From THE SECRETS OF MINDFUL BEAUTY, here’s way to bring more awareness into your life – and give your body a beauty boost, inside and out.
Minding the Seasons: A Fruitful Guide to Eating and Looking Better
Appreciating the seasons brings more awareness into your life. It’s also a great beauty boost for your body, inside and out. You can naturally bring more vitamins and minerals into your diet by including a rainbow of color. One of the easiest methods to do this is to eat more fruit. Even more mindful is to eat fruit according to the seasons.
Summer: Strawberries, Cherries, Raspberries, Gooseberries, Blueberries, Peaches, Melons (Cantaloupe, Watermelon) Mangoes, Apples, Blackberries, Grapefruit
Fall/Autumn: Pears (late summer/early fall), Grapes, Plums, Quinces, Cape Gooseberries, Crab Apples, Huckleberries, Kumquats, Cranberries
Winter: Pomegranates, Clementines, Dates, Grapefruit, Kiwifruit, Oranges (navel), Passionfruit, Persimmons, Redcurrants, Satsuma Mandarins, Tangerines, Lemons
A simple mindfulness exercise is to fully appreciate the gift of each fruit as you eat it. The Buddhist tradition, from which mindfulness comes, reminds us that we have a responsibility to reflect in ourselves the ‘nature’ of what we eat. For example, before you eat a rich, golden apricot, acknowledge its beautiful gift to you. Examine its colour. Feel its texture, soft or firm. Inhale its scent. Notice its temperature. Is it cold and refrigerated? Or warmed from the sun? Have you let it ripen? Taste it. Enjoy every juicy bite. When you’ve finished eating the fruit, give thanks. Honour the fruit you have eaten, the bounty of the earth. Become as rich, ripe and golden as an apricot.
Noticing the changing seasons by eating mindfully also allows us to accept and welcome the changes reflected in our faces and bodies over the years. Each season of life brings its own beautiful rewards.
About the Author
Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd has degrees in psychology and gender studies. She has taught interpersonal, communication, and personal development skills including meditation, self-awareness, self-care and mindfulness at the university level for almost two decades. She writes fiction as Eliza Redgold.
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