How to Cook Your Life
"Is food precious? Is food worth caring about? Are you precious? Are you worth caring about?"
It's well worth seeing ...
I won't really talk about the movie because I don't want to risk ruining it for those of you planning or inspired to see it. It did, of course, make me think about the spirituality of food and cooking. Food has helped me in so many ways. Among the best ways:
1. Food and cooking made me like my mom again.
2. Food and cooking made me feel valuable.
3. Food and cooking made me feel sexy.
4. Food and cooking challenge me, both creatively and intellectually.
5. Food and cooking nourish my body and spirit.
6. Food and cooking have started many awesome conversations.
7. Food and cooking have made me many new friends, and strengthened and spiced old friendships.
8. Food and cooking give my hands, head, and heart something to do.
9. Food and cooking have helped me "give back."
10. Food and cooking have embedded my ancestors' culture into my current culture.
I think so much about food because it's had such an impact on my life. It has an impact on everyones' lives, regardless of whether or not they want to put any thought into it. One of the main ideas the movie portrays is to make your motions with intention--apply the idea to everything from baking bread to walking to just living in the day. One baking/Zen practitioner mentioned that when people asked him how he was, he'd reply, "I'm baking." It made me think of the almost out-of-body, euphoric sensation I'd have when watching someone write or create art, or when I myself would write or create art, and these days, cook. I didn't realize until I saw that scene in the documentary that those moments could possibly be related to Zen.