Wednesday, 8 February 2012

food glorious food

Very good article on mindful eating.
Should start something going on experience of texture when eating mindfully - scrambled egg is very hard put into words

Sunday, 5 February 2012

The train of thought

Imagine standing on the platform of a railway station and a train pulls in. There is nothing to say where it is going, how long the journey will take, whether or not the destination will be pleasant, nothing at all, just a random train - would you get on?
The above is a useful analogy for me when I am asked to explain mindfulness. We are unlikely to get on to the train but we are more than willing to latch on to thoughts, with no consideration to the journey they may take us on. We often feel pulled in, unable to control their intensity. Our mood can switch in an instant because of a fleeting thought, or remain stuck, we just have to ride out the storm.
Mindfulness gives us a pause, a moment of clarity that holds a picture of what we are actually doing, we can see it for what it is, the effect it is having on us. It also gives us a strength to see that there are options, choices, responses available when we need to call on them.
Mindfulness is never 'just done'. It is a learning, a progression. It is experiential so you just have to get out there and try it.