Mindfulness – Big Problems Don’t Always Need Big Solutions

By Cindy Bishop on 11/10/2006
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Each of us has our own idiosyncrasies when it comes to food and eating. What we like, how much we eat, when we eat and why we eat. Sometimes we’re very tuned in to what we put in our mouths and into our bodies. We feel good about our choices. We don’t feel deprived, there’s no guilt and we’re satisfied.

Unfortunately, none of us is perfect. Just like life, eating has its up’s and down’s. Healthy eating can and will take the occasional detour. But, for some of us, instead of accepting that there’s no such thing as perfect eating, we tend to go off the rails and have a difficult time getting back on track.

During these times when some of our idiosyncrasies take hold, we become increasingly less mindful of what we’re doing. Typically, this isn’t just an eating thing. It’s part and parcel of a bigger picture of mindlessness. We stop functioning in the present.

When we’re performing at our best, we have purpose and focus. No one needs to tell you that every day you experience an incredible amount of pressure. Expectations are high – from everyone and everywhere. But this pressure we feel more often than not, takes our minds off ourselves and we become more and more disconnected from our body and we listen less and less to what it’s trying to tell us and that’s not a good thing.

Here are a few things your body might be trying to whisper in your ear:

“Hold on, sister! Give me a minute to catch my breath…we might just be full.”

“It’s past our bedtime, girl! I don’t want ice cream – I need my beauty sleep!”

“No, not airplane peanuts!! I’m actually dehydrated. Water! Water!”

“What, no fruits and vegetables? Come on, I’m dragging our butt – help me out here!”

“Tick, tock, tick, tock…its 2 o’clock in the afternoon. Do you think we could have some lunch?!”

Ok, you get the idea. Sometimes solutions to our BIG problems don’t have to have really BIG solutions. It’s the little things. Paying attention. Taking time to check in with your wonderful self

Here’s a new book (with a not so new philosophy – we’ve been saying it for 35 years). you might want to check it out. The author offers a lot of research to back up the obvious, now it’s up to you!

Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink, PhD.

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  • Kathy says:

    Cindy, excellent point: “We stop functioning in the present.” If we stop living/thinking in the present, that means we’re back in the past–and that’s in the swamp where the guilt monster lives. Ewwwwww!

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