Finding “presence” can be a challenge in this day-and-age. Many of us are multi-tasking so much, that we don’t even realize we are eating. Many times we’re running from one meeting to the next, with classes, activities, workshops and networking events after an already full day.
What are we teaching our children as they see us running and eating highly processed foods in a pinch? Being “present” during a meal with friends and family, and without distractions or work, hardly exists. Today we challenge you to work on mindful eating and being “present” as you eat from start to finish.
- Put down the phone
- Close the computer
- Put away the book
- Focus on each bite you take
- Take your time: This idiom reminds us not only to stay present while we eat and drink, but also to take our time so our body can properly process whatever we’re putting in ourselves.
- Take a walk outside
- Find a quiet spot away from your desk and distractions
- Check in with yourself
- Take a moment to reflect, and write in your journal
- Try this practice for 1 week and see what is different from start to finish
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“If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot, you get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine. You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way, you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation. If we chew every morsel of our food in that way we become grateful and when you are grateful, you are happy.”
~ Thich Nhat Hanh