What is there to think about? Pick it up, chew, then swallow and repeat...
There are plenty of things to think about while eating besides the health value of the food you are consuming.
Have you ever examined your food as if experiencing it for the first time?
Did you ever think about how it feels in your hands? What color is it? Is it firm, soft or squishy? What does it smell like? Does it smell different after you bite it? What does it feel like on your tongue? What part of your mouth are you chewing it with? What does it taste like?
Why the heck do I want to ask all of these questions? I have more important things to focus on!
Most of the day is spent thinking about, worrying about or trying to anticipate what's going to happen next or what happened in the past. If you are sitting down to enjoy a meal then that means in the present moment...you aren't going to physically solve the complex problems of today or tomorrow. You are sitting down to fuel your body and mind so that it can perform at its best.
So why not really experience it?!
You can meditate while walking?!
Yes.....you can! Meditation can sometimes have misconceptions about the hows and the whys, but the important thing to remember about meditation is that our primary aim is to connect ourselves with the present....the right now....the right this second. Connecting to each of our senses individually as opposed to the ever so common, " I want to experience everything all at once, all the time!".
How do you meditate while walking?
There is no one correct way to meditate, but you can start by finding a safe and comfortable place for you to walk around by yourself. Avoid walking on highways and heavy traffic. If you are able to walk barefoot, please do and really feel the earth underneath your feet.
As you walk, try not to distract yourself with the many sights that we see everyday. Instead, keep your gaze about 10 feet in front of you so you don't trip on anything, but other than that don't cloud your thoughts with what you see. Try to squint your eyes a bit to limit distractions.
Just enjoy the peacefulness knowing that you aren't doing anything else except walking for once. Feel your feet making contact with the ground and feel your breath coming in and going out.
That sounds great and all, but I can't stop my mind from racing!
That's okay! The goal is not to shut our brains off and start chanting strange sounds. The goal is to slow our minds down and bring us closer to who we are right now, not who we were or who we want to become. The more you practice the longer you can keep those extra thoughts out.
So, I just go outside, walk around by myself and feel what my body is experiencing?
You got it! If it sounds crazy...so be it. Find 10 minutes today to take a quick walk with yourself and at least you can feel good knowing you took a 10 minute break from all of the craziness.
Enjoy the simple things in life!