The kitchen is the heart of the home, a space of alchemy, transformation and magic, where we work with the ancestral element of fire. Here we witness the metamorphosis of ingredients turning into unique concoctions. Growing up in Peru, the kitchen was a communal place in the home, a space of storytelling, where different flavors mingled to express themselves. Native and Spanish as well as other cuisines influenced the exquisite mélange that is the earthy comida criolla of Peru.
I come from a lineage of women who made and continue to make magic in the kitchen. It is therefore natural for me to see the ancestral space of the kitchen endowed with a special kind of magic: love. Like books, food made with love has the power to melt the frozen seas inside us. The intention that sustains soulful cooking and eating is not meant to numb our soul, but nourish our life force so we can grow more awake, conscious, and alive.
A sacred space of alchemy
In these times of always feeling rushed, the kitchen invites us to slow down, be present, connect and enter the meditative and sacred art of cooking. The kitchen is the one space in the home where our hands are in direct contact with the fruits of the earth, fruits that were touched by sun, soil, air and water, as well as the invisible hands that planted and harvested our food. When I let my creative juices run wild in the kitchen, I enter a state of flow. Our mind naturally quiets in the kitchen because its environment engages all of our senses: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching. For a delightful exploration of the senses, read A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman.
If you want increased vitality in your life, spend some time in the kitchen. It will feed your fire. Here we are not only speaking of fire in a figurative way—to mean passion—we are essentially working with fire in a sensory, sensual, visceral way.
Create a well-functioning, vibrant, and invigorating kitchen that speaks to your soul and invites flow. Eliminate toxins in your kitchen, grow your own aromatic herbs and/or produce if you have a garden, go to farmer’s markets, recycle, compost, waste less, buy organic, go wholesome!
Only a few subtle changes to the design of your kitchen can shift its energy and invigorate its soul. Invite natural materials, color, light, patterns, views, art, plants & flowers. Keep it spacious and flowing. Here are some examples of kitchens with soul:
Light & Spacious
May you feed your fire and experience magic in the kitchen!
My birthday is tomorrow! I dedicate this post to the great Spirit that gives us life, to my beloved ancestors and ancestral land, my loved ones who support my path, to all beings who have generously fed my body, mind, and spirit along the journey of my life. To love, the most powerful, healing current in the universe. And to all of you, beautiful alchemists,