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Mindful Eating as Food for Thought


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.

Author: jaklumen

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3 thoughts on “Mindful Eating as Food for Thought

  1. This is interesting. Mindfulness is the principle behind the Japanese tea ceremony, which to an outsider looks like an excessively drawn-out tea party with a lot of exaggerated sipping and gesturing. The point however is to slow everything down to the moment of appreciating the tea. When you focus on the moment, your senses sharpen and everything gains clarity and focus, two things that are missing from modern life.

    Speaking of mindful walking, have you ever tried walking a labyrinth? I know there’s one in Portland and another in Vancouver. But I’ve been drawn to these places, which encourage one to meditate as one follows the pathway of the labyrinth. It’s kind of fun, and mystical, like you’re entering another level of being.


    • Wow. I didn’t know that about the tea ceremony… it makes more sense to me now, and I’m sure Cimmy will find that aspect all the more fascinating.

      I hadn’t heard of labyrinths before, well, not by that definition. It looks interesting. I wish there was one closer, but so far, it looks like Portland’s is closest. Definitely yet another reason to return to the area, although getting there will be a challenge (lack of funds, young autistic son, etc.)

      For now I should probably just consider getting back on a walking regimen again.


  2. Haven’t had a chance to read the article yet, but it sounds like a good approach to many aspects of living.
    Thank you for sharing!


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