06 January 2014

4 Reasons Why You Should Learn to Cook

  1. Have fun.
    • Unleash your creativity through exploring unlimited food possibilities.
    • Cook with your significant other (or woo one your way ;-).
    • Host family and friends to share an ancient human ritual and universal bonding experience.
  2. Be healthier.
    • Know what's in what you are eating and how it was prepared.
    • [see Michael Pollan's talk in the video embedded below]
      • "Eat anything you want, just cook it yourself."
      • "Poor women who cook have healthier diets than wealthy women who don't.
    • [see article The only way to defeat the food industry: Cook more]
      • "Stop worrying about the food industry, stop worrying about fast food. Just don’t eat it. Cook more.
  3. Save money.
  4. Connect with Mother Nature.
    • "...cuisine is the most important link between nature and culture." Alex Atala, world-famous Brazilian chef.
    • Explore the abundance and diversity of ingredients and food possibilities in this wonderful world we live in, learn more about them and understand where they come from, and enjoy the amazing things you can create with food to nourish your mind, body, and soul.
Bon app├ętit!

15 May 2013

Overcoming My Ego + Releasing What Was

Many times I have struggled to let go of the identity that I created not only for internal reasons, but also because of ego and worry about how I will be perceived by others.  Example internal voice scenario:

I said I was X, believe X to be true, or that I was going to do X. What will happen if I do something or become someone different?

Who cares? I need to realize that situations, realities, and what is "right” can all change (and quite frequently do). With the moral courage and resolve to overcome my internal struggle and not be preoccupied by how things may or will be perceived externally I can pursue the path that makes the most sense in that moment based on the current reality.

Furthermore, I have found instances when my time being connected to a certain person, group, way of thinking, or ontological path has come to its end. It can be a painful process to let go of people, communities, ideas, or behaviors – but this is necessary at times and closing those doors allows the opening of new doors of opportunity that create the possibility for new relationships, experiences, insights, and ways of being.

Thanks to Didier Marlier of Enablers Network for inspiring this reflection through his post "The Crossing of The Threshold."