One of the simplest joys in life is eating, yet we often miss this opportunity because our minds are somewhere else. Pay attention to the unique textures, delicious aromas, and savory flavors. To really experience the joy of eating we need to Eat slowly, turn off the TV, and tune into one of life's great pleasures!
First, if you are preparing your own food, take this time to appreciate the journey that the food has taken to arrive in your kitchen. Focus on how lovely the food will be on your plate, and begin to imagine the wonderful taste of each dish.
When you're ready to eat, eliminate distractions like the TV. Create an environment that is soothing and pleasant. If you are dining with someone else, don't lose yourself in the conversation. Pause while talking to savor the eating experience with each bite. You can fully enjoy your meal and your delightful company at the same time.
I enjoyed delicious sushi last night with a good friend. Every bite exploded in my mouth with such perfection. We both use this time to eat with awareness and laugh about how we moan, "Mmm, this is so good!" Besides the joy of the experience, when we savor our food, we eat slower and we eat less.
Experiencing eating is one simple step to enjoying life! :)