Mindfulness and your favourite food – how are they connected? Are they even connected?

Imagine eating your most favourite food. Your mouth waters. You salivate. All your senses go on alert. And all you think of is the thing you most desire. Now! You will endeavour to get it at any cost and devour it like no tomorrow. Even get on a broomstick or a magic carpet to satisfy your craving. You are being totally mindful in satisfying your need.

Yet, when you get to savour this deliciousness, your mind is on the next thing or you are talking to others at the dinner table, eating it in front of TV, in the car or on the hop. You gobble it down like there is no tomorrow. All you do is go through the motions. You think you have tasted and savoured out tasty morsel. Furthermore, you even make comment on how yummy it was. And then you move on to the next thing in the same manner. Where did mindfulness go?

You are forever on the move.

On the one hand, you were focussed on obtaining this morsel of tastiness, yet when you ate it you were elsewhere. Why is this? What happens between obtaining and eating? Did you actually experience the whole process you went through? Or were you just going through the motions?

I have news for you. Most of you go through the motions. Your lives are so full rushing here and rushing that, that time is not taken to savour the moments wholly. My French grandmother taught me how to be in the moment of enjoyment many years ago when she was sipping on her ‘Blonde’ (a pale ale) in a brasserie in her hometown. I was eager to get up and go once I had downed my drink. She wouldn’t be bugged nor hurried.

‘Ma chère grandfille, il faut goûter tous ça.’
(You must savour all of this.)

And at the time, I didn’t fully understand what it meant until I started to meditate and be mindful in my life. Then I grasped it: my grandmother was unconsciously practising mindfulness. She didn’t have to be taught or reminded. It was there. Was it her advanced age made a difference as she had all the time in the world? Where I was young and wanted to do as much as possible. Even on holidays visiting her, I wanted to rush around like a lunatic. Rather than savouring our moments together creating beautiful memories.

Consciously conscious

When you are consciously conscious of what you are doing, you have a totally different experience. All your senses are heightened. Everything is brighter, clearer, and tastier. Your body, mind and soul are immersed in the experience. Time is of no object. In fact, it stands still and flies by. Where did the time go, you may ask?

Nothing got in the way of your total enjoyment. There were no distractions. No to-do lists. And no ‘I should’ be’s. The experience was bliss, energising, fun, and enjoyable. It stays in your memory. You have recall, right down to the last detail.

And your desired tasty morsel tasted delicious. It was heaven. Like nothing else. Why isn’t it always like this? Well, because you didn’t take the time to be mindful and savour it.

Definition of mindfulness.

Mindfulness is being continuously present in the moment with every experience in your everyday life. It means paying attention in a focused way without judgement. It is about noticing what is going on right now. Mindfulness is active. It is about being conscious and present in your all that you do. You are free from distraction and overwhelm. You are free from busy thoughts and a busy mind. It is a way of being that creates a sense of peace and calm in your life. How can you obtain this? By practising meditation which creates the stillness for you to observe your mind to become mindful in your life.

Keep this in mind when you have that craving. See how different it will taste.

meet chantal

Chantal Vanderhaeghen is an intuitive guide, small business owner, creator of an international skincare brand, passionate philanthropist and meditation, reiki, tapping and mindfulness teacher. She works with women ready to make changes, shatters perceptions of beauty and perfection, and inspires people ready to become mindful entrepreneurs. She lives with her talented man in the Perth Hills and can be found online at www.unfoldyoufreedom.com.au

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