Over the last two weeks, I have been focusing on eating mindfully and being present with my meal. No working, no multitasking, no upsetting conversations while eating. I sit quietly and focus on my food. I enjoy each bite and chew my food thoroughly. I find putting my fork down in between bites helps me focus on chewing. I notice that I'm breathing - full, deep breaths. Some days are more challenging than others and I want to look at my phone, or email or even flip through a cookbook, but for the most part, I stay present. This practice is teaching me how often I reach for a distraction and how much I hurry to get to the next thing - for what?
After my meal, I sit or lie down for 5 minutes and then walk or move mindfully for another 5 minutes. Sitting after eating has been the hardest part, but setting my timer helps, as does focusing on my breath. Interestingly, this practice is creating more space in my life.
It's prompting me to slow down and become more aware.
I tend to reach for my phone and listen to a podcast or manta music whenever I go for a run or walk. Yesterday, I left my phone at home and walked for an hour with my pup, Ollie. I felt more connected, more at ease and less hurried. Ollie seemed more relaxed too. It was a refreshing and peaceful experience.
I am an animal loving-Vegan runner, I practice and teach Kundalini Yoga and I love to cook and eat flavorful plant-based food.