Day 12

As a self-proclaimed foodie, I very much enjoyed the practice of mindful of eating. Of all the lessons that we have been though thus far, this is a practice that I incorporate in my daily life the most and I didn’t even know it. Now I will admit that there are times when I am familiar with a snack or enjoying my favorite snack and I am not mindful of eating from beginning to end. I just pop the treat in my mouth and wait for the instant gratification. I become present when the food enters my mouth. I continue to be present enough to enjoy the taste of whatever it is and my attention dies off soon after. Mostly when that familiarity has a foreign taste do I snapped back into the reality of what is happening.

 

The time that I am the most mindful of what I am eating is when it is a new object or a different variation of something I am familiar with. I then take the time to look at it. I poke it with my fork, spoon, or hand to pass the first test of texture. As I lift the food to my mouth, I take in the aroma. I am a person that absolutely HATES to put a piece of food or drink under her nose if not a dire situation, you never know what can fly out and on top of that, its crude. I then let the food simmer on the taste buds for a second before I chew. If there are not texture issues and it passes the taste test I’m good to go.

Although I am a lover of food, this lesion has made me realize that I have not been giving it the attention that it deserves. I feel the reason that is, is because so many meals are shared over the dinner table with family or is a reason to have a great time with friends that it becomes a habit to multitask. Because food is associated with a good time, I always seek entertainment to go along with my meal. Even when I go for sushi alone, I sit at the bar with phone in hand scrolling social media.  It’s amazing what you are not aware of until someone brings your attention to it.

 


May all beings be happy ♡