As our lives get busier and more frantic, eating has become an activity that we usually do alongside other activities. Another aspect of mindless eating that we are usually guilty of, is looking forward to the next bite instead of savoring the mouthful that is already in our mouth. Cultivating mindfulness through eating is a helpful way to increase our overall awareness and mindfulness. Another great mindfulness eating meditation that has been popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn is the Raisin Exercise. Eating with mindfulness means we will avoid ingesting all the stress, anxiety and unrest of a distracted mind. Be it watching TV, working, answering emails, or thinking about what we need to do next; rarely do we eat our meals with mindfulness and enjoy the flavors of the food. Practicing mindfulness in general has many great benefits such as reducing our stress levels, increasing our happiness, and allowing us to slow down and really enjoy our days with the people we love.

In fact, in the book, Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, well-known Vietnamese Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, explains how we can use a simple apple to practice a mindful eating meditation.
It requires taking one sole raisin (or sultana) and eating it with a great sense of curiosity. And aside from the benefit of really enjoying our food, the calmness and presence we cultivate from eating mindfully will help us to enjoy life more as well. I just shared your post on my page as I needed a little inspiration to be mindful when I’m eating.
It’s almost as though we don’t consider eating interesting enough that we need to create further excitement by reading the news, checking Twitter or texting. But the practice of mindfulness teaches us that there is nothing more precious than the present moment, so even eating becomes an activity that is worthy of our undivided attention. But the difference is that when you eat with mindfulness, you can actually taste, experience and enjoy all the flavors.

If we can practice mindfulness eating meditation for one meal or even a snack, it can help to foster a greater awareness and calmness which we can then bring into the rest of our day. And as you become fully aware of eating the apple, you also become fully aware of the present moment.
I think the pace of our modern living and the ease of connectivity through electronics is definitely something that can challenge our mindfulness.
Ultimately, mindfulness is an invaluable tool for those who practice meditation, as mindfulness is an essential tool for improving our concentration, which leads to greater insights.
But if we can see the value in mindfulness eating and other activities we will have the determination to bring our mind back to the present again and again.

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