Mindfulness

I went to a meditation retreat this weekend at the Meditation Center of Chicago. The retreat was led my a monk of U.K. decent who has been teaching meditation for 20 years. The Buddhist practice of this meditation was from Thai origin. We were instructed to practice mindfulness in everything we did, even down to each bite of food for lunch. I was really amazed at how present I was while I was eating my lunch. I paid attention to each bite, looking at my fork full of food and appreciating how pretty and colorful it was, and then chewing it slowly and savoring it. I wish I could eat like this for every meal, I thought to myself. I believe that’s why most Americans are over weight and not healthy, it’s because they do t practice mindfulness when they eat. We are mostly asleep and robotic when we eat and do other daily routines. Mindfulness is huge, it’s everything; and mixed with the right intention, it can move mountains.

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