This Christian mindfulness exercise helps us eat with mindfulness and gratitude. Practicing mindful eating is a big leap for me.
Growing up, I ate as quickly as possible at the dinner table so I could be excused. My parents were undergoing a tense period when I was young. And I didn’t want to be around the sarcasm and disagreements. My husband is still amazed at how fast I can scarf down a plate of food.
Christian mindfulness calls for us to appreciate our food as a gift from God and to enjoy every bite. This technique is also used in weight loss, for it allows us to understand when we have had enough food.
Here’s the exercise:
- Begin each meal with a prayer of thanksgiving. Some ideas for prayer at the table are here.
- Then put down your fork or spoon between each bite.
- Concentrate on the taste.
- Only pick up your fork again when you have finished eating the bite.
- If you are eating something with your hands, put it down on the plate between bites.
A meal together is also a good time to talk about how you experience God in your day. Sharing the best things that happened to you that day also creates opportunities for deep conversation and understanding.
Other thoughts on mindful eating are here.