Monday, 16 March 2015

Simple Living Challenge - Day 7, and the Giveaway winner

Firstly, the giveaway winner. The number out of the random number generating digital hat was the number 6. The sixth commenter on the Simple Living Handbook giveaway blog post was

Kathi in Florida! 


Kathi, if you email me your address via everydaylifeonashoestring@gmail.com, I will send the book to you.


Getting back to the Simple Living Challenge, Day 7's task to eat a meal mindfully.

I sort of cheated by checking that challenge off on a meditation retreat I attended in January that happened to fall just at the end of the first week of the Kindspring challenge. There was a period of silence from one evening to the next morning that incorporated breakfast. Mindful porridge and toast eating? Check!

Mindful eating has many aspects. Going more slowly can make flavours appear more flavoursome and you might reflect on where your food has come from, the sun's role, and all those who contributed to the food arriving on your plate, from the farmer through to the shopkeeper. Maybe there's the possibility of becoming more aware of yourself as the caretaker of your body (and the planet), and any tendencies towards over or under-eating, and the chance for greater appreciation of any companions who are sharing food alongside you, or those people who may not have the good fortune of a ready supply of food or family and friends with whom to eat. 

This mindfulness can extend to the preparation of the meal and the clearing up of the meal afterwards; shopping, food waste...the list goes on. No wonder that mindful eating should feature on the list of Kindspring simple living challenges.

And, like the other tasks of the challenge, not just something to be checked off once.

When not on a meditation retreat, breakfast tends to be my least mindful meal. Today, for example, everyone ate breakfast at a different time, and whilst they were doing that I was a wild, pyjama-clad woman, ironing school uniform, proofreading Daughter's due-in-today geography project, making packed lunches, gulping down a cup of tea and signing school organisers, all at the same time. Way to go on the mindful breakfast front at home.

In the evening we try and eat together, at the table, in a less hurried fashion. We don't always think about who grew the durum wheat from which our pasta's made or acknowledge Brother Sun, but it's a time where we slow down and listen to the exploits of each others' days. That's a start.

Mindful ice cream eating...

2 comments:

  1. that's something I have never heard of Mindful Eating, but it makes sense.

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  2. I try to practice mindful eating sometimes, but I concentrate on the flavors and sensations that are happening. That keeps me in the present. However, I also agree that it is very important to be mindful of where our food comes from and how it got to us, but I can't juggle all of those things in my mind and still do mindful eating. I'm not sure if I've just made any sense, but thanks for the reminder to be mindful.

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