Consciousness In The Kitchen – Cooking With Love


In today’s information age, we are continuously bombarded with details about the physical aspects of what we eat and the effects that different ingredients may or may not have on us, and naturally this is important. But in this heap of information, we tend to overlook one crucial factor: the consciousness (state of mind) of the person cooking and the effect that this will have upon the food, and thus also on those who eat it. A cook prepares food in a physical place, but also in a spiritual or inner space. And just as the physical surroundings are best kept clean and in order, so should be the state of mind of those in the kitchen. A simple and familiar example of this concept at work can be seen in the way that home cooking, especially that of one’s mother, holds a special place in our hearts. The love and care with which it is prepared sometimes gives us more joy than perhaps food eaten in a restaurant setting where food may be prepared with greater technical skills but where stress, arrogance and greed (in the restaurant environment) may flavour the dish of the day.

Having prepared food with attention (which we have explained over the last two days), the Brahma Kumaris’ practice is then to offer the freshly-prepared meal to the Supreme Soul (we call it offering “bhog” to the Supreme Father). Expressing gratitude in this way serves to increase the spiritual quality of the food and deepen the individual’s personal relationship with the Divine, while also creating a powerful, shared spiritual experience. On a very practical level, it will also help the body to prepare itself to receive and digest food. Of course, the last step is to eat, and this, too, is best done in a peaceful, unhurried and harmonious state of mind and environment: we are what we eat and also how we eat. The information which we have shared in this and the last two days messages does not pretend to be a complete guide to cooking with a spiritual touch, which would be beyond our scope. However, whether you are a new, aspiring or trained cook, we hope that the information, with its emphasis on the soul as well as the body, will bring an added dimension to your kitchen and dining table. Cooking, and eating, should be a joyful and significant experience. So cook and enjoy!

Anger Management And Prevention


To get freedom from anger, you need to stop trying to control other people, events and the world in general and accept them exactly as they are at a particular moment. In the meantime, since most of us have learned and developed the deep habit of becoming angry regularly, given below is a stepwise method that, over a period of time, will help you manage and overcome anger completely.

1. Realization

By increasing your self-realization, you will start to notice the anger in its initial stage, e.g. irritation is the first warning that there is a disturbance in your mind. When you do start to experience the irritation emerging, go to the next step.

2. Recognition

Recognize the fact that you and only you are completely responsible for creating your irritation. Make sure not to become irritated at yourself for becoming irritated!

3. Acceptance

Accept and welcome the irritation’s presence, do not resist it, otherwise it will only become stronger and you are likely to suppress it.

4. Detachment

Now detach yourself from the emotion and just observe it. Remember, you are not your emotions. All emotions die under observation. You are the creator and it is your creation. Don’t identify with the emotion.

5. Tune In

The quietest place in a storm is at its centre. And so it is with the storm of emotion. The quietest place is at the centre, which is the heart of your own consciousness. The technique of Rajyoga meditation (as taught by the Brahma Kumaris) teaches you how to go there and connect with the Supreme Soul and discover your inner peace and power.

After following the stepwise method to overcome anger (as explained yesterday and today), at the end of the day, check yourself as to how well you implemented these steps in real life situations to overcome your anger. You may not be able to go through all the steps right away, but for a particular situation, your thoughts while checking yourself, could be: “This afternoon, I did experience a feeling of irritation arising inside me when Mr. Gupta visited me in my office, so I did realize the irritation. I recognized and took responsibility for it, and did not get angry with him. But instead of accepting the presence of the irritation, I began to oppose and thereby suppress it. As a result it worsened by the evening. So tomorrow I will work more on the third step i.e. Acceptance and experience true inner peace.”

Re-Discovering Inner Treasures


Whenever the situation or atmosphere becomes polluted with tension, sorrow, or negativity of any type, withdraw immediately into the self and dive deep into the ocean of sanskaras, picking up the pearls of peace and contentment. Come back to that situation feeling refreshed, calm and clear, with the strength to deal with any circumstances. The process of self-introspection (self observation) need only take a few moments.

Meditation

Let the intellect focus on the following thoughts and reading over them slowly, go deeply into the experience of each state being described:

The soul is a point of energy, weightless and light situated at the center of the forehead… Let the intellect see deeper into the self and emerge the memory of the stillness of the original state of the soul, a state full of love, peace and bliss… Let the outside world continue on its way, but for a few moments be detached from it… turn within, and enjoy the inner treasures… of calmness, of peace, a very pure experience… the peaceful soul can more easily gather together its inner powers… Peace itself is a rare power… just sitting and feeling still, experience the refreshment and restoration of strength to the intellect… the cleansing of the mind.

Understanding The Mental Laws


The Law of Focus and Attention

Wherever we focus our attention is where our thoughts are directed with most frequency and interest. Thus energy is produced in this direction, whether positive and beneficial energy or negative and harmful energy. If we have a complicated mind, which thinks too much about certain things unnecessarily, our attention may be led towards the obstacles, problems, upsets and the things we worry about from a critical and negative viewpoint. By paying more attention to difficulties and problems, we feed these types of thoughts with our attention, so that we end up attracting these situations towards us. Finally, the problems and obstacles absorb us due to the amount of energy we have invested in them, turning what was perhaps a molehill (something very small) into a mountain. The situation does not necessarily change immediately on changing our attitude. With this inner change, however, we will have more energy, clarity and determination to face up to and change the situation. When we focus on seeking solutions to problems and difficulties with a positive and enthusiastic attitude, we attract positive energy towards us, and this helps us transform mountains into molehills.

