Mindfulness at the Table
Eating your meals at the table, not in front of the TV, in the car, or at your desk (sitting or standing!) - I am envisioning you sitting at a table - is the perfect beginning to a satisfying meal.
As you sit at the table you're mind is anticipating the food on your plate. Slowly you take a bite of food and as you chew it you notice the flavors of the food as they are picked up by your taste buds. Swallowing is slow as though the food is warm honey gliding downward toward your stomach. No rush. There's all the time in the world, no place to go. You are eating your meal and for these few moments nothing else is this important.
This is mindful eating - being present to your meal. You are in the moment of eating as you experience each bite of food.
People will often say that they have so much going on that eating mindfully isn't possible. In reality though, it's a choice. Do you choose eating fast and being in stress response which can cause digestive issues and weight gain? Or do you choose slow, mindful eating which puts you into a state of relaxation allowing your body to actually use the food you are eating?
Most of us want to be able to properly digest, assimilate, and calorie-burn. If you're like me and many others, then mindful eating is the place to start.
Let mealtime become a spiritual practice.
When we eat fast, taking a bite of food before we've even swallowed the food that is in our mouth, we are not in the present moment - we're in the future and we're grasping for the next bite, the next moment. What we're demonstrating is that what we have in this moment isn't good enough and the next moment will be better. Really? Really truly?
Sit and eat in a mindful way and be in the present moment. Slow down. Treat yourself and your food with love. Cherish the moment. It is from this place that you will experience true satisfaction.
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