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Mindful Eating - Nerdful Mind #15

April 26, 2020 by Simon Mannes

Where is your mind when you are eating? Are you fully present with your meal or do you think about something else, listen to a podcast or watch your favorite series?

Just like cooking, eating is a wonderful opportunity to practice mindfulness. You see your food on the table. You smell it. In your mouth, you can feel the texture, temperature and taste of the food.

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.” Dalai Lama

I enjoy watching TV or listening to a podcast while eating. But I found out that I need one meal a day where I just focus on eating. Otherwise my mind feels too stuffed.

You don’t need to focus on every single bite you take. Be aware of how you feel after you finish eating and find out what works for you.

Reading Recommendations

Meditation Can be Anything - Amanda O’Bryan, PhD - Medium

These are rule-less times. Times when it might be best to throw out what’s “normal” and start over. I just read a list of things that you shouldn’t feel obligated to do right now. One of the items on…

Does modern neuroscience really help us understand behavior?

Lately, some neuroscientists have been struggling with an identity crisis: what do we believe, and what do we want to achieve? Is it enough to study the brain’s machinery, or are we missing its larger design?

The Tools of a Blind Programmer – Parham Doustdar's Blog

When I posted the Autobiography of a Blind Programmer, I received a lot of requests asking about the way I use the computer, how I write code, and how I understand abstract concepts.

Weekly Mindfulness Practice

The next time you eat something, try to imagine where every individual ingredient comes from. How far has each ingredient traveled? How many people have been involved in getting your this meal to your table?

This is an interesting question to meditate on. It shows us how connected we are with others in this world.

End note

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Have a great week

Simon

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