A mindful-eating exercise

Thursday, December 10, 2009

In her books, Susan Albers offers many mindful-eating exercises. Here's an abbreviated version to try. Though the classic exercise involves a raisin, Albers recommends a piece of chocolate. I knew I liked her.

How to take a mindful bite? Think of your mouth as being like a magnifying glass, zooming in. Imagine that each bite is magnified 100 percent. Pay close attention to all your senses. Use your tongue to feel the texture. Gauge the temperature. Take a whiff of the aroma. Ask yourself, "How does it really taste? What does it feel like in my mouth? Is this something I really want? Does it satisfy my taste buds? Is my mind truly present when I take a bite so that I experience it fully?"

-- J.L.H.

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