Saturday, April 10, 2010
There's More to Cooking Than Food
I’ve been working on a really interesting food-memory archiving project with a group of people who are students of Sufi Master Bawa Muhaiyaddeen. Bawa passed away in 1986 at a very old age, but when he was alive he would personally cook for and serve sometimes hundreds of people at a time—always with patience and compassion, nurturing not only the receivers’ bodies, but their spirits as well. A number of people used to be Bawa’s cooking assistants and through this serious and often strenuous duty, they learned important lessons like never to cook when you’re angry because your emotions go into the food you’re cooking, and when you cook, your intention and awareness are part of the ingredients. Something to ponder...