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Mindful : December 2015
11ways to take time for what matters 2 Honor the Elements Every piece of food we eat has its own rich origin story, which we usually don’t think about. Next time you sit down for a meal, take a moment to acknowledge ever ything that went into the food on your plate. Consider the people who made it, bought the ingredients, stocked the store shelves, delivered it, harvested it, and all the natural elements of sun, rain, soil, and wind that allowed it to grow. After breathing, nothing is more essential than eating. In your lifetime, you’ll probably have more than 70,000 meals. And each one is an opportunity to show up for your life. By Elisha and Stefanie Goldstein 1 Eat Slightly Slower With the speed at which we do most things today, eating can easily become just another thing to cross off your to-do list. The next time you eat, try slowing down—you’ll pull more enjoyment out of your food, feel more satisfied, and your digestive system will thank you. 3 Cook with Love Even if you’re just making a sandwich, food tastes a lot better when we put a little love into it. Pay attention to the preparation of your food, think about who’s going to eat it, and say in your mind, “May this food help you be strong, healthy, and happy.” 4 Take a Trip Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “Life is routine and routine is resistance to wonder.” Break from rou- tine, try ethnic foods from different regions of the world and imagine, even if just for a moment, that the food is transporting you there for a mini vacation in your mind. → Illustrations by Susa Talan Let’s Eat! how to live a mindful life 24 mindful December 2015 PHOTOGRAPH©JILLCHEN/STOCKSYUNITED