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.