Week 25 | Everyone is Talking About It, What is Mindfulness?
Whether you think all this wellness stuff is too fluffy or that the science behind it is too complicated to comprehend so why care, you have got to admit we all need a major dose of less doing, more being.
We revere speed and multitasking, to the point where you can get home from a long day and not even know who you saw, what you did, what you felt, what you tasted, what you smelled - it is as if we are floating through life, not taking in moments.
It’s mid-June! Were we all not just toasting to the new year?? There is an increased air of numbness when it comes to our interactions and relationships in life and online. We are all talking to each other, but no one is listening.
Mindfulness helps counter this - it is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment—and accepting it without judgment. Oprah puts it best, "for me it’s a conscious working model to stay fully present here and now and I practice it; If I am at the sink I am putting a cup in the sink, I am walking down the stairs, I am walking up the stairs, I am in that moment conscious that my hand is on the railing, one foot is in front of the other, wow my legs are moving. I am fully just there".
I went to a retreat this past weekend hosted by @shaundeezy_diesel and @sensualalchemistress and the chefs @present_plate prepared our meals and taught us the practice of mindfulness through food. Before we sat to eat, they would tell us about the ingredients and where our food came from, they told us to observe our hunger and how it made us feel emotionally - were we anxious to get to eating already? Did we realize that many people were going to bed hungry tonight? They served us conscious meats, but before we dove in for a bite we gave thanks to their lives and sacrifice to feed us. They told us about the herbs picked that afternoon from the field outside our window, that the cocoa was brought in from Guatemala and so on. What I speak about this week is not measurable so it will be hard to give you data to support my evidence and argument, but bear with me. I have an audio guide - Link is in bio x