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Even if you don’t have an eating disorder, chances are you’ve had more than a few meals on go. Perhaps you are a practiced drive-and-diner, grabbing your order from drive-thru window and perfecting your food balancing technique. More likely, you’ve eaten an entire lunch while simultaneously answering phones and typing out email messages—and not really tasting a single bite.
Don’t curse your go-go lifestyle. Instead, choose to savor a slow-slow moment—even if it’s just a two-minute yogurt break.
Your divine desk dining experience starts with a couple of deep breaths and a commitment to focusing for two—count ‘em, TWO—minutes. Feel your belly, and pay attention to any hunger pangs. Check in to see if you are eating now because it’s lunch time, because you are ravenous, or because you know you won’t get a chance to eat for several more hours. Take note.
Then, take a bite. Put down your fork, spoon or sandwich, and simply chew your food slowly, relishing flavors and textures, just like Mom taught you. Do this for one minute, and then pause. Feeling better now? Sometimes simple act of chewing mindfully for just a moment can help us slow down enough to recognize that we’re not that hungry.
Savor another minute of mindful mastication without getting wrapped up in thoughts of work or anything else. Come back to “just this bite” until your two minutes are up. After that, feel free to eat at your normal pace, and even if you get caught up in type-and-swallow routine, simply note it.
We spend a lot of time and energy bemoaning our busy lives. Instead, spend two minutes tasting mindfulness right there at your desk.
It’s simply divine.
Maya Talisman Frost is a mind masseuse in Portland, Oregon. Through her company, Real-World Mindfulness Training, she offers creative eyes-wide-open alternatives to meditation. To read her free special report, "The Dirty Little Secret About Meditation" visit http://www.Real-WorldMindfulness.com.