I find that what I eat changes my mood so easily. Have you noticed too? Good food= good mood! The yoga tradition states that a mood of gratitude and love in the cook is reflected in the food made. I guess this is why people think their mum’s cooking is always the best- its full of love! It’s all about intention- I find if you really want to please others, it will definitely be present in terms of taste and effect on the consciousness of the eater.
To me, being conscious means to have respect and compassion for all living entities. This means changing my own consciousness to see that all entities are individual souls living within a body. (although I struggle with this one when I find a cockroach in the bathroom or something..! Maybe one day :S) Because of this, I have no desire eat these animals. I don’t mean the cockroaches, although I don’t have any desire to eat them either.*shudder*
As a practitioner of bhakti yoga, being conscious means to realise my true self- a soul inhabiting a body. It means that what I do in this body I make as an offering to the supreme.
Conscious cooking is also so much fun, and a type of therapeutic meditation too! I can get lost (or find myself) in the kitchen for hours!