Sunday, October 03, 2010
Today I attended a workshop at our local Meditation center. It was called Food and Body Image.
I signed up for the class hoping to get some tips on how to eat more responsibly. But I came away with so much more.
After meeting the teacher, my classmates and a brief meditation we had our first exercise. We sat in a group of four and spoke about our issues with our bodies and food and how our families influenced these feelings. One person spoke for five minutes and the other three listen without commenting. I was the last to go and I ended up getting teary and choked up when I spoke about
my family. We used food as a way to celebrate and I associate food with affection. Which explains why I like to bake and eat cookies and cakes with my kids. It was embarrassing to cry in front of strangers but I feel good that I had a little break through.
Our second exercise was about mindful eating and involved a raisin. We took five minutes to eat one raisin! We held the raisin in the palm of our hand and studied the appearance. The teacher had us think about the life stages of the raisin. The soil it grew in, the people that picked it, and how it traveled to the store. We finally put it in our mouths, held it on our tongues and moved it around our mouths. After slowly chewing the raisin and swallowing, we talked about how our bodies knew how to turn this raisin into energy. And pondered if the energy from this raisin would be used to fuel a smile or a heartbeat or a wink or a giggle.(this made me tear up too) Food is truly a gift.
This was an amazing way to spend a Sunday afternoon. I gained knowledge and spent time with a group of amazing women.