There are many ways to practise mindfulness in everyday life. This May, I hosted a Mindful Meal event at Melbourne’s much loved Serotonin Cafe offering a night to explore the practice of mindful eating in community.
Mindful eating is a simple way of practising mindfulness in everyday life where we bring an intention to be fully present to the meal by tuning in to our senses while eating rather than getting hijacked by thinking and pulled away from our experience. We experimented with wearing blindfolds as a way to tune in more sharply to our sense of taste. People shared how bringing this level of presence to eating significantly changed the experience of the meal for the better – whether it was needing less food to feel satisfied or simply enjoying and appreciating the meal more than they otherwise would have.
Following the meal I guided a mindful inquiry writing practice where participants were invited to free flow write reflections to three questions:
- What matters most to me is…
- What I could let go of, be that attitudes, behaviours, hopes, fears in order to support my greatest happiness is..
- What I could cultivate, be that attitudes, behaviours, hopes, fears in order to support my greatest happiness is…
People often think mindfulness is simply a practise to help us stay more present but it really is a practise that enhances your capacity to be present and aware of what matters most to you. With this self understanding you can make sure you are living a life aligned with your values which ultimately supports greater happiness and fulfilment. Why not try this mindful writing inquiry yourself now – just set the timer for ten minutes and free flow write reflections to the three questions above.
It was so nourishing to witness the power of mindfulness in supporting a way for people to reconnect with themselves, with what matters most to them and to create meaningful connections with those around them at the event.
It reminded me of this 5 min clip below and what it felt like the first time I explored bringing full presence to eye contact with someone.
It’s quite profound, how something as simple as maintaining eye contact with another person can be such
a powerful experience. We all crave connection, yet being truly seen can be uncomfortable if we’re not used to it. If you’ve never had this experience I invite you to try it, or perhaps re-try it with a friend or loved one and notice what arises.
If you do try the experiment above, I’d love to hear what you discover. Send me an email and let me know.