Mindfulness refers to being in complete awareness of the present moment. It involves a certain observance of what is happening now. It allows for acceptance of the moment as it arises without control. As we move through our day we have many opportunities to be present and observant of the moment. A key time of day to cultivate this mindfulness state of being is when you are about to eat something.
It can be all too easy to rush through a meal, chew without tasting, consuming without feeling. I invite you to try out a fun mindful eating activity for the next meal or snack you come upon.
Take the time to really observe the food you are about to eat. Use all of your senses for this activity. Observe the foods with your eyes- notice its shape, colors, patterns. Observe the food with your touch- textures, grooves, surfaces. Observe the smell of the food- breathe it in deeply. Observe the food with your ears- does it make a sound? Incorporate your sense of touch here as well and see if you can make a sound with it. When you are ready, involve your sense of taste. Bring the food slowly to your lips and let it rest softly for a moment allowing your sense of taste to observe this food. Then place the food into your mouth and allow it to sit upon your tongue giving your sense of taste more time to observe all the intricate flavors in this gift of food. Let this small piece of food sit upon your tongue while you continue to observe the many sensations you may witness with this food. When you feel ready, chew the food slowly and observe how it feels in your mouth. Notice if your attention wanders during this activity. Notice if any feelings come up for you during this slow observation process.
Being present and observing allows for a deeper awareness of the present moment and all the gifts and activities happening in that moment. When we slow down, it allows for a greater attunement with what is happening now. Eating mindfully brings many flavors to your awareness that you may never have noticed before. It allows you to be more present with your food instead of thinking of all the others things on your "to-do" list, etc. It also allows your body the chance to slow down and fully absorb and digest all the nutrients you are ingesting.
Take a moment today to slow down with your next item of food. Start with the first bite. Simply observe and enjoy. Your body and taste buds will thank you! :-)
~ Liz Myers, MA. PCCI, Rooted Living Wellness Coach
Liz Myers, MA, RYT200
Spiritual Life Coach, Yoga and Meditation Teacher.
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