Mindfulness has become the new buzz word for people who are trying to escape the rat race their minds create and living more fully. It is a way to live one’s life more aware and connected in the present. By giving the “automatic pilot” the back seat, you can bring new self awareness and peace. Becoming more mindful in situations can allow you to feel more in control of your own reactions to the stimuli around you. It is a positive and empowering way to live. One important way to become more mindful is to pay attention to what you eating, how you eat, and what the triggers for overeating are. So many times we take eating for granted. This exercise is all about experiencing the pleasure of taking one bite of something you find enjoyable.
Before I would begin, I would use the big Exhale, clearing the debris from your mind, followed by three clearing belly breaths. These exercises are explained in the previous posts. Settle into a comfortable chair and then begin.
The food you choose should be something bite sized. Either a small piece of chocolate, a teaspoon of ice cream, a favorite sucking candy, something you will not be chewing. The object is to allow this delicious morsel to dissolve slowly in your mouth feeling the way your tongue, your throat and the inside of your mouth respond to the sensations. Your mind becomes the observer or witness. If any negative emotional reactions come up, send them away and tell them to take a hike. Bring yourself back to the positive experience of having your eyes closed and fully employing your sense of taste and the physical sensations of what is going on in your mouth. Experiencing the pleasure in the moment can elevate your mood. Since this food is something to be considered a treat allow yourself one more piece and evaluate your sensations the second time around. Does the second bite taste as good? Note in your journal if there is a difference. Have a good day!