Chill out. Relax. Enjoy the simple things, like cooking, and eating, and tasting.
Effects: Calming, settling, balancing.
Allowing yourself to be slow means that you govern the rhythms of your life. Today, you might want to go fast. Tomorrow you might want to go slow. You decide. This makes the difference. We all crave a sense of slowness. Ease up on your speed and consciously create islands of slowness. Ultimately slow means to take the time to reflect, to think, or simply to be. Emotional Yoga is about learning how to give time to each and every part of yourself. This is impossible with speed. With calm, you arrive everywhere.
— Try practicing slow food. Take the time to taste. Eat more slowly. Instead of frozen vegetables, instant coffee, microwave pizza, or Chinese takeout, make the time to prepare your food in the kitchen. As you cook, taste the food. Drink a cool glass of water with lemon. Chill out. Relax. Enjoy the simple things, like cooking, and eating, and tasting.
— Try eating in silence. Don't watch television. Don't read. Chew for a change. How about practicing slow food for just one meal a day? Make it a celebration for your senses and your soul. Slow down. Sip slowly. Taste deliberately. Pay special attention to the smallest details, and experiene the six tastes — sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, astringent — and their myriad combinations. Is the food spicy and hot? How does that make you feel? Is it dry or cool? What does the food feel like in your mouth? What is its texture? Is it light, oily, viscious, heavy?
— What kind of taste impressions do you take in every day? Every taste has an effect. You might try fasting for a day. Then, when you take your first sip or bite, let the taste linger in your mouth. Experiment with different flavors. Have some lavender or lemon-grass tea, a double cappuccino. And in the middle of your meal, stop. Put down your knife and fork, and breathe. Let some moments pass in silence. Then, pick up your fork again, slowly...
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(Photo: picnic, Paris, 2014)