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Following Our Own Paths

Following Our Own Paths

I spent the afternoon yesterday cooking with a friend of mine. She is a fantastic cook and I knew the afternoon would be a valuable educational experience for me. As she was teaching me various techniques, something she said resonated with me. She said that with cooking, there is no perfect technique. There are, of course, reasons that certain methods are taught in culinary schools. Some techniques are intended to prevent damage of one’s equipment, for example, and others are intended to avoid kitchen accidents. But at the end of the day, cooks should stick to the methods that work best for them.

This lesson is true of so many areas of life, particularly our attempts to grow and heal. As we work to overcome insecurities and emotional blocks, there is no method that is perfect for everyone. For some people, practicing mindfulness and meditating are the most effective methods. For others, some form of therapy may be the most beneficial. What is more, even within a particular practice, each individual’s practice is unique. Two people who practice meditation regularly are likely to encounter vastly different experiences.

It comes down to authenticity. To create a life that is fulfilling, it is important to listen to listen to our intuition and make decisions with which we genuinely resonate.

 

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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.

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2:34PM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Thank you :)

9:59AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012

especially useful for all perfectionists out here

3:55AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

What works for you is what you should do.

12:08PM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

Thank you.

7:37AM PDT on Jun 30, 2012

the road not taken

9:12PM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

with cooking try ordering out....I pick the easy lazy way out to cook....

7:48AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Precisely ! Not every method works for everybody ! It's all about what resonates in each individual. Glad to read this for once !

2:08PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

I find that I'm much happier if I don't really care what others think of me and live by my own code of morals & don't infringe on other peoples' rights. I really don't need approval from others to be happy. It is nice when people agree with &/or support me but not necessary for my happiness!

8:16AM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

Sensible. I think people should treat everyone as an individual, including themselves. If you stop looking at everyone by their labels and start dealing with them as individuals, it opens up whole new avenues for you.

6:02AM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

thanks for sharing.

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