Venue and time this week: Sunday September 17, 2017, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, facilitated by Greg at Moksha Yoga, London Ontario, Canada. Half hour drop-in meditation on Tuesday September 19, 8 – 8:30 pm, facilitated by Daniel.
Schedule: Sunday’s meditation 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm will involve a mini mindfulness of eating component as a taster for the later event. Break for chat and mindful tea 7:00 – 7:15 pm roughly; 7:15 – 8:00 pm: Discussion on the topic Exploring mindful eating, facilitated by Greg. This will also include a meditation of about 12 minutes on mindful exploration (e.g. eating, sensing, being). All are welcome to either or both of these events.
Daily activities such as mindful eating will be used to illustrate mindfulness, in a light, fun and tasty way. Mindfulness is not about denial, but about exploring what is actually already here. It can lead us to profound enjoyment of everyday activities, such as eating and sharing food. Where we approach eating not as a robotic activity, but as an exploration. We use it this Sunday as a light way to introduce mindfulness to a wide audience. And Yes! You will get to eat! While we are busy looking for “solutions”, how to look a certain way, attain certain goals, mindfulness asks us only to be curious and have fun, doing so. Instead of solving our problems, we arrive at the Banquet, that is our life, in this moment, and taste its sour and sweet moments, welcoming each equally, with open arms.
Suggested exercise to prepare for the evening. Pick a food, preferably one that you’re not familiar with. And find a time where you can meditate in whatever way you choose, perhaps bringing attention to your breath or body. Then bring attention to your chosen food. Explore its wrapping or appearance. Bring to mind the people who helped bring this food to you; the rain and sunshine that made it possible. And notice its appearance. Smell it, take in its colors. Then languidly take small bites, joyfully exploring its tastes and sensations. Notice any tendency to grasp or gulp down the food quickly. Then return to gently cradling it in your mouth, tasting it a little piece at a time. Knowing that this activity can be repeated endlessly. We will provide food for the mindfulness explorations. However if you have food sensitivities or allergies, but still want to participate, feel free to bring your own small items of food.
You might enjoy pioneer of modern mindfulness Thich Nhat Hanh speaking about the essence of mindful eating:
You might also enjoy Judson Brewer leading researcher on mindfulness and addictions:
Here is a short mindfulness video for children about mindful eating:
The London Mindfulness Community (LMC) is a community of mindfulness enthusiasts. Our meditations are designed to be accessible to those who drop in occasionally. These topics are presented in a self-contained way and will be posted on our website (usually by the previous Thursday). Those wanting to know more about integrating mindfulness into daily life, can benefit from our Sunday Discussions. Our meditations and discussions are free, and gratefully accept donations to help with materials and training