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STUCK on RANDOM THINKING while I EAT!

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mindful eating When I lived in the States before immigrating to Israel exactly four years ago, I used to offer mindful eating workshops.

Mindful eating is a practice of bringing a person completely in touch with the food she is eating, noticing her body’s signals, and being in the present moment during the eating experience.

It’s more about how you eat, than what you eat (though, what you eat is very important!).

It’s an awesome practice.  Just awesome.  So much better than any diet anyone can try to convince you that works.

But, it takes effort.

Because the mind tends to hijack our attention innumerable times throughout the day.

And, unless we practice noticing to where our attention is going (or went to!), our minds will just unconsciously slip into a place of non-reality.

Like when I’m stuck on a branch while I’m eating.

Interestingly, it’s not any particular branch.  It’s just being stuck on thinking random thoughts: what are my plans for today? Did I forget to write that email?  Do I need to apologize to that person today?  Is the oven on?  Did I invite anyone for Shabbat dinner yet?

And, before I know it, my healthy bowl of home-made granola with nuts and seeds, yogurt, and freshly picked passion fruit to top it off… is finished.

Gone.

And, I want (desire) more!

Agh.

I hate when that happens!

OK, Shira… compassion.

The moment is gone.

Take a moment now and just notice.

Notice your body.

Notice your shoulders.

Notice the muscles between your eyebrows.

Notice your breathing.

Notice your body’s signals.

Are you hungry?

No?

Wonderful.

Keep practicing.

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Author: Shira Taylor Gura

Well-Being Coach, Podcast Host, Author of the award winning book, Getting unSTUCK: 5 Simple Steps to Emotional Well-Being.

5 thoughts on “STUCK on RANDOM THINKING while I EAT!

  1. I feel this way about eating kosher-but “listening” with your mindful instruction, just let go of large amount of stress!
    Todah Rabah~

  2. I just read your new blog for the first time, all of the entries at once and backwards. Not to inflate your ego too much, but it was brilliant- honest and searching. The answers are not so important, just being curious about who you are and sharing that so that others can be curious about who they are.

  3. Pingback: STUCK on SUGAR! | S.T.U.C.K. in the MUCK

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