Mindfulness. This word seems to be floating around a lot in the health field nowadays. Meditation and yoga teachers preach it all the time, but you may have noticed that it’s been seeping its way into other aspects of wellness as well. So, what does that mean for you?
Mindfulness is a state of [present moment] awareness that we calmly and nonjudgmentally notice and acknowledge our feelings, thoughts and sensations. The idea is to observe, and within these observations, learn a bit more about yourself. Perhaps you’ll notice long term patterns emerging, start to recognize your reaction to common situations or even pinpoint what types of foods you reach for when specific emotions come up.
You may have heard the ways to become mindful is through meditation and yoga. That’s true, and if meditation is something you want to dabble in, there are some great apps for quick daily meditations. And yes, yoga is a moving meditation that is very much a mindfulness practice, but does that mean you need to run out and purchase a yoga mat and some Lulu’s to be able to practice presence, absolutely not. You can begin a mindfulness practice right from the comfort of your current space - and no one even needs to know it’s happening.
I’d like to focus this discussion on a specific type of mindfulness, and that’s around food.
Take a moment and ask yourself the following questions: