These days, many of us are busy reading email, texting, or consuming blog posts while we eat. Multi-tasking at meals is not beneficial for optimal digestion. It also makes our life feel stressed and crammed and diminishes the richness to be experienced in each moment.
For those of us who have forgotten, this is an exquisite primer in eating with awareness:
“What does it mean to eat a tangerine with awareness? When you are eating the tangerine, you are aware that you are eating the tangerine. You fully experience its lovely fragrance and sweet taste. When you peel the tangerine, you know that you are peeling the tangerine; when you remove a slice and put it in your mouth, you know that you are removing a slice and putting it in your mouth; when you experience the lovely fragrance and sweet taste of the tangerine, you are aware that you are experiencing the lovely fragrance and sweet taste of the tangerine. The tangerine Nandabala offered me had nine sections. I ate each morsel in awareness and saw how precious and wonderful it was.
I did not forget the tangerine, and thus the tangerine became something very real to me. If the tangerine is real, the person eating it is real. That is what it means to eat a tangerine in awareness…..
The path I have found is the path of living each hour of the day in awareness, mind and body always dwelling in the present moment. The opposite is to live in forgetfulness. If we live in forgetfulness, we do not know that we are alive. We do not fully experience life because our mind and body are not dwelling in the here and now.
- from Old Path, White Clouds, by Thich Nhat Hanh
I can almost smell and taste the tangerine just reading this sensational description!
Do you eat with awareness? If not, give it a try and let us know what it was like in the comments.
Thank you for reading! With love, Sandra