Monday, February 7, 2011

Staying Present by Seeing Food as a Gift.

A sentence from the book “Discover Mindful eating” by Megrette Fletcherand Frederick Burrgraf stuck with me long after the final page was turned. “Food is a gift that we deserve to respect.”

Far too often I take food for granted. I am blessed with adequate means to provide myself with nutritious, delicious, food every day. But remembering the gift that presents itself at every meal is a good way to bring wonder, respect and gratitude back to the kitchen table. Look deeply to see the effort, work, energy, and sacrifice in any food. Who brought this to your table? What was the food supply chain like? How far did this food travel? Do you know who grew it?

Madonna Mindfully eating

Mindfulness is being aware through the act of observing sensory experiences. It includes mental activity, physical sensation and your surrounds. You focus on the inner and outer existence of the current moment. Mindfulness enables us to see opportunities of generosity, kindness, compassion and understanding while freeing the mind of craving, hatred and confusion. Mindfulness promotes and preserves both physical and mental health. It enhances peach well being and joy in you body.

This week I’m going to focus on remembering the gift of food. Bringing this additional layer of mindfulness to my meals will hopefully. Celebrate each day and the gifts that it bears!

Suggested reading:

From “Discover Mindful Eating” by Megrette Fletcherand Frederick Burrgraf

And check out The Center for Mindful Eating online

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