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Mindful : October 2019
was able to see that I could soften it with the soothing milk of kindness. So I gave myself space to pause and take a mellowing, nutritious breath (and I reduced my caffeine intake for the day). Just like with cooking, you invite deliciousness and mastery when you take a moment to assess the ingredients you have on hand before diving into the action. If you notice edg- iness, irritation, or anger in the mix, consider how you might moderate their impact—or even, when the time is right, let them shine with their characteristic zing. In the right proportion, edginess can be motivating. If investigated with kindness and nonjudgment, anger can signal a line that’s being crossed or that you need some self-care. The famil- iar taste of anxiety can be a reminder to reconnect with home and hearth, soul food, and soothing. As you create your recipe for a nourishing day, you’ll want to check in with the seasoning, the textures, the balance of flavors, and adjust accordingly. If, say, you find yourself alone EACH MOMENT OFFERS US A RICH SPREAD OF INGREDIENTS AND OPTIONS. WE MIGHT FIND SOME EXPERI- ENCES MORE DELEC- TABLE OR DESIRABLE THAN OTHERS, BUT IT’S UP TO US TO DECIDE HOW WE WORK WITH THEM, DOING THE BEST WITH WHAT WE HAVE. and awkward in a social situation, try a few sprinkles of warmth and friendliness. If you notice exhaustion bubbling in the pot, you might fold in some mindful breathing, take a nap, or, if you have time, maybe enjoy a movie. We each have our own needs, our own tastes, our own knowledge and ex- perience, and there is more than one way to compose a cassoulet. It’s all about staying tuned in to what’s cooking, and nurturing vir- tuosity in the balancing act of flavor and savor. One of the fun things about MasterChef is that the contestants aren’t profes- sional cooks. They’re ama- teurs who aspire to develop mastery in a new field. Few of us are born chefs (except maybe Jamie Oliver). The rest of us have to learn how not to overmix the muf- fin dough, undercook the beans, or burn down the kitchen. Don’t worry if you find some ingredients more challenging to work with than others. Relax, focus on the main ingredient, and let yourself tinker and learn what works and what doesn’t. When you welcome whatever experiences arise you can relish them all, so eat, burn, and pray! As you come to recognize the ingredients of your days, you might become aware of moments when certain encounters make you feel light as a soufflé, dark as chocolate, or as earthy as a mushroom. You can be there for it all, invite an abundant range of flavors, and develop a whole reper- toire of tasty techniques to work with life’s sumptuous pantry of strange and famil- iar delights. ● “MCS classes are unique. The experiential and cognitive teachings along with the practice of mindfulness, wellness and somatic coaching emphasize how to help clients tap into their own wisdom. The small classes provide per- sonalized attention and a nurturing community of peers. This training has made me a better coach coach and also enhanced my life personally - as we worked on ourselves along the way.” – Victoria Fontana, M.A. Ed., ACC Madrid, Spain +1.505.906.6700 www.MindfulnessCoachingSchool.com Join mindfulness practitioners from around the world for lively and contemplative online classes and more. For coaches and non-coaches alike. Mindfulness Coaching School 32 mindful October 2019 inner wisdom