Mindfulness and Eating

Mindfulness begins with the breath. Thich Nhat Hanh says that eating in mindfulness is an important practice .When you are ready to eat he suggests saying “Breathing in,I calm my body.Breathing out I smile”,three times .Although initially it may be hard to reach a state of calm equilibrium ,with practice we will begin to see eating in a state of mindful calm as an enjoyable ritual.Instead of mindlessly grabbing whatever food is available, healthy or not, we can see that slowing down,savouring each bite will make us more aware of the quality of the food we prepare and eat.Focusing our attention on the breath has a calming effect which will also extend into other areas of our life.We can often eat as an emotional response to a situation we find ourselves in,but instead of beating ourselves up and repeating the pattern we can learn mindful self compassion.Yes we may find a certain situation hard, but we can learn to be kinder to ourselves and learn to practice self compassion. Thich Nhat Hanh’s book Peace is Every Step is available on amazon https://amazon.co.uk/dp/0712674063.

Thankful;Psalm 100

Published by carolinerainsford

I am Caroline Rainsford a Health Blogger and author of 'Health and Weight Management Teachings From The East' .I believe healthy eating habits ,exercise and self compassion are the keys to Health and weight management for all ages.Follow me on this blog to join in this healthy lifestyle community to engage your motivation and change !

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