PeaceMeal Challenge: Mindful Monday

Our online course starts in one week! To celebrate our 7-day countdown, we’d like to invite you to take our PeaceMeal Challenge, focusing on one practice everyday to promote peace through food.

Today’s challenge: Mindful Monday!
Eat one meal today in total silence, free of distractions and completely focused on your food. Promote inner peace as you quietly enjoy your meal.

For a primer on mindful eating, check out this recent article from YES! Magazine:
http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/better-eating-through-mindfulness

Let us know how it goes!

(and if you’re getting this message too late to participate on Monday, you can always start with Tuesday’s breakfast 🙂

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Ahimsa and Food, Part 2: No birth, no death, and the extraordinary broccoli

Tonight, I returned home from the farmer’s market, having just signed up for the local CSA which has been a long-time dream of mine (which, for various circumstances and reasons, I was not able to realize until tonight). Happily chopping some fresh veggies from the market for dinner, I recalled my previous post on ahimsa (nonviolence), PeaceMeal With a Yogic Twist. I was chopping broccoli and pondered the death of the broccoli. Broccoli, thank you for giving your life to me! It will not be in vain, and I will chop you and eat you mindfully and with gratitude…

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PeaceMeal with a Yogic Twist

This weekend I facilitated a PeaceMeal workshop at the yoga studio where I teach, Yoga Oceanside. It was PeaceMeal with a yogic twist!

First we did a meditation just to get centered and become present, and in which I asked the participants to notice how hungry they were, rate it on a scale of 1-10, and to notice where they look for hunger, what kind of sensations they feel, etc. This is an activity we can do anytime with think we’re hungry – because as it turns out, just because we think we’re hungry, doesn’t mean we actually are!

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Ten Mindful Eating Tips

  One of the most important ways we can practice inner peace is through the way we eat. If we are lucky enough to eat several times a day, we have numerous opportunities to use eating as a way to bring us to the present moment, to practice gratitude, and realize our deep connection with all of life.

There are many simple ways that we can begin to practice mindful eating. Continue reading

The Five Contemplations

These are the Five Contemplations by Thich Nhat Hanh, which are said before meals. The practice of reciting these contemplations before eating is a way to foster mindful eating, and helps to promote inner peace through food. Continue reading