Eating is what we do when we are hungry or when it is the designated mealtime of the day. But, for many, eating is much more than activity that satiates hunger; it is a sensuous, blissful experience, a boredom reliever, a stress buster. The most vocal, contemporary votary of mindful eating is Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, for whom mindful eating is the entire process of buying, preparing, eating and relishing your food. And what you shop for should reflect the wise choices you make.
Never sit down to a meal when you are ravenously hungry, he advises, as you might wolf down whatever is available. Opt for small portions and bites and chew slowly so you taste and enjoy what you are eating. Feeling grateful helps you appreciate your food, and you will not stuff your tummy mindlessly.
Additionally, the Japanese promote what they call ‘shinrinyoku’, ‘forest bathing’ to get out into the open and feast one’s senses on trees and other aspects of nature rather than chomp away on extra food. This is possible only where lockdown rules allow for a daily walk in the park but for others, it would translate to getting out on your terrace or balcony and taking deep breaths and listening to birdsong and soaking in the sunrise and sunset phenomena as often as is possible. And once the lockdown lifts, the best way to beat Kuchisabishii is to walk more outdoors, eat less and allow your senses to expand their horizons beyond using the mouth as a grinder.
I have always been against Glorifying Over Work and therefore, in the year 2021, I have decided to launch this campaign “Balancing Life”and talk about this wrong practice, that we have been following since last few years. I will be talking to and interviewing around 1 lakh people in the coming 2021 and publish their interview regarding their opinion on glamourising Over Work.
If you are interested in participating in the same, do let me know.
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