feelings, even that they are pleased to serve us. If that sounds daft, read his amazing book “The Sri Chinmoy Family Vegetarian Cookbook” which explains why ingredients are so metaphysical.
The preface states, “In this book, we hope to share with our readers not only our favourite foods and how to prepare them, but also our feeling for the inseparable connection between outer and inner sustenance.”
Sri Chinmoy is India’s Consul General in San Francisco, and has created various spiritual and meditation groups and centres, which now extend to some sixty countries. He claims that food has consciousness? That a loving cook enables folks to feel healed and loved through that consciousness. In fact he sees cooking as yoga, so he does not talk as he throws ingredients into a frying pan; instead he accesses higher consciousness and channels that “universal knowing” into the food.
So will God step into our kitchen and prepare the food with us? If we cook the enlightened way, dedicating our hearts to some amazing crepes Suzette, may be, He will. In fact, it is probable our dish will ooze with divine energy as we put aside our ego, and create a truly cosmic-style platter with authentic care and devotion.
A loving cook will know the difference between good foods and bad. They will concentrate on organic and avoid frozen, canned, processed or pre prepared foods. They will always ensure that enough liquid is consumed before eating as they know over eating is due to a toxic state, perhaps we are anxious or tired, certainly dehydration causes hunger pangs.
A spiritual cook’s home will have pure mineral water in the fridge, some organic herb teas on the shelf, and some homemade fruit juice on the ready. Fruit juice concentrates bought off the shelf will be avoided as they are full of sugar and additives.
If you are a spiritual cook’s house guest, you can expect fruit for breakfast, as they these folks ted to avoid wheat plus milky coffees that curdle the stomach in the early hours. A wonderful raw salad will be presented at midday, perhaps with soya and root vegetables thrown in, or mixed with sprouted grains which literally burst with life energy.
The evening meal might be a delicious and light rice dish, or vegetable soup. The food will always be yummy, and if you are lucky, sometimes a spiritual cook specialises in Indian cooking using flavoured ingredients that melt the taste buds.
Good cooks are artists; they rustle up colourful, inspiring, thought provoking dishes. However, if that third equation does not pop into the pot, that love equation, the food will not make our hearts sing. Of course you do not have to be “spiritual” in the conservative sense to be a great cook, but if you love others, want to see then happy, you will inspire with your kind, and caring dishes, dishes that will not only be finger licking good, but proof of the spiritual pudding, which is always in the eating!
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