There’s two kinds of experiences when peeling cloves of garlic – one is when the clove just pops right out of its wrapper, rest to add flavor to your meal, happy to help. You’re stoked cause you picked the right bulb at the store, and surely it’s a sign that your day is going well and the stars are aligned just for you.
The other kind of experience (what I just went through), is a laborious task to get through. The shell just won’t peel off no matter what you do – press it with a knife, cut it in half, plead, or cry – so you sit there picking at it with your nails, for way too long.
The trick to bring a good chef, (and an enlightened human), is how you deal with the second case scenario. There’s really nothing you can do but submit to the process. If you’re seething with irritation and impatience the whole time, that kinda sucks for not only you, but those sharing your meal with you (if you believe in the power of energetics). If instead, you allow yourself to be slowed down by the garlic peeling, relaxing into the moment, you’ve discovered the yoga of cooking. You find your breath, become aware of the present moment, and maybe laugh a little at the garlic, and allow gratitude to fill you up.
Here’s the very delicious meal I made tonight, with a heart full of peace 🙂
Thank you for your interest in compassionate living! ♥ Meghan Oona