Savouring life, re-connecting with the wonder of the world

Last week I encouraged you to take a few moment each morning mindfully taking 10 cleansing breaths on waking. This exercise was to prepare you for the day by taking a couple of moments practicing living in the moment mindfully.

This week we are going to begin exploring savouring by using food. The exercise I’m going to share with you is regularly used in mindfulness practice and training.

To begin with you will need two things. The first is a place to do the exercise where you can be comfortable and away from distractions and interruptions. If you live with other people you may need to ask them to give you some time alone for the exercise or you could invite them to join you.

You will also need a raisin for each person. Here are the instructions for the exercise.

Place the raisin in the centre of your palm and carefully examine it. Look at it from the perspective of seeing it as if for the first time. What do you notice about it? What colours? Shapes? Contours?

Notice the highlights where light shines….. the darker folds and hollows in the little wrinkles.

Take your time……..

Now take the raisin between your finger and thumb and carefully roll it to feel the texture. What do you notice about the feel of it? Is it rough or smooth? Notice the variability both visually and with the way it feels.

Take your time………

Any thoughts or ideas that come into your mind that question what you are doing can be noticed and released. So if you find yourself asking “what is the point of this exercise?” You can notice that thought and just let it go. There is no need to judge the comment or yourself. Return your focus to the raisin.

Now take that raisin and smell it. You might even find that if you close your eyes while smelling the scent will be even more powerful. What happens if you make a little tear in the raisin and then smell it?

Take your time……

Look at the raisin again. What do you notice now that you didn’t notice before?

Gently touch the tip of the raisin to the tip of your tongue. What do you notice? Now try touching the raisin to other parts of your tongue. Notice how the different taste buds give you different flavours.

Take your time….

Place the raisin in your mouth and slowly roll it around your mouth without biting into it. Notice how your mouth might be watering in response. What are noticing about the flavour now?

Take your time….

Gently bite the raisin to release even more flavour and very slowly chew the raisin noticing what happens to the consistency of it. Really take your time to chew.

Finally allow yourself to swallow when your body is ready noticing any sensations that accompany the raisin moving in its new for through your body to your stomach.

Take your time……

Notice how this experience compared to any time you have eaten a raisin before. I invite you to eat at least one meal mindfully this week. To do that sit at a table to eat. No TV, radio or chatter. Just you and the food.

I wonder if you will enjoy it more? You may also notice that you will be able to tune into your body and what it needs more.
Let me know how you get on …….

About Melody @ GWizlearning

Melody spent fourteen years gathering experience of the business world working in banking, telecommunications and the public sector before co-founding The GWiz Learning Partnership in 1993. Melody has a Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology, a degree in Psychology and a diploma in Psychotherapy. She is an NLP Master Trainer which allows her to run NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Trainer Training courses certified by the Positive School of Intrinsic Neuro-Linguistc Psychology. She is also a qualified Myers Briggs practitioner and EI practitioner and added to all this is five years Transactional Analysis training, meaning she is able to help organisations access the hidden potential in their staff. She is also in demand for her work in transforming average or even troubled teams into high performers. Melody is a visiting lecturer at University of East London, teaching "Wellbeing and Positive Psychology" to undergraduates. Additionally, she is a member of the CIPD and is ILM accredited. Melody's interests are many and varied. She has a keen interest in personal development, canine and wolf psychology, conservation, movies and running. She also enjoys western horse riding, walking the GWiz dogs, nature watching and stage combat (particularly sword fighting).
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