Mindful Eating Through Chopsticks

| 2/10/2008 2:07:08 PM

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ChopsticksPeople have been eating mindfully since religions started dietary restrictions. Katherine Pioli, writing for Catalyst, figured out that eating with chopsticks helped her achieve a higher level of mindful eating. For almost a year Pioli ate every meal using chopsticks, an exercise that forced her to slow down and think about every bite. “Sometimes I would focus my thoughts on where the food on my plate had come from, the soil and the rain that had fed it,” Pioli writes. “At other times, I kept my awareness on my chewing, my breath and the movement of my hands transferring the food from plate to mouth.”

Bennett Gordon

Photo by MR+G, licensed under Creative Commons.


kathy clarin
2/14/2008 6:57:47 AM

...i didn't think she was suggesting that eating chopsticks is the one responsible for eating slow (just see how fast japanese eats noodles). for her, her chopsticks use facilitated that slowing down. because the point is mindful eating. so if using the knife and fork tandem does the trick for others towards more mindful eating, then go right ahead.

2/12/2008 7:55:35 PM

It's interesting seeing all the judgments people are making. People are even judging the judging. How about everyone taking a nice deep breath, notice how you feel, while allowing someone to have a mindful experience anyway they can.

2/12/2008 5:31:28 PM

What a hilariously condescending group of snobs, knocking one's use of chopsticks in this way. I'm unpleasantly surprised to find such negativity amongst Utne readers.

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