When was the last time you ate a meal quietly and happily, relishing every single bite without the distraction of your cell phone, TV, or the cacophony in your head?
When was the last time you bonded with family members over a meal without thinking about the stresses of the day or answering office calls/emails during family meals?
When was the last time you ate a meal in nature, either in peace and quiet or with someone you love?
When was the last time you truly tasted a meal... its aroma, its texture, its temperature, etc.?
Many of us may not even remember a time in our near past when we enjoyed a meal this way. These days, many of us eat our meals in front of our computers/TVs, in our cars (lost in thought), or skip meals completely due to work pressure. We have deadlines to meet... fires to put out... and no time to bond with anyone else, including our own selves. We eat just because we have to. And, while we do, our senses are in different places not allowing us to truly enjoy the experience of eating.
I encourage you to eat alone today. When you do:
Relish every morsel of food that goes into you. If you are eating a bowl of vegetable rice, enjoy its fragrance, feel the grains in your mouth, the crunch of the vegetables, and relish the subtle sweet flavor hidden in all the other flavors. If you are having a bowl of soup, feel the warmth of the soup as it goes down your throat, enjoy the burst of flavors in your mouth - is it sweet, spicy, pungent, sour, or salty?
Be completely present in that moment enjoying the food that is going to nourish your body.
Be thankful for the food that has come to you after going through so many hands (ones that may be lucky to enjoy such food and ones that may not even get any).
Eat till your stomach is 70 percent full.
In return for your time and mindfulness, your body will reward you with better digestion, lesser body aches and pains, and a clear head.
Leaving you with a mindful meal prayer to remember at meal time.
I am grateful for this meal.
I am blessed to be eating this nourishing meal.
I am appreciative of the many hands that worked hard for these fruits, vegetables, and grains to reach my plate.
I am thankful for the nourishment this meal provides my body.
I am glad I am present in this moment relishing every single bite.