PRASHAD, in Sanskrit, means food that is cooked with love, infused with devotion, offered to God, and sealed with a prayer of gratitude! This is such a beautiful way to practice presence into something we do as part of our daily routine!
In Ayurveda, it is believed that the energy, attitude, intention & feelings you have whilst cooking is infused into the food. This energy is then absorbed and digested into the person receiving it. So cooking with love, devotion, and kind energy is essential for optimal digestion. Food not only can nourish your body, but it can also nourish the mind and soul too!
What does conscious cooking mean? Conscious cooking is a term that I often use. What does this mean? Conscious cooking is when you prepare your meal free of distraction and disturbance, allowing you to focus all your energy and attention on preparing the meal at hand. Envision the meal you are going to prepare, think about the people that you are feeding with this food, and how it will nourish them. Go a step further and reflect on how this nourishing food will benefit their bodies and will give them the energy to use their body to do good in the world through whatever unique skills they have!
While cooking, remain present. Stay mindful of what you are doing while preparing the ingredients and cooking the food. Infuse the food with your loving energy, healing, and nourishment. You can even talk to the food or sing to it! It may sound funny, but there have been many experiments done with water particles and the change of the water molecules when played music of different moods. So I encourage you to speak positive words, listen to a meditation or uplifting devotional songs, or saying affirmations to the food during preparation. These all contribute to the nourishment of those receiving it.
Avoid contemplating the problems of the day, your own or others, or allowing yourself to be distracted by watching tv, news or other media. Your meal needs your attention. Everything else can wait. When one cooks with this level of attention, the meal is infused with the cook’s intention. Ayurvedic cooking is not a specific type of food or lists of do's and don't's, but a conscious effort on behalf of the cook to uplift everyone who is receiving the meal being cooked. This is why I end every recipe with the slogan, "say a little prayer, do a little dance, and serve with love." Try to immerse positive energy to the things around us and I guarantee you, you will notice a difference! Stay conscious ❤️
Sending you so much love
xx Radhi ♡