Yogi Bhajan insisted: “Happiness is your birthright,” and so is excellent nutrition. You deserve to be happy in your relationship with food. Are you? How do you reach perfect health and happiness when it comes to food? How do we feel empowered to make the most conscious choices when it comes to the food we put into our bodies? How do we make those choices without feeling like we are restricting ourselves?
Shouldn’t food be a realm of experience that we can approach with love, curiosity, creativity, and wonder?
We all know the wisdom that implores us to eat healthy. But when we try to keep a healthy diet, we feel it is forced. Often times we embrace a healthy diet like it is some kind of punishment and restriction. Perhaps this is because we live in a culture that has a tradition of emphasizing the glories of fast and processedfoods. Food product sellers work to convince us that we should prefer the convenience of packaged and frozen foods over fresh foods and slow preparation. Many of us eat on the go. Many of us cook in lonely kitchens with few friends or family around with whom we can happily share a meal.
Seems that our contemporary approach to food and meals has grown limiting and myopic. What can make us feel free and easy with food?
One way to start to enrich our relationship with food is to ease into a mindfulness contemplation that can help us gage our own True North regarding food experiences.
Four Mindfulness Eating Exercises
- Eat a meal while your mind is engaged in moment-to-moment contemplation. Chew your food slowly, lovingly. Notice the rhythm of the muscles in your jaw, mouth, and throat as you chew and swallow.
- Chew while mentally repeating a mantra. Remain focused on your breath patterns while eating.
- Eat a meal with friends, family, and co-workers in silence. Save conversation for when you are finished eating. Just enjoy one another’s presence without words. Focusing more intently on food will make the food taste better and help the mind process the eating experience more holistically.
- Surprise a friend by making him or her a savory dish. Throughout the preparation, say a simple blessing over the food to imbibe it with good vibes.
Instead of seeing food as something we consume, why not regard food as an opportunity to explore consciousness? Regard food as a meditative tool! Use the mindfulness practices to help develop more meditative eating habits.
Eating more mindfully will help you to become more aware of how and when every part of your body uses a variety of foods most efficiently and effectively. Growing awareness about how the body metabolizes food can guide us to appreciate the body’s wisdom. At some point the collective consciousness may be able to realize that what we usually refer to as “dietary restrictions” are not restrictions at all. Rather, what we eat is an expression of who we are; eating habits and ways of eating are part of our expressive, conscious being. A person’s diet and manners of eating are like a song of what it means to be a master of his or her personal art of living. Move away from thinking in terms of dietary restrictions; instead, embrace dietary expression.
Food impacts every aspect of our lives from the grossest level of the body to the subtle levels of energy and spirit. A meditative approach and an attitude of gratitude toward our food preparation and ingestion can help us to achieve divine digestion. That is appreciating the digestive process as a gift from benevolent forces of the universe.
Try some of these eating tips:
- Bless yourself by eating small meals, and eat meals slowly. Chew thoroughly.
- Eat when you are most emotionally balanced, never when upset or overtired.
- Be sure to sit down when you eat, and be conscious of good posture and breathing patterns.
- When you feel hunger, that is the time to eat. Do not be controlled by habits, the clock, and social pressures with food.
- Say, sing, or silently repeat a graceful blessing over your food while you are preparing it and before you eat it.
- Most importantly, be grateful while you prepare and eat food.
When we eat consciously, we can even empower our food, imbue it with healthy vibes, and set an intention for the food to combat stress. Be open and humble enough to admit that we can always bring more awareness to our behavior with food and our relationship to food. We can realize how the foods we eat impact our emotional well-being. Realize that silently chanting over food is as important as adding a dash of salt.
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