Olives are bitter!
(Everyone knows that, stupid octopus head).
Yeah, but today, over lunch, I actually tasted the bitterness. Honestly, I’ve never tasted that before!
Beginner’s mind, always experiencing things as if they’ve never been experienced before.
Mindfulness, knowing what’s here with me, as it’s unfolding.
After Saturday’s workshop with Lucy (amazing teacher, btw. I would really recommend going to any of her workshops) she asked each to commit to one change. I committed to eating my lunch mindfully. And to remember to do the Self-Compassionate Break.
It’s been four days, and I’ve had four mindful lunches (as mindful as I can manage at this point in my journey) and today’s salad had olives and feta cheese, and honestly I didn’t really think there was a difference between those two, meaning olives had always tasted salty to me before.
And today I tasted the bitter.
Who knows what I’ll taste tomorrow?
I have to admit, exploring taste is one challenging and absolutely amazing part of being mindful. I’ve always only responded to very strong tastes - sweet, salt, sour, in the extreme. Discovering nuances in my food - cake is not just cake, there’s a difference between chocolate and vanilla - opening up a whole new world.
How’s your lunch?
Tonight will be our last meditation group for the first term. Next week we will not have a Wednesday session, but have an exiting Saturday programme in Eldoraigne. (please see picture above and remember to RSVP your spot).
Wednesday sessions will continue on 9 April. View the calender here
A Day Of Mindfulness facilitated by Lucy Draper-Clarke
PDF invite attached.
Please don’t let cost be the reason you don’t attend, we’re open for negotiations. The price includes a light vegetarian lunch.