Using the power of baking and cooking, as mindfulness activities, are excellent ways to practice mindfulness…as I’ve seen many people do throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. The fact is, baking and cooking are relatively easy activities that you can do on your own, or with others. I grew up in a small town with not very many bakeries or restaurants. If I wanted to indulge in fine cuisine or baked goods, we had to drive an hour and half east to the beautiful city of Montreal.
From a young age my mom baked my birthday cakes, and I had the luxury of watching my mom do a little bit of fancy piping work…nothing I ever got the guts to attempt myself. My mom even took baking courses. Experiencing this creativity in the kitchen fueled my natural interest to be more hands-on with my daughter.
Today, baking and cooking give me free time to retreat into my own mental space, without the obligation to say a word. I enjoy the simple moments.
I continue to pursue my passion for food by teaching my clients the art of mindfulness and mindful eating (see Facebook Live on Sunday, July 14th), as well as teaching my daughter these same concepts and principles.
I started my blog, in 2016, as a personal project during the beginning phase of my entrepreneurial journey to help people become more aware of the power of their minds as a tool to become more healthy and reach their true potential. I wanted to help people achieve peak states of emotional performance.
I’ve always loved the inner workings of the mind and I’ve mostly enjoyed working with people who evolve in their own identity as mindful beings.
After about 2 years of slow blogging, and working as a health coach, I decided to pursue my passion for writing and content creation a little more deeply and created a podcast, Satori Radio, and created a digital version of my original 8-session 1-1 coaching program.
Satori Radio went from a few episodes every other week to its own project.
Today’s version of that 1-1 program has morphed into a digital 6-module version, called The Pro-Mind Experience. I went from drafting an outline of what I coach to a burning desire to grow a community of Mindful Clinicians, interested in putting my strategies to good use.
And all of this creativity was sparked through those quiet moments of baking and mindfulness.
Of course, I love teaching all the benefits of everyday mindfulness, along with strategies for living a healthy lifestyle, with improved self-care and wellness. These are my passions! So teaching them through video seemed like the next step for me, because I could reach a larger audience. But all of these goals wouldn’t have come to fruition without many hours of meditation and contemplation.
How did I find the time for contemplation?
When I bake, I find solace in my actions. I can even do this with my daughter, and yes, I can still contemplate and create goals while being with her. I can use the power of visualization at the same time as well.
How Can I Be Mindful With Other People?
Because I’ve trained my mind to be in the moment. And while I’m in the moment of baking, and enjoying the sensation of cookie dough on my hands, and chatting with my bright and charming 8-year old, I am growing.
What do you do to find time for yourself and contemplate?
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Relevant Podcast Episodes:
Episode 14 – Top 5 Myths of Meditation
Episode 21 – 3 Ways To Build A Healthy Routine (cheatsheet available below)
Episode 22 – Deconstructing Routines & Changing Daily Habits
Episode 33 – 5 Interesting Facts About Meditation