Updated: Oct 8
How to practice Slow & mindful living in your daily life – Part 3
After a hard day's work with sweaty face, tired legs and grumpy mood, I dragged myself up through those awfully tall steps to reach the third floor of my building. Walking almost two kilometers to reach home, I opened the door making sure there were no lizards popping out and then crashed on my football shaped bean bag, which I won in a lottery by predicting “Italy” as the winner of FIFA world cup 2006. I still can’t believe I spend double the amount in my commute to collect the bean bag as against the actual cost. Silly me!
Lifting myself up from the bag I went to freshen up and started to think what to order for dinner and from where?
That was me a decade ago, when I knew nothing about being mindful while eating. Just like a twig moves along the wind from one place to another, in the same way life was just happening to me and I was simply reacting instead of leading it meaningfully. As a result I suffered from bad health, weight gain, hormonal imbalance and worst of all emotional imbalance.
Life Changing Experience
Fast forward to today, over time I realized that a simple act of mindful eating can completely change your life and lifestyle for good.
How often you eat just because you are craving for a certain type of food, even though you might not be actually hungry. The urge to eat that next piece of chips which does not end until it becomes the last piece left in the packet. Sounds familiar?
Food which was supposed to be a basic necessity to properly function your body has become a want, a desire, a symbol of social status, an outlet for busting stress. I am not saying that I am against it, but one must be conscious of the fine line that exists between normalcy and getting overboard with it. You must not fall prey of those beautifully crafted food photographs that lures you and compels you to a bite of it. Mindful eating has become even more necessary in today’s world, where everything is visual.
So, what exactly is mindful eating?
1. When you pay attention to what you eat, when you eat and how much you eat, that is being mindful while eating.
2. Eating without any distraction of TV, mobile, newspaper etc. Completely enjoying each morsel of food you eat, that is being mindful while eating.
3. Appreciating and being grateful for the effort that went behind preparing your food from the farm to your plate. Appreciating the person who cooked the food for you, that is being mindful while eating.
4. Eating with all your senses and completely being grateful to the supreme power, that you are fortunate enough to have a sumptuous meal, that is being mindful while eating
5. Practicing mindfulness while having your meal is a great way to enjoy your meal.
Actions for you to take
The next time you take your cup of tea or coffee and start to have a sip of it, just wait for few seconds, close your eyes and visualize a tea garden from where the tea might have come to your cup. Feel the lush green contoured tea plantation as if you are standing in the middle of it waiting to be photographed. See how crystal clear the image is. Bless the plantation around you and be grateful.
I bet, once you do this exercise and have that cup of tea, it would be the best tea you ever had. This exercise it will energize you in both physical and spiritual level. Do share your experience in the comment section below. Now that you know how to trick your “thinking mind” and being in the present. Do this before every means possible and eventually you will learn to listen to your body’s guidance of when to eat and when to stop.
“When I’m hungry, I eat what I love. When I’m bored, I do something I love. When I’m lonely, I connect with someone I love. When I feel sad, I remember that I am loved.”– Michelle May
If you have missed my previous two part from the Slow living series, don't forget to check them out as well.
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