It has been a Spring of many seasons - lovely warm freckle making days followed by icy cold chapped lips inducing ones! I have had a bit of craic dabbling in fermenting vegetables and mixing mouth watering pestos. It has struck me how the preparation of food is a real vehicle for exploring all your senses and practicing awareness and in the moment living.
Don't get me wrong there are evenings I throw a random selection of ingredients in a pot in a hurry....just to get it done. But I try to set a time aside to actually follow a plan ( mine or someone else's) in the preparation. When I say plan - the plan is only that I am not rushing and trying to feed the world and it's meat eating mother at the one time.
It is when I say I have this time, I have these ingredients, I have this equipment. In these occasions I enjoy the process so much more - the colours are more vivid, the smells more inviting, the mechanics of chopping, reaching, stirring, lifting more interesting, the sounds of the pots, the boil more acceptable. See the mad pink stuff - Kvass and the gooey green stuff - wild garlic pesto!!
So maybe your yoga for today is to smell the food, observe your multi-functioning hands, feel the texture of the ingredients, see the colours, taste the results of your efforts. Mindful Moments - Yoga everyday.