A Mindful Tummy

9 Feb

Is a HAPPY tummy.

That’s what NYTimes reported recently and is something I know to be true.

Except when I’m with a cupcake…  Sigh? 😛

There is a new trend in eating called:  CHECKING IN.  Apparently, people are starting to ask:  ‘Is this what I am hungry for?‘ and ‘Is this what my body needs?‘ and ‘Why am I eating this?– Is it because of my feelings?

And, the best part, it’s working to make food food (which it is) and people feel.  Better.

Or, like themselves.

Minus the extra bacon guilt.

The thing about mindfulness is you start to notice.  And, you notice that your mind is FULL.  But, then, maybe, just maybe, your belly doesn’t have to be.  You can start instead to empty yourself.  And, fuel properly.

Just because you feel (heart) achy doesn’t mean your tummy has to.

To quote:

“Thich Nhat Hanh often talks about our craving being like a crying baby who is trying to draw our attention …

When the baby cries, the mother cradles the baby to try to calm the baby right away. By acknowledging and embracing our cravings through a few breaths, we can stop our autopilot of reaching out to the pint of ice cream or the bag of chips.” (Source)

Notice the baby.  Notice what’s happening.  Notice yourself.  And, GIVE SOME LOVE.  Don’t just cram yourself in front of the TV with some snacks.

Or, do.

Again.

How’s that working out?! 

Right…

Mindfulness.  Then the mind can shift.  To a more spacious space.  And, your tummy can feel just right.

Maybe… 😉

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