Introduction to mindful eating
What is Mindful Eating it’s certainly not mainstream? If it was better understood far more people would adopt this ancient practice as a healthy lifestyle choice. From my personal experience, individuals will be happier, have a stronger connection to the earth, and their wellbeing, health, and vitality will be significantly enhanced.
Mindful eating or eating mindfully is a philosophy traditionally practiced by many spiritual paths and religious groups. More recently It is practiced in alternative communities and retreat and meditation centers and by conscious individuals. In essence, what it means: food is grown or raised with mindful awareness, then prepared and eaten in mindful silence.
Preparation to eat a healthy mindful meal
Living with the knowledge that all food has consciousness, those practicing mindful eating consciously prepare themselves and their food before eating. Hands and faces should be washed, appropriate clean clothing worn, and those involved in the preparation to meditate for at least fifteen minutes immediately before ‘hands on’ in the kitchen. All matter has consciousness, and consciousness is affected by emotions. If a helper arrives upset or angry, then it’s essential that they meditate immediately to calm their nerves, to regain their composure, and shift any unconscious thoughts/emotions into ones calmer, quieter and more peaceful. Even to the extent if one feels unbalanced, or is not in their highest consciousness then meditating before any preparation will return them to a place of connection, surrender, and service.
‘Helpers’ at any of the worldwide Vipassana meditation centers volunteer their time to prepare and serve all organic vegetarian meals for those attending Vipassana meditation ‘sits. This is done, so all food maintains the highest frequency as close as possible to the consciousness present before the plants were picked. Helpers also meditate before entering the kitchen, do not talk while working and serve and clean in silence. These subtle efforts are supportive of those attending the meditation sessions as it maintains their calm, meditative progress.
Vegetables and Meat:
Generally speaking, plants have a light, calm consciousness from growing in the earth itself, while meat a lower and heavier consciousness as their preparation involves levels of fear and stress from transport and being herded into unnatural surroundings awaiting slaughter. Their fear or stress releases stress chemicals directly into the body that passes into the meat, and that is digested by the consumer.
Any individual seeking the subtle shifts in consciousness arising from mindful eating can adopt the same philosophy and undertakings whether they are cooking for themselves or for a group of friends.
Conscious awareness / mindful eating:
Maintaining conscious awareness in the area of food preparation and consumption requires a different approach. Here the vibration of the person preparing the food is one dedicated to preserving their highest personal vibration not only in the physical preparation but also in their spiritual and mental development.
All external influences need to be considered. Any conflicting energies that may distract or lower their conscious vibration need to be minimized. For example, loud TV, radios channels or certain
music genres have the potential of reducing a person’s consciousness. Unrelated conversations can affect this, as will drugs or smoking, and alcohol.
The same applies to any individual preparing and cooking a meal at home.
Food should be carefully washed and placed in clean containers. The kitchen should be clean and uncluttered, all bench tops wiped. During the time of preparation, cooking and serving the highest levels of conscious awareness be maintained.
Acknowledging the bountiful offerings of Mother Earth as she surrenders some of this bounty up for the enjoyment and nourishment of others. The connection through Mother Earth with the cycles of the moon whose soft light has been part of the growth phases of plants. The same also applies to the growing energy provided by the sun. For the rain that has fallen, for the wind and for the insects that have been part of the whole process.
Appreciation also is given for those involved in the growing, harvesting, packaging and transportation of produce. Along with all workers engaged in the whole food industry for their hard work. To the shopkeepers, fruit growers, and drivers. All can be included in sincere appreciation and gratitude for their respective roles in bringing the food to the table.
Conclusion – Eating mindfully final part
Now all preparations are complete, and the food is ready to be served. A simple prayer can be offered, or incense lit or fresh flowers bought to the table. All meals should be eaten slowly and chewed thoroughly. Turn off all electronic gadgets, mobile phone, TV, etc. Play some nice relaxing or peaceful music in the background. Eat as if you were sitting in the middle of a forest, and all the food on your plate came from the forest around you. Appreciating every animal and bird, the sounds of the streams, the wind above in the trees, the shafts of mottled light touching the forest floor. All are associated in some way with the nourishment you are placing in your body. Observe the soft energy from all of these elements combining as they move into and throughout your whole body nourishing and revitalizing it and your whole being.