(adapted from Anger by Thich Nhat Hanh)
Eating is a Deep Practice, chewing carefully with joy. Take a pause to get in touch with company and surroundings. The practice excludes “chewing” negative preoccupations and diversions such as music, TV or reading.
When chewed thoroughly, the food is already partly digested. Eating mindfully allows satiation to be registered.
Chinese term for an alms bowl used by monks or nuns means “the instrument for appropriate measure.” Food to the top of the bowl is sufficient.
Guides to Mindful Eating
Breathe 3 times before measuring out food portions.
Say the contemplations before serving (and with the first bites).
Weigh or measure using an “alms” bowl (any instrument of appropriate measure).
Eat only in community. If alone, commune with nature through a window or flowers on the table.
Chew each bite 30 to 50 times.
Eat all that is taken.
Forego taking seconds.
Fill time between meals with service & restorative practices