Instead of giving up candy or especially loved foods or drinks, mindful eating can be a positive Lenten practice, grounding us in the presence of God.
As Christians, we believe that we meet God, the source of Love, in the Now.
Mindfulness involves paying attention to the present moment without judgment and with self-compassion. A practice of mindful eating can increase our sense of the divine indwelling throughout our day. It can also help us access the inner wisdom of our bodies that we frequently do not hear or heed.
These sessions are designed for you to experience mindful eating. We will meet in person at St. Barnabas at lunchtime for a small meal or snack, starting with an embodied mindfulness meditation that includes prayer. Then we will savor a snack or meal individually chosen and briefly discuss what we noticed during this tasting. Guidelines for mindful eating will be shared.
Another goal of this program is to start healing our often-troubled relationship with food and our bodies, however these sessions are not designed for those with a diagnosed eating disorder or for those currently committed to a weight loss regimen.
The facilitator, Rosemarie Oliver, is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist who has worked in the field of nutritional practice since 1978. She became interested in Mindful Eating in 2010, became an MB-EAT (Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training) qualified instructor in October 2020, and obtained a Certificate in Mindful Eating offered by The Center for Mindful Eating in January 2022. Rosemarie is also an oblate at St. Placid Priory, a Benedictine monastery in Lacey, Washington, and a new parishioner at St. Barnabas. She can be reached at 206-557-8184 (text/voice) or by e-mail, click here.
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