If you’re anything like us, meditation is something that our racing minds find very hard to do. We totally get the benefits (reducing stress, improving sleep, lowering blood pressure…the list goes on) but how do you stop your mind from replaying that last episode of Game of Thrones on repeat, when it’s meant to be silent?
Luckily, scientists have started to acknowledge the benefits of ‘mindful meditation’ in the way that it can help ‘quiet’ the mind’s internal dialogue.
So what is mindful meditation? Well, an easy way to explain it is focused activity where your brain needs to draw its attention to the present. Harvard Medical School describes it as ‘bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future.” And now, scientists and psychologists, including organisations in Australia such as Beyond Blue, are acknowledging that one of the ways to do that is the simple art of cooking.
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Adding to this is a study in the Journal of Positive Psychology that found that people who turned their attention to small, achievable creative projects, such as cooking, felt happier and more relaxed in their everyday lives. The idea behind this is that by having to follow a recipe, step-by-step and be present (or risk burning your hard work), cooking allows your brain the space to focus on one thing. This means you are less likely to ruminate over things that bother you.
And while all types of cooking can help you with your meditation practice, we still can’t help loving the idea of ‘Breaditation’ – the act of meditating while making bread from scratch. It‘s gathering huge steam overseas with advocates calling themselves Breaditators.
So if you need us, we’ll be in the kitchen for the next few hours, breaditating….