About three weeks ago a friend posted on Facebook an article from the Huffington Post. I actually took the time to read it and really enjoyed it. This was a strange occurrence for me; for the last two years I haven’t had much time to pay attention to anything other than making sure that I kept breathing, & that my son and husband were taken care of each day. I’ve officially been a stay-at-home mom for four months this Tuesday. It took me about three months to de-stress from my very hectic life. Finally at 3 1/2 months I developed the courage to begin to write this blog, and now I’m addicted to speaking on this screen. I’ve found the time to read more and write more, and thus, nourish my mind and spirit more.
So today I needed to pause and focus on my body: I nourished my body by reading an article on the Huffington Post called, “Could Mindful Eating Wean us From our Bad Food Habits?” by Harbir Kaur, a UK science teacher. She states, “Allow your senses to be electrified by something as simple as a slice of bread.” To be so focused on something like a piece of bread, to savor every single bite; to let your mouth be conscious of how the bread feels on your teeth, and your tongue to notice every flavor and texture takes a lot of intentionality. Of course it does! But who really has the time to truly enjoy what they eat? That there, is the challenge-making the time! So challege yourself: make yourself feel alive! Savor your food and enjoy it more; notice how you begin to eat healthier and thus, your body reaps the rewards of healing and wellness. Congratulations to you! You have joined celebrities such as
Mindful eating has the powerful potential to transform people’s relationship to food and eating, to improve overall health, body image, relationships and self-esteem.-The Center for Mindful Eating.
Okay, so if other people are talking about this, it must mean something! Pause! “Let me take a bite of this grape. Ahhh..refreshing, crunchy, wet. sweet and a bit sour…”
So today be intentional about eating your food. Enjoy every bite. Recognize what a wonderful gift it is to be able eat food. Take the time to pause and reflect on what an amazing creation your body is: You open your mouth, take a bite, and your body knows just what to do with the food you eat: giving you energy for the day ahead, healing your wounds, bringing you back to a childhood moment of something good…all happening in moments without any effort from you other than eating your food.
Today be intentional in your life, and see what wonderful things may happen! Heal your body!