We usually eat without bringing our full awareness to food. In most cases, we eat automatically. We try doing several things at the same time, so we often combine meals with reading a book or a newspaper, watching TV, scrolling through social media or working at a computer. Sometimes we eat in a rush or even while driving, which is not safe. ⠀ Eating food is an activity that we encounter several times a day. Why not make it a practice of savouring our food and developing awareness?
I would like to share with you a very simple mindful eating activity that offers you fundamental mindful eating skills.
1. Gently close your eyes.
Drop your awareness into your body. Feel the whole body for a few moments.
2. Listen to your body.
Do you feel hunger? If yes, then continue with this exercise.
3. Take a few moments to consciously look at your food.
If you have already prepared the food, open your eyes, take a few moments to consciously look at it. Then use each of your senses to experience this food. Touch it and smell it.
4. Imagine where this food came from.
Imagine, just for a moment, wondering where this food came from. Who grew this food? Be grateful to whoever that was.
5. Begin slowly eat the food.
Pay attention to the sensations of tasting, chewing, swallowing. If you want, close your eyes as you eat. Chew slowly, around twenty times for each bite.
6. Try gently listening to your body.
Let your body tell you when to stop.
"Eat in a way that is relaxing and brings you joy. It doesn't take too much organizing and the results are profound." – Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindful eating means paying attention and using your senses to savour your food. But equally important, it means tuning into the body before, during, and after eating. The body knows what it needs, and how much it needs.
Enjoy your meal!
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