Wednesday, September 28, 2011
When it comes to eating I need to start using my head to make decisions more than I use my heart. Often I eat because I’m bored or I’m upset or just because I want to. I also need to use my head more when choosing what to eat; most of the time I select foods on the basis of what sounds good or what I feel like eating. More often than not what I feel like eating and what I should be eating are miles apart. I need to be more mindful of my choices.
To be mindful is to be attentive, aware, and careful. (Thank you dictionary.com!) Dr. Jan Chozen Bays in an article on Psychology Today defines mindfullness as “deliberately paying attention, being fully aware of what is happening both inside and outside yourself - in your body, heart and mind - and outside yourself, in your environment. Mindfulness is awareness without criticism or judgment.”
But really when I think of mindfulness all I can picture is a Jedi, usually Yoda or Qui-Gon Jinn.