Something I’ve discovered about joy, balance, and energy is that they begin in the kitchen. With what we eat (food that makes us feel good or not feel good) and how we prepare meals (planned or not, in a rush or not), who we gather around the table (not dining standing up alone but instead with family and friends), and how making good food can bring great joy to those we love.
At a recent conference, a speaker gave the following insight: Use joy as your compass. These few words can truly help guide your decisions – as long as you keep one thing in mind: knowing the difference of daily, long term joy vs short term satisfaction or instant gratification.
• I believe when we eat food that makes us feel good, we will have more joy.
• I believe when we cook for those we love, we will have more joy.
• I believe when we slow down and take time to gather around the table, we will have more joy.
What do you believe? Are your beliefs getting in the way of your actions? Our beliefs are a reflection of our thoughts and they are reinforced by our actions. It’s called the belief triangle and it can be a powerful change making tool – to change your actions, you simply have to change your beliefs. And to change your beliefs, you simply need to change your thoughts. While put simply, it holds true.
Take, for example, the idea of cooking. Those who hate cooking, think about all the reasons why they hate cooking, which causes them to believe that cooking is something they dislike and never want to do. That results in purchasing a lot of convenience foods and eating out. The thought led to the belief which led to the action. But on the flip side, if one were to think about a why cooking can actually be fun, the belief would change into a more positive perception of cooking and more cooking at home would result. This simple belief triangle can be applied to anything you would like to change!
Cooking is something I love to do. It brings me joy to make favorite meal and watch my family enjoy it. I
love trying new recipes because it is like a challenge to accomplish. I enjoy the healthier food that comes
from my kitchen. I enjoy better health because of more cooking at home.
What beliefs are holding you back? There’s no time like right now!
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