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Meditate, Share, Connect, Explore, Grow

Optional Meditation Instruction and Posture Clinic is at 7:00 PM. The topic for this Meetup will be Mindful Eating, with Michael.

THE PRACTICE:

For this meditation, practice being mindful of all your senses. 1) Use your sight to look at food’s color and shape with full concentration. 2) Smell a food’s aroma—both cooked and uncooked. Can you tell when something is fresh or spoiled? 3) Taste foods by letting it linger in your mouth for a long time, chewing it and extracting the entire flavor it has to give you. Do you like (or dislike) it? 4) Experience details of a food’s texture and sound as you chew. 5) Hear food as you crunch, munch, and pop it in your mouth.

QUESTIONS:

1. Mindful eating is about being present. How can you relate this exercise to other activities in your life?

2. Acknowledging the growth of an object helps us to see the beauty in things. Sometimes it can be hard seeing the forest through the trees. How can your attention to detail help you stay present?

QUOTES:

“And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart:
Your seeds shall live in my body,
And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,
And your fragrance shall be my breath,
And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.”

Kahlil Gibran

“In the dimension of space and time,
We chew as rhythmically as we breathe.
Maintaining the lives of all our ancestors,
opening an upward path for descendants.
So when we eat mindfully we can be in direct contact with our ancestors as well as our descendants and use the time of eating to see how we can nourish the best things our ancestors have passed onto us and how to continue to transmit what is most precious to future generations.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

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