If you have ever taken a yoga class you may have heard your yoga teacher give you cues in class. Such physical and metal cues might include: lift the knee caps, draw you shoulders onto your back, find your breath, hug your muscles to your bones, relax the belly and the face. When you hear these cues that's your yoga teacher giving you the opportunity to listen more deeply. You are drawn inward, the mind calms and a deeper experience occurs.
Food like your body in yoga has a voice. The practice of mindful eating comes to fruition when we learn to cultivate awareness and hear our bodies' needs in relationship to food.
Let me be more specific.
For breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a snack, how many options are available?
Does that sometimes feel confusing or overwhelming to you?
For me it does.When we are confronted with LOTS of options the mind might want one thing while the body might want another . Who are we listening to? The food? The mind? The body? Whose needs get met? What needs get met? How can we learn to listen more deeply with food as our guide?
Below is a personal experience I had one morning at breakfast while I was on a retreat last year.
I had just finished my morning yoga practice and a THOUGHT came to me.
I want an egg and yogurt for breakfast. My mind confirmed, "You haven't eaten much protein since the retreat started. Here's your opportunity. Take it now. This egg is the only sign of (animal) protein you will see all day. ( We served a vegetarian diet at the retreat)
As I approached the breakfast buffet I noticed myself slow down and a little voice inside said to me, "Are you sure you want the eggs and yogurt?"
I was grateful that I heard that little voice and decided to ask it what it meant.
So I just stood there looking at this spread of delicious organic food and silently I asked the food to talk to me.
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