Need Motivation To Cook Healthy? Here's What You're Missing

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What is a kitchen altar? It's a sacred space you create in your kitchen that brings you joy. For me, it's the first thing I see that starts my day with a good feeling. I see my heavenly mom's sweet face and the beautiful flowers I've arranged each week. It's a great reminder that I am grateful for my health, the abundant blessings in my life, and the quote that reminds me to believe something wonderful is about to happen each day. It lifts my spirits the moment I enter and it brings a smile to my soul. The kitchen is the place where I impart love and blessings into each meal I make.

For those who struggle with cooking, I've found creating a kitchen altar helps set the mood, making the first thought entering the kitchen a positive one. The site of your altar sparks a smile and begins the feel good vibes that will permeate your meal. And over time will hopefully deepen your connection with food and cooking. It's a way to bring out the kitchen goddess and our cooking spirit that lives inside us.

Having an altar has assisted me on my path for inspiring others to cook high-quality food.

My personal altar sits in front of my kitchen sink. I planned it that way when we built our home so when standing washing dishes, the inevitable chore for cleaning up my messiness, I see things that make me happy. On the counter behind the sink sit photographs of my sweet parents, vibrant fresh-cut flowers, inspiring words of patience and grace, Kwan Yin, and a few meaningful trinkets. Hanging above the sink is a strand of Energy Muse crystals, enhancing the energy of the space. And beyond the altar I look out into our yard with lush green trees that make my heart sing! I keep this space clutter free, sometimes rotating special things in and out at different times of the year.

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On a shelf adjacent to the altar sits a prayer that blesses our food. I treat the practice of feeding my family with great respect and enthusiasm. With a full heart, I quietly read this blessing that begins my day:

Here are a few simple steps to create your own kitchen altar:

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Identify where you want your altar to live.

Find a spot you will see immediately upon entering your kitchen. Your sacred kitchen altar can be on a shelf, in a windowsill, or a table or counter space.

Choose items to adorn your altar.

Adorning your altar allows your creative juices to flow and connects your kitchen to your heart. It also gives you a place to see cherished mementos or meaningful photos.

Choose carefully those items you wish to see every day, ones that fill your heart and bring you a sense of peace, comfort, and happiness. Ultimately it's these feelings you wish to infuse into the food you prepare.

Adorn your altar with photos of loved ones, a special rock or crystal, a candle, or objects that touch your soul.

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Bless your altar once completed—but note it's forever changing.

Take a moment to set your intention and bless your altar. "This altar represents my heart and spirit so that the food I prepare will be received with grace and delight. I bless this space and the nourishment everyone will receive."

Before your blessing, you might wish to sage your kitchen to clear any negative energy and/or light a candle. You can simply close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, say an encouraging prayer, and exhale. Each person will have their own individual way of blessing their altar.

As we cook, we are planting our seeds of love. These seeds are then passed down from generation to generation. What I believe is that my kitchen truly is the heart of our home where passion oozes into each dish and where I share the magic and love in every delicious bite!

Having an altar has assisted me on my path for inspiring others to cook high-quality food and to model how to create a loving home that nourishes people, their families, and their spirit. As we support one another with pure loving intentions, I feel in return we receive abundant blessings.

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