By David Hart, Journey Meditation Teacher
As a New Yorker, I get it — we’re busy. I’m a long distance runner, and know that sometimes food is only fuel — calories consumed to keep our bodies in movement. I’ve squeezed plenty of packets of electrolytes in my mouth while running, and for lunch today I microwaved a burrito while taking a conference call and reviewing train times for my next appointment. But I also love cooking and eating. And, news flash: mindfulness is not a speed, it’s an attitude of curiosity and compassion for whatever’s happening.
Mindful Eating is often thought of as the classic “slow eating of a raisin” exercise made famous by Thich Nhat Hanh and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training. It’s a wonderful way to pay attention to the subtleties of eating.
Here’s why we should practice mindful eating on a daily basis:
So try bringing a sense of mindfulness to your eating whenever you can, even if that only means taking a few breaths to watch the steam come off your coffee in the morning, putting down the fork while you’re eating lunch, or considering the interconnected food chain that allows a delicious meal to arrive at your doorstep.