Do you sometimes feel tired, frazzled or disheartened? You are not alone. Rituals help us maintain a sense of balance and direction in our lives. But I believe that the real importance of rituals is their ability to evolve with us.
Perhaps you are coming to the close of a busy week. May be you have been ‘burning the candle at both ends’ for a while. Or you may just need some time out. My suggestions are simple and need not cost you anything. If you truly want a day to recharge, then let your friends and family know that you are going off line for the day.
Mindful living means that we focus on the current moment, whether that be talking with our children or eating our food. But it doesn’t mean that we lose connection with the bigger picture of our life. Having a sense of purpose and setting goals gives our life meaning, but this needs to be balanced with focussing on NOW.
Mindful eating is our second article in our three week series on mindfulness . Mindful eating is a compassionate observation of your eating habits. I mention compassionate, because it is a non-judgemental way of getting in touch with your way of eating. Mindful eating is being aware of what, why and how you are eating. It is the opposite of eating on autopilot. I am often asked if it is possible to become a mindful eater, and my answer is always “yes, as long as you see the benefit of the change”.
Mindfulness is a bit of buzzword at the moment, but its origins are thousands of years old. It is a foundation practice of Buddhism and Hinduism, and it has influenced traditional medicine practices, such as Ayurveda from India and Traditional Chinese Medicine. It was introduced into Western psychology in the 1970’s. Mindfulness is the focussing of your attention on the current moment, being aware of the purpose (of your thoughts or actions) and being compassionate about what you observe.
Is it time to let go of old habits and introduce new choices that create more energy, better health and a greater sense of wellbeing? Eating for You offers a totally personalised approach to eating and living. It shows how mindfulness helps to transform unhelpful and unhealthy habits. This week I share an extract from the book, Eating for You, to expand upon the concept of mindfulness and the Eating for You approach.