Today I’m taking one minute to think about my food.
I’ve deliberately paused to look at my food and consider what I am putting into my body. I’m trying to be conscious of how fast or slow I eat. This is a simple way to practice a little self-care. I want to be fully present with my food, really tasting it and noticing all its different flavours and consistencies.
I’m grateful for the variety of choices I have and for the opportunity to share food with extended family.
Do you ever stop to think about your food choices? How often do you really savor your food and notice the individual flavours? Do you practice self-care? Did you relax and have a good conversation over your breakfast or dinner today or did you eat it in a hurry while multi-tasking? I love your company here on Createspaceweb and I always look forward to your interesting comments!
Today I’m taking a minute to savor the feeling of warm summer air on my skin. Have you ever paid attention to what warm air feels like on your skin?
We are having temperatures that are way higher than average for this time of year. We’ve had some days reach 30 degrees. This is our hottest summer in 100 years. I don’t think I can ever remember wearing summer clothes for so long. This is so out of the ordinary for Ireland. Our summer’s are usually a few days of sunshine mixed with cooler rainy days. A blue sky without rain-clouds is a rare sight! I can’t remember ever feeling our house so warm indoors, from early morning to last thing at night. Our windows and doors are flung open trying to generate a draught. Cooking over a hot cooker is a big no-no! I’ve never eaten so many light, healthy salads. We are eating breakfast and supper outdoors and it’s even too warm to eat dinner outside, we have to eat inside.
The warm air feels so healthy on my bare arms, my freckles are multiplying and I can’t stop looking up at the bright, cloudless blue sky thinking “Shur i have Spain at home!” I feel carefree!
Recently while on holiday, I practiced my ‘Just One Minute Monday’ as we walked to the shops for our groceries. My son and his girlfriend were walking in front of me, the shops were a ten minute walk each way. The average temperature from 10am to 8pm was 30 degrees. It wasn’t an easy walk in that heat. I’m not into counting steps and I don’t own a step counter but lots of people exercise now by counting their steps and increasing the number of steps they take daily.
I thought about the amount we walk everyday and particularly the pace we have become accustomed to.
I wondered how often do we actually slow down our steps? Have you ever even noticed how fast you walk? Do you constantly rush from one task to the next? Because I was on holiday I paused and focused on my steps. I slowed down my steps. I noticed the inclines and the declines.
I listened to the sound our steps made. I felt my heart rate slow its pace. I felt grateful for those moments, those steps I was able to enjoy in the company of two young adults.
When have you last paid attention to how fast you walk? Have you ever deliberately focused on your steps? Maybe today is the day to focus one minute on your footsteps.
Rapid is an adjective meaning happening in a short time or at a great rate. Rapid can also be a noun meaning a fast-flowing, turbulent part of a river.
Modern living revolves around rapid…people’s lives have become entwined in rapid; everything must happen in a short time or at a great rate. We talk fast, think fast, move fast. We expect instant results, from our new diet, new hobby and even from our children. We buy commodities and use them up fast. We connect on social media to get ‘likes’ and ‘followers.’ But as quickly as people build a profile they are rapidly overtaken by the next sensation. Everything and everybody is disposable. All is well until rapid turns to turbulent, then life is no longer stable or calm but characterised by conflict, disorder and confusion. Getting life back on track may not be such a rapid process!
But we are amazing human beings. We are, real people, hidden underneath all the hurry and rush. We can turn every negative into a positive…let’s start a tidal wave, a rapid revival of real with a friendly wave across a street, time for a chat with a neighbour, a phone call to a friend, a family meal around your table…even if it’s fast food, eaten slowly!
Our daughter is called Emma and I have learned a lot from being a parent to her and her brother. Likewise the recent Storm ‘Emma’ which saw us trapped; although thankfully forewarned by MET Eireann, in our home for three days has also taught me a lot. It thought me how time is relative. It taught me that if I slow down, time slows down. It taught me how to Savor time…let me try to explain.
How often do you stop when you are cooking and savor the dish you are preparing? If you are anything like me, you probably stop at each stage of the cooking process. You wonder if the dish is good enough. You take time to sample it and you consider the taste. You ask yourself is it tasty enough? You wonder can you enhance its flavour a little more?
Similarly I believe, if we pause at any given moment in our day and apply the same strategy we can sample and really taste the beauty of that moment! Better still we have the power within us, to enhance the beauty of our moment, our lunch time, our day.
Create space in your life and make this moment ‘your’ moment. Pause and sample this moment in time. Let everything else wait…. just breathe… just be… listen to everything and everyone around you. Be still… be aware of yourself; breathing, sensing, existing, thriving in this very moment. Notice time slowing down; pausing with you.
Stay with the moment and watch yourself living in ‘your’ moment, as if you were a kindly friend looking on, observing. Acknowledge with gratefulness your presence in ‘your’ moment. Appreciate your place in the beauty of ‘your’ moment…savor its stillness. Promise to visit and sample ‘your’ moment again soon… it will get easier… now with renewed spirit and a sense of childlike wonder return to the job in hand!
What will you sample today? What moment will you call ‘your’ moment?