I'm still a little hung up on my little union of gratitude and meaning that came to me last week. So much so, that I am merging in a third idea: mindfulness.
This word has been the topic of much discussion at home lately. I can't claim to know very much about the idea, but I can share a little bit about what it means to me.
First, mindfulness in regards to eating. A mindful eating experience would include being aware of how the food feels and smells as you prepare it. The sensation of the food in your hands, the aromas of it cooking, the sight of it on your counter/in your pot/etc. Using all your senses before it even gets to your mouth. Then, mindfulness of the food on your fork, or in your hands; feeling it's weight, noting the texture, inhaling it's scent as it nears your mouth.
Once you take a bite, be aware of all the sensations you're experiencing. How good it smells, the feel of the food in your mouth, how it tastes. Maybe even enjoy the subtle mixing of flavors as you chew and enjoy, using all your senses.
This donut, for which I was very grateful last week, was an example of a mindful eating experience. First, it sat on my desk for some time before I ate it. So I could smell the sugary coconut for awhile. Then, I picked it up, noted it's weight, the feel of the coconut flakes kind of smashing into the icing as I held it, then took a bite. The awesome and kind of surprising thing, was that it tasted much like it looked (heavenly), but with a hint of lemon. Interesting, right?
So, let's bring mindfulness into this marriage of gratitude and meaning. What do you think? I think it's fantastic. Feeling more present in your moment, more aware. Experiencing your gratitude with all your senses. Finding meaning in that moment.
And, eating coconut donuts.