The Art of Cooking and Eating with Gratitude

Love your food!

They say that we get messages for our life from all sorts of places if only we are open to receiving them.

It is all about the law of attraction principle – you get back what you put out. You attract what you focus on…

Yesterday in my local garden centre which has also has an excellent organic foodstore and cookery shop, I saw a book that just jumped out at me.

It was simply called “I am grateful” and is a beautiful recipe book created by the founders of “Cafe Gratitude” in San Francisco. Their whole approach is based on abundance thinking and the preparation of raw food cooked with a lot of love and positive vibes.

The name of the cafe alone is enough to raise your energy. I have learnt that it is so important to prepare food in a positive atmosphere, free of negative energy and emotions. Remember how often some food you have cooked has tasted divine when you have cooked it whilst in high spirits. Conversely, nowadays the food we cook seems stale and without energy or “prana” as we tend to prepare the food in a hurry, so we can move on to our next task, objective or meeting.

Here is something to consider next time you cook. Switch off all distractions such as the tv, radio, mobile phone. If you like, you can have some soft soothing background music. Clear your mind of all stresses, and have the intention to enjoy the cooking process.

Get all the ingredients and utensils ready beforehand so there is no chance of getting stressed during the cooking. Then whilst cooking just focus on positive thoughts and enjoy the process. Of course if you use fresh ingredients, the final result will be even better.

And so what was the message for me in seeing the book yesterday? Well, for a start I know it is time for me to begin to take greater care of myself once again and also to enjoy my food even more than before.

So from tomorrow, I shall be embarking on an odyssey of gourmet homecooking and the use of the best ingredients 🙂

What will YOU start doing from today to begin to enjoy your food and life even more?

What will YOU begin to attract in your life from today?

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  1. I love these spiritual thoughts every religion in the world speaks of the power of thought and love. brahma kumaris for one know the importance of food and the person who does the cooking is usually one of the senior meditation yogis who keep that rememberence whilst cooking and its the most holistically nutritional food.

  2. Thank you for your comment Jasvir and welcome to my blog.

    I have been around the brahma kumaris for many years now as both my parents have been on that path for almost 30 years.

    Many a time I have had the privilege to have eaten with BKs and the food always tastes divine.

  3. Hi again Jasvir,

    You will love this recipe – something I learnt at the BK centre in Willesden (Global House):-

    https://arvinddevalia.com/blog/2007/01/31/amenana-%e2%80%93-food-of-the-gods/

    Enjoy!

    Love and gratitude

    Arvind

  4. Hi!

    Your post makes me think about how I could really cook differently. I mean I cook the same things in the same way anyway – why not make it fun?

    So I have decided that for the next 3 meals I cook, I will do something unique and different in each meal. This could mean cutting vegetables in a different shape, combining different ingredients – anything different that strikes me.

    Thank you! 🙂

    • Thanks Megashyam for your feedback – as you say, why not make cooking fun?!

      Do come back and share with us how you get on with your new approach to cooking.

      Maybe you can write a post on your blog about this?

      Enjoy!

  5. Arvind, your word made a great impact on me. This spring and summer I’ve been really enjoying buying beautiful fruits and vegetables and other food and cooking dinner for my BF and for myself.

    Both of us have type 2 diabetes, but our healthful, nutritious diet (along with exercise) help us both to control it quite well. And this is all without sacrifice. (I’ve given up certain bad foods like spare-ribs over the years, but I don’t miss them at all.) There really is something wonderful about cooking a great meal and eating it while we talk, drink a little wine, and listen to music.

    • Thanks Madeleine, I am so glad my words made a big impact on you 🙂

      What I have learnt is that just by adjusting a few things in your meal practice, you can make a huge difference to the quality of your food and ultimately your life.

      I have a friend whose father was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 70 – but within just 6 months he had “cured” himself through a strict regime of excercise and healthy eating.

      This shows just how we are what we eat and how we can actually heal ourselves.

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