Cooking with compassion

I’ve noticed that people are being a lot more appreciative of their food his week – we have stopped taking so much for granted. Let’s make use of the challenge and really nurture this appreciation!

Here are some of the challenges we’ve all had to face, and some ways of relating to them that can help us keep a positive mind:

Challenge: Queuing for the supermarket
Solution: I am actively helping and protecting the people in front of me in the queue right now. How wonderful that I can benefit others just by standing here!

Challenge: My favourite things are not in stock
Solution: I am going on a culinary adventure, and so many people are helping me to do it. Just think how many people have been involved in growing and transporting all these things – it’s a miracle we have so much available.

Challenge: I’m worried I won’t be able to feed myself or my familyMini Message Card - Web of Kindness
Solution:
Other people are very kind. I am not as isolated as I feel: our whole society is really pulling together to help and support each other. If I reach out for help, someone will be there.

Try these tips to stay focused on kindness and inter-connectedness – I hope it helps.

“Our sense that we are an island, an independent, self-sufficient individual, bears no relation to reality. It is closer to the truth to picture ourself as a cell in the vast body of life, distinct yet intimately bound up with all living beings. We cannot exist without others, and they in turn are affected by everything we do. The idea that it is possible to secure our own welfare whilst neglecting that of others, or even at the expense of others, is completely unrealistic.”

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso