Friday, August 20, 2010

The Power of Conscious Eating

So here's some good news on the home front... 

At three health centers in Massachusetts, doctors are handing out vouchers to their patients to subsidize their shopping at local farmers markets.  You can read the full article here.  Their purpose is to help combat obesity by offering affordable natural choices to readily available, high fat, cheap fast food.

How great is that? I'm a fan.

Once a month, my husband and I set up what I fondly call our "big red tent" to participate in our own local Farmers Market., and our time is coming 'round again tomorrow. 

I've come to love these Saturdays!  Everyone is open and feels good to be close to farmers and growers, and to observe people who have a relationship with the food they see smiling faces, eye the abundance of the changing harvest and listen to the musicians that come to entertain the rest of us.  And the bread...yummmm...did I mention the bread??

Our purpose at the Market is to offer products and education on enjoying a healthy lifestyle, and to promote our Conscious Eating Program. which embraces the whys and wherefores of our relationship with nourishment and our power of choice.  We are a perfect fit for those choosing to support local farmers and organic growers.   

This is an abridged version of one of the short meditations from the program - one that you all can enjoy.  Just take a moment before you "dig in" and get centered on your own intentions for health. Think of it as grace before meals... 

You need not have a lot of time; 

merely the sensation that you have all the time you need.  

By slowing your breath, you slow down time.  This is a moment to savor and enjoy.

Slow your inhale, and enjoy this pause in your day.  Exhale, and let go of all the thoughts and stresses you brought to this moment…

enjoy the awareness that this meal is an oasis in the midst of your day.

As you slow your breath, you gentle your heart.

Accept this meal as a gift of nourishment, and be aware of the foods you choose.  See yourself savoring each and every bite…

May this day hold all the time and energy you need to be all that you can be.


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