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You can easily and enjoyably boost your word awareness by 1) selecting a particular cue word as a trigger for mindfulness, or 2) focusing on phrases used in specific settings. Better yet, try both!
By using a particular word as a mindfulness trigger, you can watch how others create poetic representations of same element.
Ready for your secret food awareness word? Here it is: morsel.
Listening for a specific word will develop your ability to make distinctions in way it is used and allow you to watch for subtle variations. Does "morsel" refer to something creamy or chewy? Is it savory or sweet?
To play with poetry and mindfulness at same time, notice phrases used to describe food. Listen to them with an ear for rhythm, and picture them as lines of a poem.
Read menu descriptions, food articles or cookbooks and be aware of adjectives most likely to get your mouth watering. Sensual words like "succulent" and "luscious" elicit physiological responses. Pay attention to those, and listen for phrases you hear that create especially vivid sense experiences.
Linking word pictures with taste helps us anchor our linguistic intelligence with our bodily intelligence, and this makes our mouths very happy indeed!
Delectable words, Delicious poetry. Mmmm-- True taste sensation.
Maya Talisman Frost is a mind masseuse in Portland, Oregon. Through her company, Real-World Mindfulness Training, she teaches fun and effective eyes-wide-open alternatives to meditation. To subscribe to her free weekly ezine, the Friday Mind Massage, please visit http://www.MassageYourMind.com