How do you eat a whole meal mindfully? It would take forever.
The eating meditation was really interesting. I’ve never enjoyed a grape so much in my life! But I don’t get how I’d really eat a meal mindfully. It would take forever.
Eating an entire meal mindfully does indeed take a long time, but it is a great meditation practice and worth trying. Having a mindful cup of tea can be a really powerful mindfulness exercise to bring you into the present, letting go of worries and doubts. In general though, eating mindfully doesn’t have to involve an entire meal; even small amounts of mindful eating can be beneficial. Try eating just the first bite of every meal mindfully. It’s a great way to start a meal, and will generally set you up to be more aware of the rest of the meal, even if you aren’t doing a very slow meditative eating of the whole meal. Anything that slows your eating down a little can add to your mindfulness; we suggest putting your fork down between each bite and noticing what happens. You are likely to find that you pay more attention and get more satisfaction from your meal just by making this one little change. Of course, just making an effort to turn off the computer or TV while you eat will help you slow down, pay more attention to your food and have a better idea when you are full.