In today’s hectic world, finding mental and physical peace amidst the demands of family, friends and work deadlines, not to mention the good ol' every day to-do-list, can be difficult and challenging, to say the least.
Studies have shown that MINDFULNESS practices (an ancient Buddhist practice) can dissolve anxiety, stress and depression and make you feel more at peace.
It can help you cut through the chaos and confusion of the present-day world and help you tackle the "worst" life can throw at you with inner tranquility, wherever you go.
LET ME EXPLAIN….
Have you ever driven somewhere and arrived at your destination remembering nothing about your journey? Or grabbed a bag of chips and noticed 15 minutes later that all you have is an empty bag? I know I have.
These events are common examples of Mindlessness (not present), the opposite of Mindfullness (present).
In a MINDLESS state you fail to notice what’s really going on and you make your life 'harder' than it needs to be.
In a MINDFUL state you focus and see clearly whatever is happening moment to moment, which directs you to your goals and where you want to be.
SO HOW CAN YOU PRACTICE MINDFULNESS?
You can practice mindfulness while showering, eating, walking, exercising, sitting, standing in line at the grocery store, on a crowded train or plane and at your desk at work.
And here's the first of THREE SIMPLE yet extremely powerful and effective ways you can incorporate mindfulness into your busy daily life with ease, right now!
SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU!
LET’S GET STARTED WITH THE FIRST PEACE OF MIND!
(6 Simple Steps)
Eating your meal mindfully will put your body in the “rest & digest” mode, where you can absorb all the magnificent nutrients from a meal you just ate and prevent out-of-control CRAVINGS for the nutrients your body wasn’t able to get when you gobble, gulp and go!
The most logical place to eat is at a table, but anywhere you feel calm and focused on the process of eating is a good place to eat, like a park bench on a sunny day, rather than eating at your desk while answering emails. Or listening to music rather than watching TV.
When you eat your foods mindfully you'll avoid eating foods compulsively and you'll be less likely to overeat.
SO LET’S START EATING MINDFULLY!
Turn off emails, computers and phones. Make your meal a 'special time' just for you. Put down a tablecloth and bring out your favorite china. Turn on your table top fountain or drink your water from a crystal goblet instead of a glass.
Sit comfortably in your chair. Take 3 slow deep breaths in and out. Clear your mind and start focusing only on your meal.
Look at the COLORS of your food. Savor the beauty of what’s come from the earth, the rain, the sun and the sea.
Pay attention to the TEXTURE of your food, utensils, and the napkin on your lap.
Bring the food up to your nose as if you’ve never smelled it before and inhale.
Chew your food for about 25 chews. Notice the feel of the food, let yourself BREATHE while chewing and then relish and enjoy all the flavors and aromas of every single delectable morsel of the meal you prepared in front of you.
It would be better to eat a mindful SNACK and delay a full meal until you can achieve a calm mental state that will support and nourish you.
When you eat mindfully, you'll enjoy your foods way more and you'll give your body the pleasure it needs to truly feel satisfied.
I know many plans tell you to eat mindfully and listen to your body and you may have thought that really didn't work for you, but when you practice Intuitive Eating, you'll be totally set-up to actually eat mindfully and listen to the needs of your body. For the first time your body won't be lying to you.
SO WHAT I'M TRYING TO SAY IS:
You can eat the healthiest food on the planet, but if you eat it in a mindless hurried state you're cheating your body.
So at least have ONE MEAL a day where you can bask in the first 4 bites to heighten your senses. The 1st four bites will help you connect with your sense of satisfaction and give you the pleasure your body needs to feel satisfied, preventing the overeating. Something so easy to learn when you practice: