Welcoming our next guest to the MNBP, Heather Thomas.
Movement medicine. Seasonal, local food. A visceral understanding that we are not separate from nature. Heather is not only a sweet friend of mine she is the brains and being behind The Mindful Kitchen.
We met almost four years ago when she co-owned and co-ran a hyggeligt eatery in Copenhagen where regular environmental and food-related events were held. Two, in particular, that stand out to me include an evening where Sarah Britton of My New Roots planned and prepared a delicious meal for attendees (and fans!) and a Christmas gathering where we made Gingerbread cookies and fruitcake and learned about cinnamon farmers and basic holiday traditions.
Having called Copenhagen home for six years, Heather has created an avenue, via The Mindful Kitchen, where she is able to combine her keen interest (and depth of knowledge) in environmental awareness and policy with her curiosity about how we, as individuals, can change our behavior to combat climate change and how we can feel more connected to our planet each time we prepare food or sit down for a meal.
At The Mindful Kitchen “making a difference begins with understanding that nature isn’t out THERE, it is in YOU. By practicing nature relatedness much in the same way you practice yoga or meditate, this understanding will continue to grow.”
Remember: “Change doesn’t happen overnight. Like anything, its practice that leads to progress. To eventually nail a Mozart concerto, you start by playing Twinkle, Twinkle. Nature relatedness is the same as mastering the piano. The Mindful Kitchen offers a blue print for how to establish a nature relatedness practice in the big city whilst doing something you do every day, and most likely brings you joy – eat.” (The Mindful Kitchen’s website.)
In this episode we touch on ecopsychology, how where you fall on the nature relatedness scale can be adjusted, and how “the more ones identity becomes nature related one begins to feel better. It actually correlates with mental well-being benefits (ex: less anxious, depressed, more creative, more focused, greater sense of empathy) while simultaneously creating different synapse connections in your brain.
From the healthier M-E to the healthier W-E.
Individuals who are nature relatedness practitioners seamlessly begin to adopt more eco friendly behavior.
Heather shares with us how to create your own nature-relatedness practice. She lays out the three steps that can be fully incorporated into your day to day. We also get a peak into how she explores the world and her mind, body, and spirit.
I hope you will enjoy this information-packed, smile, and though-inducing conversation.
In the meantime, check out Heather’s recently released cookbook, The Mindful Kitchen: Vegetarian cooking to relate to nature!
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