Our January wellness series continues. This week Dilya Mavlanova-August, the founder of Mindful Globe, will be highlighting mindfulness & mindful consumption.
Mindfulness & Mindful Consumption
by Dilya Mavlanova-August, the founder of Mindful Globe
Dilya shares with us what mindfulness is and how it can help us in the days of uncertainty and change. She is also offering some tips on mindful consumption.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is simply ‘being’ at this very moment, rather than dwelling on the past, or dreaming about the future. In teaching the mind to be present, we are teaching ourselves to live more mindfully. We learn to observe our thoughts and feelings, without judgement, and without reacting to them. Dilya advises the practice of Mindfulness as - "first, the conscious action of uncovering the layers that block our perception and our vision of seeing things as they are, second, realising the truths of our own being, and, third, finding the ability to exercise our truest will".
Tips on Mindful Consumption
To cultivate mindfulness in our daily life, we can start by purchasing our food with more attention and observation.
Tip 1. Ask yourself what does my body need to maintain a healthy immune system?
With some self-inquiry and observation around what our body reacts to positively, we will usually come up with a list of food items that we require. It may be that we need more seasonal fruit and veg, it may be that we need to increase the intake of root vegetables or nuts. Alternatively, it may be that we need to cut down on fatty and high cholesterol food. Whatever the answer is, check-in with your body regularly and observe when you feel the most energised, and when you feel depleted. Do some foods make you tired and sleepy, whilst others bring grounding and support?
Doing your research, you may also come across the importance of buying organic. Some of the fertilisers or genetically modified produce may not only harm us individually in the long-term, but bring harm to the earth, and communities living around those areas where non-organic food is grown. So when you shop organic you are consciously supporting the health and prosperity, and not just for yourself but for the wider community.
Once you incorporate attention, observation and research your meal times will be part of your investment into your immune system.
Tip 2. How much food do I really need?
When you start observing your consumption habits, notice how much waste you or your household produce. Do you really eat what you buy? How many items a month do you throw away as they have passed their sell by dates? Food waste contributes to environmental challenges, overproduction, and overspend.
Tip 3. How can I bring value to myself as well as to my 'ecosystem'?
By buying local and seasonal produce, you will not only nourish yourself with a range of vegetables, but you will also contribute to a reduced carbon footprint, support organic farmers, and empower the local community. Individually, we are part of a wider eco-system and each action and choice that we make leaves its footprint either on an individual, or the whole planet.
When doing your weekly shop, pay attention to the use of plastic, especially non-recyclable, and choose alternatives using recyclable packaging. Pay attention to the country of the produce, and whether the food is sustainably grown and organic. Using mindfulness may positively contribute to our shopping habits and the world overall.
Next week Dilya will be back with some tips for mindful eating.
Dilya's 8-week Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Course (MBSR) starts on 25 January 2021. The course is run online every Monday. You can find more details at www.mindfulglobe.org