Making The Most Of Things With Mindfulness

Have you ever gone fishing, caught a beautiful fish, cleaned that fish and then wrapped that fish in packaging to keep it until you cooked it in just the way you like it? Have you ever bought fish sticks out of the freezer at your local supermarket? VERY different experiences. Granted, with the way we have all agreed that daily reality should go, most of us don’t have the time to fish on a regular basis but anytime you can connect/be involved with any of your food from it’s beginning to end is incredibly healthful. Just think about all the potential encoding that goes along with each step of our fish experience. To catch that fish maybe you were on a boat or shoreline in a beautiful location with friends or loved ones. At some point you would’ve had to learn how to clean and package fish; learning something new is wonderful for the brain. And then the cooking part- how satisfying is it to cook something delicious (dare we say nutritious?)  for yourself or others?

Just recently I had the opportunity to help friends with their coffee crop. We picked the beans, separated the beans from their skin (sorry- the correct terminology has escaped me so far!) and then helped package the roasted beans. The picture on the label is original artwork by the coffee grower. All this happened amongst friends on beautiful days in a spectacular location. Is it fair to say that this is the best coffee on planet Earth? Why yes, I would have to say it is.

What full-process food stories do have to share? Tell us about them in the comments section. Thanks!

2 Responses to “Making The Most Of Things With Mindfulness”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    How wonderful! I had the opportunity to help harvest olives in Greece to make the family’s annual store of olive oil. From the hard physical work of gathering the olives to hauling them to the processing plant to watching them go through all the steps and finally come pouring out as pure, fresh, bright green olive oil, the whole process was an amazing experience. One which I hope to be able to be a part of again someday. And yes, that olive oil was the absolute best I’ve ever had.

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