Friday, October 04, 2013
Mindful eating means focusing on food while eating, and not doing anything or thinking of anything else.
Sounds easy, doesn't it?
For me it is not easy. Reading during eating has always been my number one relaxation "activity". Reading a book, or a newspaper, or most recently surfing on internet.
I first read about mindful eating in June 2011 when I joined Spark People.
I thought no, no way shall I lose the fun part, I need to read while I'm eating.
But in the past few months I read a lot about mindfulness in many ways, like walking meditation, mindful breathing and so on.
So yesterday evening I gave it a try.
I sat down in my hotel room, took my home packed ham and cheese sandwich out of the fridge, cut my two tomatoes in slices, and some walnuts left from mid-morning snack.
I turned on my laptop but didn't open any news portal or SparkPeople.
I opened some lovely October wallpaper pictures and started eating.
I focused on elements of my food. Rye bread, margarine, ham, cheese, walnuts, tomatoes. How they taste. What they look like. Where they came from. My simple dinner is in fact was made of many elements, and each traveled long before it reached my desk.
In the book I'm reading (The Art of Power by Thich Nhat Hanh) the author writes when he eats a carrot, he only thinks of the carrot, what it is like, where it came from (earth, sun, water, clouds, and a lot of work) and so that piece of carrot is the ambassador of the entire cosmos. Provided one really eats that carrot, and not one's projects, anger, to-do list or sorrow.
I finished my meal satisfied and aware of being full. This was the first time ever over my age of 6 that I didn't read while I ate a meal alone : )
I did the same today at breakfast and dinner.
Very good experience.
I'm not sure I can do it if I'm in the mood of mindless eating and binging. But let's hope!