I have been having pain in my left teeth and jaw, so eating has been a challenge. I was at a meeting and I noticed one of my old time favorite cookies: Vienna Finger. I wanted one but since they are a crunchy cookie, I hesitated to indulge myself but soon gave in to the temptation.
I took one and began eating by taking the sandwich apart and spreading the cream around. I proceeded to nibble away very slowly savoring every bite. I hardly chewed and just let it melt in my mouth.
I talk about this experience because I realized in my slow, mindful eating of the cookie I enjoyed each and every bite. I was present in each moment, to be sure that I did not crunch at all. I normally would have eaten at least two cookies in the time I took to eat just one.
The experience was totally satisfying because I really allowed myself to taste it and be with the sensation and flavor.
It makes me think about my relationship with food and how much more I enjoy it when I am present in the moment sensing and tasting bite by bite.
Try this next time you eat something special and let me know in the comments below what your experience was.