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cooking as a mindfulness practice

awareness in daily life

For those who want to practice mindfulness in daily life to open up to the awareness of the present moment: the sensations in our body, the thoughts we identify with, the stories we tell ourselves while doing so, and our emotional patterns and reactions.

From there we learn how to cultivate a deeper, more authentic and loving relationship with ourselves and others.

 the project initiators

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  • We develop food preparation into a daily meditative practice of mindfulness.
     

  • We focus on the simple little tasks of everyday life to transform them into precious moments of calm, relaxation and grounding.
     

  • We want to cultivate healthy and benevolent daily practices that can make an effective contribution to our growth and that of a more loving, supportive and peaceful world.

what is meditation for us?

What is meditation for us?

Meditation for us is a time when we consciously practise focusing our attention on the present moment - on what is at this very moment, here and now.

This present moment is the only moment in which everything happens, in which life really takes place. We can no more change the past. We cannot yet know the future. Life unfolds only in the here and now. And only in the here and now can we get in touch with ourselves, pay attention to the sensations and feelings of our body and explore the true nature of our mind.

For us meditation is not separated from life. It is a practice that helps us to live more consciously in the unity of body and mind. Thus, we can better develop the potential that this unity offers us.

rumi 

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

How did we get the idea to develop food preparation into a mindfulness practice?

When we look deeply at such ordinary things as food preparation, we discover that they can only happen in the present moment - in the here and now: I wash the vegetables - while I wash them. I cut a tomato the moment I slice it.

 

Most of the time we do these small and ordinary tasks while our attention is elsewhere. We call these activities ordinary because they are repetitive and automatic in our lives, so most of the time we can do them without being fully present in what we are doing. That's why it happens that my hands cut tomatoes while my thoughts travel back and forth between the past and the future: for example, to what I experienced in the office a few hours before. Or to what I want to do after dinner.
 

In such moments, my mind and body are separated from each other and busy with different tasks. I miss a valuable opportunity to reunite them and to experience all the benefits of their unity.

Why is it important to bring body and mind together?

Our experience tells us that when we consciously connect body and mind, there is so much to discover:

> By focusing my attention on the body, I first learn to ground myself and calm my mind and body. In this way, I enable myself to relax and be serene.

 

> As through muddy, troubled water, it is very difficult to see clearly when I am restless and agitated. Only through calm and stillness my ability grows to see things "as they really are". Only through calm and stillness can I act effectively.

 

> The moment I begin to see things more clearly and act in a more balanced way, my relationship to the outside world changes. This outside world, which in turn is determined by my relationship to it, changes in a "miraculous" way - because I change.

 

Thus we return again to the quote by Rumi: By changing my relationship to reality, I realize how the extra-ordinary and the ordinary are inseparable; how the ordinary and the extra-ordinary are interwoven. Through this change I find wisdom, and this wisdom keeps me in constant change.

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BERLIN, Germany

  • Sun. 21st of January 2024, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Open House - by appointment only
     

  • Sun. 18th of February 2024, 3 pm - 7 pm

  • Sun. 17th of March, 2024, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  • Sun. 28th of April 2024, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

  • Sun. 19th of May 2024, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Pastamadre, Groninger Str. 48, Wedding Berlin


#BeyondRecipes
cooking as a practice of mindfulness
with Maria-Lucrezia, Frank and Nico

Workshops in German and English

Maria-Lucrezia teaches us how to use food preparation as an important moment to slow down, return to the body and its needs, and look more deeply at reality: a practice of mindfulness and daily awareness to transform the relationship we have with ourselves and the world around us.

Frank guides us through sitting meditations, teaching us to explore our bodies from the inside out and become aware of the nature of our minds.

Nico invites us to experience the benefits of sound meditations, the strength of vibrations and their effects on a physical and energetic level.

          pastamadre

APULIA, Italy

  • Sunday 9th to Friday 14th of June 2024
    (5 nights)
    Arrival  Sunday 9th June until 5:00 pm
    Departure Friday 14th June um 10:00 am
     

SOHAM RETREAT CENTRE, Contrada Portarino,72014 Cisternino (Brindisi)

#BeyondRecipes
cooking as a mindfulness practice
with Maria-Lucrezia, Frank,  Nico.

Retreat in English and German
 

The retreat moves within the triangle of meditative practice - sustainable lifestyle - the art of Cucina Povera. How does this fit together? Through a more conscious and loving approach – to ourselves and the world around us!

Being present with all 5 senses!

Maria-Lucrezia shows us how the preparation of food can be transformed into a practice of mindfulness and helps us to awaken and consciously perceive the energy (Qi) of the body with Qi Gong exercises.

Frank guides us in different ways to a finer inner perception through silent and dynamic meditations.

Nico uses the vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls and gongs to bring us into contact with the vibrations of life energy.

      soham retreat center

APULIA, Italy

  • New dates coming soon!
     

CASINA SETTARTE, Contrada La Chiusa
72017 Ostuni
 

#BeyondRecipes
awareness in daily practice
with Maria-Lucrezia, Frank, Francesco, Nico.

Retreat in English and German
 

The retreat moves within the triangle of meditative practice - sustainable lifestyle - the art of Cucina Povera. How does this fit together? Through a more conscious and loving approach – to ourselves and the world around us!

Being present with all 5 senses!

Maria-Lucrezia shows us how the preparation of food can be transformed into a practice of conscious being.

Frank guides us in different ways to a finer inner perception through silent and dynamic meditations.

Francesco helps us to awaken and consciously perceive the energy (Qi) of the body with Qi Gong exercises.

Nico uses the vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls and gongs to bring us into contact with the vibrations of life energy.

          casina settarte

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