This New York Times article came to my attention by way of a tweet by purplesque, and I thought it was interesting because I am familiar with the Buddhist approach of mindfulness. I hadn’t read of applying mindfulness to mealtime and eating before, but it makes sense to me.
You see, I like the concept of mindfulness because it is simple and plain to understand. It is a meditative perspective, as I understand it, yet it is not as fussy as other approaches to meditation I have seen, often through the interpretation of a Westerner. As best I understand it, mindfulness is simply focusing on being, on being aware of the things you are doing, right in that moment. I had seen mindfulness described as a walking exercise; that is, mindfulness walking is meditating on walking, wherever that may be for that time, being aware of your breathing, your pace and movement of your legs, and so on.
So, mindfulness at mealtime is similar– focusing on the taste, texture, and smell of the food; the atmosphere around you; the company you are with; and so on. The implication the article makes is by conscious effort to slow down, to remove distractions, and to enjoy a meal without haste or pressure– one can eat in a more healthy way. There is more time to recognize prompts of “hungry” and “full” or “satiated”.
I will let you read the article, dear readers, that you might decide for yourselves. I did find it interesting as I appreciate Eastern paths as an approach to living.