When was the last time you sat down to a meal and actually tasted every bite?
I’ve heard it said that after six bites of the same dish, our taste buds get bored.. Usually we are so busy talking or worrying over the days events that we hardly notice the food we are eating. In a very real way, our distraction can lead to our body hardly “noticing” its nourishment.
The quality of conversation during a meal can influence how your body assimilates food: staying conscious of what you think and say during eating allows food to be transformed into the most vital energy, capable of providing loving nourishment to the body and psyche. On the other hand, eating while angry or distracted may decrease the useful absorption of nutrients. Conscious eating is the first step toward a spiritually constructive and harmonious relationship with food, and learning to practice true calm during you meals can be satisfying and elevating..
An important part of my spiritual training took place in The Hungry Mouth Restaurant of San Francisco’s Baptiste Yoga and Health Center in the 1980’s, as both a chef and food server. As students of Raja Yoga, we were taught to apply what we were learning about the power of our thoughts into every part of our life, including food and its service. A hand-made sign over the stove reminded the chef to be aware of imbuing the food with love, Likewise, the waiters and waitresses were expected to be conscious of the quality of their thoughts while bring food from the chef to the customer and when serving. It was all about consciousness. (I devote an entire chapter to these principles in my book The Tenth Door.
Applying this knowledge to your food attitude during this holiday period will keep you clear and guilt free. And please remember, being conscious of eating does not preclude enjoying the holiday goodies. Be mindful to avoid even a trace of guilt! You’ll truly enjoy what you choose and every cell will sing!