I’ve been reading a lot about mindfulness lately, and realizing just how often we eat, drink, communicate, spend money, or live without awareness, in a mindless manner.   To challenge each of us to live in the present moment, I will post a Mindful Monday Tip each week.

Tip 1: Palm to Tongue


I discovered this tip when I worked as a mental health intern:

  • Place a bite-sized  piece of food or candy in the palm of your hand. I used dark chocolate.
  • Observe the food and become aware of what you see.
  • Touch the food and notice what you feel.
  • Bring your hand up to your nose, close your eyes, and observe what you smell.
  • Close your eyes and place the food on your tongue.
  • Become mindful of the texture and taste of the food on your tongue.
  • What bursts of flavor or sensations do you experience as the food sits on your tongue?
  • Now slowly chew and swallow and focus on what you experience.

What did you learn from this mindful experience? I learned that savoring a small bite of dark chocolate is more satisfying than mindlessly consuming a whole bar in mere seconds.