In this day and age, it is often difficult to find time to start a Mindfulness Practice. However, it is much easier to incorporate mindfulness into our everyday lives thank you think! Whether it’s being mindful in your morning shower or on your commute to work, you can essentially be mindful of whatever task is at hand.
One of the easiest ways to incorporate mindfulness into the start of your day is mindful eating. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s MBSR program incorporates this exercise by asking participants to eat one single raisin mindfully. Observe the raisin and contemplate how it looks and feels, explore the texture of the raisin in your mouth and as you chew it slowly, revel in the tastes as well.
You can do the same with your breakfast as well. Take in the colours, the textures and the tastes of your morning breakfast food. Smell your coffee and see how the aroma adds to the taste and feel of that first sip. Give thanks (gratitude practice!) for the sustenance and remember those in the world who do not have the luxury to afford breakfast.
When you eat mindfully, you will notice that your food tastes different, the flavours more complex and overall more satisfying. To take it a step further, write it down in a journal or a food diary, which can help with diets and healthier eating.
Have you tried mindful eating? Please share your experiences with me!