Food? Feel More Satisfied Faster!

A lot of chocolate ain't all that great... seriously

Want satisfaction? The trick, I have learnt, is ‘mindfulness’.

 How often have you scoffed your chocolate right down?

In the blink of an eye it’s all gone… all that remains is the sound of you smacking your lips.

Satisfying? Perhaps.

I know that I can do this, especially if I’m watching TV or talking with someone else at the time.

I met a fascinating woman recently, Pam Northcote, who taught me a trick in ‘mindfulness’… and here it is!

Get a square of chocolate from a brand that you really, really love… (if chocolate really isn’t your thing then use something else instead… so long as it’s yummy). Look at your chocolate (or stick of celery, if it’s celery that floats your boat) with love in your eyes. Tell yourself that this is the last remaining piece of chocolate left in the world… and you have it.

You’re going to want to savour this experience; never again will the taste of chocolate cross your lips. You might want to smell it first. Inhale deeply. Allow the rich cocoa aromas to waft through your body. You may want to gently lick the surface of the chocolate, as if devouring it sliver by sliver. Perhaps you nibble one corner…

As you sloooowly ingest your single square of chocolate, allow its texture and flavour to alert all your senses. Every millimetre of your mouth should be savouring the delight that makes this square of chocolate the triumph that it is.

Having experienced this ‘chocolate meditation’ myself I was amazed how much more I enjoyed the chocolate (and even more surprised perhaps that you could enjoy ‘Green and Black’s’ any more than I did already). I also felt extremely satisfied.

Try it. I dare you. It’s absolutely heavenly….



Life in the fast lane – a remedy!


They say you learn something new every day…

David Giles

David Giles

Today I had a fascinating meeting with a chap called David Giles, the principal teacher of vedic meditation, at his beautiful  centre in Double Bay, Sydney.

David is extremely passionate about vedic meditation and it’s little wonder: its benefits include stress and anxiety reduction; improved personal productivity; and solving sleep deprivation issues… to name but a few. 

A bit of a no-brainer really…

One thing that really grabbed me was our discussion about ‘effort’.

In modern life it’s all too easy for people to get so bogged down that they struggle to see passed their noses. To create change in our lives takes effort and that is precisely the barrier that prevents many people from going for it and enjoying better results.

Meditation, like coaching, takes some effort on the part of the client. Well, 40 minutes of reflection a day to be precise.

But in reality that 40 minutes a day gets you much the same benefit as coaching: you are forging a new way of life for yourself a new way of being….

That has to be worth that effort!

When I got home I dabbled a little on t’internet to find out more and came across a quote, from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, that sat very well with me:

“Attend to your own inner health and happiness. Happiness radiates like the fragrance of a flower and draws all good things towards you.”

Putting your mental and spiritual health first is by no means a new philosophy, but it is one we should attend to more consciously.

Hmmm, I actually learnt a few things today…