Spiritual Practices: Mindful Eating

Author: Adrian Williams
May 19, 2020

We all have a relationship with food. Sometimes that relationship can be unhealthy. When stress, anxiety, discomfort, or fear come our way, many of us turn to the comfort of food. Sometimes eating can relieve boredom or loneliness. 

Yet, food can be used joyfully to connect with family and friends around a dinner table, and it can also be a tool to spend time with God. Jesus showed us the importance of slowing down and eating with friends. 

Let’s take an intentional moment to spend time with God and pray through eating. Take a small snack, maybe a piece of fruit, like a strawberry or banana. 

First take a moment to just breathe. Take three deep breaths in and out. Try to approach this with a sense of curiosity. Before taking a bite, just observe. Use all your senses. What does it look like? What does it smell like? 

Think about how this snack was grown or created. Think how the sun and rain nourished this food. How many people helped in the process of bringing this food to you? Thank God for the food in front of you and for all the hands working to keep food in the grocery stores. 

Gently take a bite and think about the texture and taste in your mouth. As you slowly chew, think about the emotional and physical sensations you feel while you eat. How do you feel? How does the flavor change as you chew? Swallow slowly. Normally, we swallow automatically. How does it feel to swallow intentionally? 

Continue to mindfully eat your snack. Take this time to slow down and sit with God. 


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