After a bit of thought, I’ve decided to do something a little more lighthearted and whimsical. It’s a combination of visualization and mindfulness. I’ve seen this opening meditation many times, in many different places, so I’m not sure of the source, but I’ll list at least two sources here for the main practice.
It’s the orange meditation (that’s how I tend to think of it). I will write down the actual mediation here, including the other fruit / mindfulness exercises I do this week.
The Meditation / Mindfulness Exercise
Pick up an orange. Really examine it. Feel its weight, its texture; run your fingers along the rind. Smell its fragrance. Hold it up and look very closely at it. See the dimples, peaks and valleys, its shape, its colours and how it reflects the light. See the yellow undertones, the deeper oranges, the white rim of contrast at the edge. Really SEE it. Now, peel it. Note the smell, the texture, the juice; how the juice feels, smells, seems. Now take a bite. Note the stickiness, the wetness, the taste, the fragrance. Experiment. Does holding your nose change the flavour? Does the area near the rind taste different from the inner pulp? Smell different? Look different? Really savour and think about every bite. When you’re done, wash your hands and face with mindfulness. Do you still see the orange in the same way as you did before?
Do this for other kinds of fruit and food during the week.
I still need to cite them properly.
Core Energy Class, Grey School of Wizardry
Weight Watchers’ mindful eating and chewing paraphenalia