After about six years of mindfulness meditation classes and now over 3 months of intense yoga classes, it is amazing to me to notice myself, as almost for the first time, in the kitchen. Hovering over a cutting board with my shoulders wound up to my ears with tightness and my breath really missing, I am surprised at how someone with my background and love of food, could have for so long entirely left my mindfulness training at the kitchen door. Especially when you pick up a knife to do some prep work it would seem like a very wise time to practice mindfulness, right? Try inviting yourself in the kitchen. The real you, right there in the kitchen, hello you, welcome, come on in, lets see how you are doing in here. Ed Brown offers some great cutting tips in his latest version (2009) of the Tassajara Cookbook. And of course, don’t miss listening to him, per the previous post. Also he is the star of a movie about cooking called How to Cook Your Life, which of course I can’t wait to rent. When you cut the vegetables, cut the vegetables. When you washing the cutting board, wash the cutting board.