I often discuss eating mindfully with my patients, but the other day as I was completing a meditation centered around mindful breathing I thought why just stop at eating mindfully? Why not live mindfully too? Honestly eating mindfully is quite difficult if you aren’t living mindfully as well. First of all let’s take a look at what mindfulness truly means.
Take a minute to think about what mindfulness means to you, thinking of some keywords you would use to define mindfulness.
A Google search for mindfulness yields the definition below:
1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
By using these definitions one can not only change eating habits but change their life as well! To start practicing and cultivating mindfulness I suggest meditation.
There are many applications and free meditations on the internet these days, but one of my favorite applications to use for mediation is “The Insight Timer” which provides a mediation timer and guided meditations for free.
I also suggest incorporating yoga into your lifestyle. Many believe that yoga is just a form of exercise but the original yogis’ yoga practice consisted of meditation, asanas (poses) came later on.
Lastly, I suggest loving the life you are living now and living in the present moment. This article gives great tips for doing this: http://tinybuddha.com/blog/stop-waiting-tomorrow-3-steps-loving-life-now/.
Good luck on your journey to cultivate mindfulness!