I love to cook. I took a cooking class from Edward Espe Brown a couple of years ago. One of the big realizations I took home from that class was that I wasn't tasting my food while I cooked. I followed the recipe. That generally came out fine. But flavors get built along the way and tasting is a form of mindfulness practice that keeps your cooking alive and asks for your full participation. Recipes are fine places to begin. But every ingredient has the potential to vary. No tomato tastes exactly the same.
Funny...I'd learned that in my yoga practice. When I first began to practice and much later to teach, I followed the recipes of my teachers. Most of the time that came out okay. But I began to meet teachers who weren't offering recipes but were teaching me to cook. Try this, taste it. That's when my yoga practice really grew and my teaching felt authentic.
Here's a mudra to try...vajrapradama mudra...a gesture of unshakeable trust.