I can vividly remember the first day I heard my internal critic for the first time. I’d learned about the concept in a workshop and later that week, as I stood in front of my bathroom mirror, I heard a voice say, “You’re fat and ugly,” in a nasty, denigrating tone. I was a little shocked that I could be this mean to myself without being more aware.
A paradigm is a way of thinking, a belief system that you filter everything you think, hear, see, and read through. The filter screens out any information that doesn’t fit the paradigm, so we continually reinforce what we already believe to be true or possible (whether it is or not) and discard new ideas (even when they might be life-changing).
This profound question gets to the heart of what it means to eat intuitively using mindfulness. Intuitive eating is the practice of using innate hunger and fullness (satiety) cues to guide eating rather than eating or restricting food because of situational or emotional reasons.
This video from Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. demonstrates a short mindfulness practice from of his book, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, co-authored with Bob Stahl, Ph.D. (New Harbinger, 2010).
There is no secret to bringing non-judgmental, mindful attention and awareness to your daily life. Like many skills we want to develop in life, a mindfulness practice is simple, but not always easy to implement. By that I mean it takes time, effort and practice, but the task is simple.