Mindfulness takes practice. You are having to retrain your brain to get out of the terrible rut you have formed in your life. It does take time and effort. But, slowly you should start to recognise that you are taking mindful moments without thinking that you must. They will start to become your new habits and you will start to recognise the positive effects it is having on your life.
Today, the exercise involves something you do everyday, eating!
Mindful Eating Exercise
You can use any food you desire. However, you may enjoy doing this exercise with a piece of chocolate!
– LOOK at the food they will be eating. What does it looks like? What do you notice? What colour is it? Is it small or large?
– Smell the food. Does it have a smell? What does it smell like?
– Direct your attention to how it feels. Can you squeeze it? Is it firm or soft? Is it smooth, sticky or rough? Warm or cold? Does it make any sounds?
– Very slowly, put the piece of food in your mouth but do not chew it! Leave it on the tongue. How does it feel on the tongue? Can you taste anything? Does it smell differently in your mouth?
– Begin to chew it slowly; one mindful chew at a time. Does the taste change? How does it feel in the mouth?
– Notice when you swallow, and see how far you can feel the food into your body.
Though you may not want to eat an entire meal in this way, you may want to do this with the first bite of your meal. Taking time to savour that first bite can focus us on enjoying the meal.
Make a mental note about this #mindfulmoment and congratulate yourself for being in the present.
Repeat a couple of times today.
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