trick of the mind

trick of the mind

Mindful Eating is Yoga

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The Sanskrit root of the word “yoga” means “to yoke.” Therefore, yoga is literally union. In truth, all of your existence is yoga. You are made of this world. You depend on this world. If this world ends— locally or globally—you end too. There is no absolute self-sufficiency, and therefore no stand-alone self. All separation is relative, a trick of the mind. Untrick yourself at your next meal. Recognize that you are not apart from this world but a part of this world. Eating, just like breathing, reminds you of this union. As such, eating is yoga; eating unifies. And your dinner table is a yoga mat for your mind. Stay in the asana you are in. When you eat, eat. [ An excerpt from a 2011 workshop by Pavel Somov, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, author of "Eating the Moment," "Mindful Emotional Eating," and "Reinventing the Meal." Pavel Somov is a psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. For more details go to www.eatingthemoment.com | www.pavelsomov.com | www.drsomov.com ]