Fast food has become a way of life for many of us. Everyone knows that most of this food is not considered healthy. But “fast” is the pace of our lives, and we all run to catch up.
How and when we nourish our bodies is often defined by how little time we put aside to do so. Even those who refrain from burgers and fries, often feel pressed to eat in a considered or mindful way.
Just as we experience a disconnect between the food on supermarket shelves and the process of their cultivation in the fields; we also forget the link between how we feed our bodies and our resulting level of health. What is the effect of eating lots of processed or genetically modified foods? Does it make a difference if we don’t get the right proportion of carbs to protein to fats?
For many of us, it feels too burdensome and time consuming to consider.
If we begin to look at our physical beings as sacred entities to be cherished and cared for, we may start to change the way we feed ourselves. Engaging in mindful eating is a way of honoring the great gift we have been given; our bodies. It is an integral part of MBItm practice and helps us reduce physical and emotional suffering.
You may benefit from the following practice. To do so,you will need to set aside some time to eat, and relax into the experience.
You may notice feeling satisfied sooner and you may be surprised that you need less.
Breathing in I am aware of the breath in my body.
Breathing out I am aware of the food before me.
Breathing in I smell the aroma of the food.
Breathing out I notice thoughts about the food.
Breathing in I notice the colors, textures and patterns of the food.
Breathing out I am grateful for the bounty on my plate.
Breathing in I look deeply into my food
Breathing out I see sun, rain earth and clouds within each morsel.
Breathing in I take a bite into my mouth
Breathing out I relax into awareness of taste and texture.
Breathing in I experience delight.
Breathing out I swallow.
Breathing in I come back to the breath.
Breathing out I feel fulfilled.
May this information benefit you, those you love, and all sentient beings, everywhere.
© Ellen M. Adelman PhD 2013, all rights reserved.
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