Thursday, January 5, 2012

Invite Yourself as Guest to Dinner

A few years ago, I participated in an exercise as part of a mindfulness class.  The task involved preparing a delicious meal (or picking up your favorite meal from a restaurant or grocery store), and setting up a space as if you were expecting an honored guest. The honored guest is you!

I practiced this today. Although I didn't go all out with place mats and candles (as I had the first time),  as lunch time approached and my hunger increased, I wondered what I would eat on this work-from-home day.

A quick glance of my fridge, and it was obvious that I'd be selecting a frozen entree. Which was fine. I was excited to try Amy's Palaak Paneer - one of my favorite North Indian dishes whenever I go to the Indian buffet.

Image from Amy's

So, I heated this up as I put into the oven two pieces of garlic naan from Trader Joe's.

Garlic Naan from Trader Joe's

Once prepared, instead of eating the frozen meal from its container, I placed it nicely on a plate, making it feel more homey.

My meal, on a favorite plate at home

I enjoyed it with an all-natural cola soda from Zevia. I love it because it is delicious, refreshing, calorie free, and has nothing weird in it. It is sweetened with a plant extract called stevia, which has been around for thousands of years.

Image courtesy of Zevia
I felt grateful for every bite and sip. The entire meal was delicious. 

I very often tweet about food - sharing my favorite finds along the way. In sharing with you today, I realized how important it is to take the time to care for ourselves - to nourish our bodies, minds, and spirits.

I realize how very fortunate we are to eat well and have access to foods and drinks that keep us healthy as well as bring us pleasure.

We are blessed.

What is your favorite meal/beverage/snack, and how can you prepare it with LOVE for yourself today?


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