Twelve participants joined us this past Saturday for a two hour Mindful Eating workshop. As I prepared for this workshop, it helped me reflect on the deep benefit of sustaining a daily Mindful Self-Compassion practice. This meditation practice skillfully interrupts the vicious Stress and Eating Cycle that loops around and around bringing us deeper into despair and weight gain. Try it on for size, no pun intended! When you feel under stress and are prone to reach for food laden with sugar and fat, PAUSE and take a moment to recognize that you are stressed out. Remind yourself that you are not alone in this. We live in a culture where fast, cheap food is accessible wherever we go. Sometimes it is much easier to cram food down our throats when what we really need is to reach out to a friend, take a nap, get some exercise or simply breath in an out. Be kind to yourself if you have chosen the food to remedy whatever is bothering you. Each moment is a new moment to pause and pay attention to what you really need. In the long run, it is so beneficial to find other solutions besides high calorie food.
Where is your mind right now? Without judging the findings, chances are you may have been thinking about something in the future or trying to resolve something from the past.
We are hard-wired to scan for problems and threats. Research shows that we spend about 50% of our waking hours in this state of mind called the default mode network.
There is another way though and that is with mindfulness; being present to more moments of your day without judgmentas you live them. Is this a day that you can tip the scales and be present more than 50% of the time to what is happening, as it is happening?? You may be surprised with how wonderful it feels to live more of your moments fully.