If our attention is focused on people’s defects and weaknesses, we transmit energy to these aspects and strengthen these weaknesses in the other person and in ourselves. If, on the other hand, our attention is directed at the positive aspects of others, we reinforce these qualities and virtues and help this person express them, which is also beneficial to us.

Our personality is made up of a series of values, beliefs and habits. If we wish to transfer our energy to new and positive aspects of ourselves, we must choose the personality traits that we want to emerge from us, focusing our time and energy on them and, in this way, this virtue, value or quality will manifest itself in our life.

Positivity And Health


The target organ in a physical body is the organ, which is most prone to disease. It is determined by a mixture of genetic, background and environment factors (internal & external), which in turn are decided by good or bad actions in past births. Bad actions consume the spiritual energy & good actions increase the spiritual energy. Bad actions performed by a particular organ system in a particular birth leads to decrease in nourishing spiritual energy from the soul to that particular organ system, which in turn leads to development of disease in the organ system over a period of time. Mind acts as a sieve between the soul & physical body. Negative mental energy blocks the sieve of mind thereby blocking the flow of spiritual energy (peace, love etc.,) from the soul to the target organ. It also attracts microbes e.g.: bacteria, viruses, etc., oxidants, toxins towards cells of the target organ in the physical body, which damages the immune system thereby leading to disease over a period of time & disease consciousness. Positive mental energy opens the sieve of mind thereby increasing the flow of spiritual energy (peace, love etc.) from the soul to the target organ. It protects the cells of the target organ in the physical body from microbes e.g. bacteria, viruses, oxidants, toxins etc. It attracts healing proteins, molecules and anti-oxidants and boosts the immune system thereby leading to rapid recovery from disease and health-consciousness.

Stress Management


Most of us have learned to believe some stress is both natural and necessary. One of the most powerful illusions (false beliefs), which keep us locked in a stressful lifestyle, is the idea that our stress is caused by circumstances, events and other people. As long as you think this way you will always be in self-created pain. Some people have been in pain for so long they cannot imagine being pain free, and real relaxation is a dim and distant memory. So they justify their pain as a natural part of living and then feel that others are a cause of this pain. This is dangerous. To listen to the messenger of pain means seeing and acknowledging our stress as our own creation. It is the result of how we respond to the uncontrollables in life i.e. circumstances, events and other people. No one else creates our responses. If you can see and accept that you create your own stress according to how you are responding, you will then see that there is something you need to unlearn as well as learn. The old response needs to be unlearned, and a new positive response needs to be learned. The regular practice of meditation enables you to do that and become free from stress. If we want to change a habit, then where do we start? In other words, where do we change the system or how do we get out of the cycle? First of all, we can try changing our negative actions: for example, stop a negative habit like smoking. In many cases, although we change our behaviour, but because we have not understood deeply why we wanted to do it, is quite possible that one day we will go back to this old habit.

Self Introspection (Self-Observation)


Meditation is the process of getting to know myself completely, both who l am ‘inside’ and how I react to what is ‘outside’. Through meditation, I discover a very different ‘me’ from perhaps the stressed or troubled person who may seem to be ‘me’. I realise that my true nature, the real me, is actually very positive. I begin to discover an ocean of peace right here on my own doorstep.The simplest definition of meditation is: the right use of the mind or positive thinking. It is not to prevent thoughts from arising in the mind, but to use them correctly. This is the principle of Rajyoga meditation taught by the Brahma Kumaris.

Meditation should be done for ten minutes at least two times a day. The best time is in the morning after a wash or shower, before you begin your day’s activities. Another good time is in the evening, when your day’s activities are over.

Sitting in a comfortable position with the back straight and read over the following words slowly and silently. Aim to experience and visualise them in your mind so that you begin to feel what is being described:

Let me imagine that nothing exists outside this room……..
I feel completely isolated (separated) from the outside world and free to explore my inner world……..
I turn all my attention inward, concentrating my thought energy on the centre of the forehead……..
I feel disconnected from my physical body and the physical surroundings……..
I become aware of the stillness (peace) around me and within me……..
I begin to feel a sense of natural peacefulness……..
Waves of peace gentle wash over me, removing any restlessness (uneasiness) and tension from my mind……..
I concentrate on this feeling of deep peace……..

just peace……..
I…….. am…….. peace……..
Peace is my true state of being……..
My mind becomes very calm and clear……..
I feel easy and content (satisfied)……..
having returned to my natural consciousness of peace……..
I sit for a while, enjoying this feeling of calmness and serenity (peacefulness)……..

During the day, while performing any activities, keep reminding yourself: ‘Peace is my true nature’.

As you keep practising this meditation, such positive and peaceful thoughts will arise in the mind more and more easily, and peace of mind will become increasingly more natural.

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