One of the reasons I want to write a series of blogs that focus on how you can find “meditation moments” in your every day is because I think so many of us miss out on the benefits of meditation because we think it has to be a formal, lengthy, or a complicated practice. While there is of course huge benefit from creating a ritualized and consistent meditation practice, we can’t all accomplish that due to life circumstances or where we are at emotionally with ourselves. So, if we can find some small ways in our daily lives to be meditative why not do that and call it our practice? I’m not judging if you not!
My hope is that this way of thinking has you considering the power of taking even 1-minute of your day to be more present, more in the moment, more about something joyful or energizing, or tap into anything that lights a smile inside of your heart, mind, and body. Come on – feel the love!
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
I struggle with this everyday mindfulness moment still, but I do know that it is a moment that has many benefits if we try to get it going for ourselves. It is being thoughtful and present as we plan, purchase, prepare, and eat our food.
Now, why be present and thoughtful around all things related to food? Well frankly there are so many suggested benefits that I would bore you if I listed them all, but some of the ones that intrigue me are:
- Enjoyment in the process of shopping or cooking
- Feelings of gratitude at the meals you can prepare
- Self-love and care expressed in your choices of food
- The suggestions given by nutritionists of health benefits such as weight loss or maintenance, less acid reflux, food for fuel thinking and not for feelings, etc.
This month I have personally decided, after an illness that has kept me from being really concerned about food, that I will be more thoughtful with my food. I hope that this month of focus will bring about some healing to my body after a run of medications has knocked me a bit off internally and that maybe this time around I will continue with the practices beyond the month.
Here is what I am doing:
- Setting my intention with eating and discover what I want to get out of my food?
- I found that I have a combination of wanting to not feel sick from the foods I eat (this happens a lot for me) and I want to use food sometimes emotionally, but only if I am conscious that I am doing that (in other words if the bag of cookies makes it into my mouth I want to just do it and not act like it isn’t happening and then feel guilty).
- Seeing if I can meal plan and how far out.
- I can, but only for a few days at a time or I get bored and throw food away or eat things I don’t want to eat. So, I am planning to shop more frequently.
- Also, a sub item that came out of this was that I am tired of eating things because I bought them…I want to eat what sounds good to me.
- Not multitasking at meals.
- UGH…This one is so difficult for me, which raised my suspicion that I really have a good reason to try it.
- I have committed to focusing one a meal a day and during snacks (as I tend to be most absent with snacks).
- Enjoy food again.
- After a diagnosis of multiple food sensitivities, I have come to fear and resent food – it has been an ugly year for me and my former BFF food and I want the love back in our relationship.
- I am loving shopping.
- I am loving cooking – even cutting all those little pieces of veggies up!
I don’t know where you are with your food – and maybe you don’t either. Coming out of the Winter and into the Spring is a good time to check in with yourself on your intentions and focuses with your food. Bringing this thoughtfulness to your meals has the power to help you in many ways.
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My name is Susan, and I am a Certified Neurosculpting® Facilitator and the Director of Corporate Programs for the Neurosculpting® Institute. I am also a wife, mom, friend to many, a skier, a boxer and according to my dog – a pretty good dog mom!
I believe it is important for potential clients to understand how I came to Neurosculpting®, as it often connects me to you.