Monday, July 13, 2015

Mindfulness Mondays: Mindful eating

h/t The Silver Ink 
Do you remember Charlie Bucket, from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fame?  He could make a bar of chocolate last all year long.  His secret? Mindful eating.

Unlike the rest of us- Charlie took his time unwrapping the chocolate bar and allowed a leisurely whiff of it's characteristic chocolate goodness.  He broke off a small piece and examined the chunk with full gratitude.  Placing it on his tongue he closed his eyes and savored the melting layers of flavor . . .

Yesterday I was Charlie Bucket at a mini-mindfulness retreat at my local Natural Grocers led by certified life coach Charles Gosset.CPC. Each participant took a small sample sized piece of Taza Chocolate. I am not sure how long this mindful eating meditation lasted but from this tiny morsel we all felt fully satisfied.  How often do we all rush through a "treat" and not give it our full attention? Take time this week to savor a meal or dessert- use all of your senses and direct your attention. Thanks Charlie Bucket!  

This week I will practice mindful eating.

1 comment:

  1. When I was in the fifth grade, someone smuggled a bag of M&M's into the classroom on several occasions. We passed the candy hand to hand under desks until everyone had received one. The hard shell melts away and a dollop of chocolate remains when one savors it during a math test or quiet reading time. They've rarely tasted so good. Thanks for the reminder.