Do you ever feel in a rush when eating lunch?

It’s the middle of the day, you know you’re going back to work or that you have 45 minutes before your next appointment.

I did. I remember the days when it took 20 minutes to get my food at a restaurant, and then I felt rushed to make sure I was on time for the next meeting. I would as you wolf the food down, not even taste what I ate and go on with the day. It never occurred to me to actually take my time and enjoy the food I was eating.

Now after years of mindfulness practice, I actually chew the food, taste it and enjoy the company I am with. I make sure I have enough time, and if I don’t, I prepare my own lunch in the morning. I take one bite at a time, notice the different flavors and, mindfully, am thankful for the food — thankful for the farmers that harvested the veggies, the baker that made the bread, and my homemade mayo. I also bless the food; I feel that makes it taste better.

So have a nice lunch, breathe and make it an enjoyable time with friends or colleagues.

Ditteke Ederveen-Gorman writes from Keene. A former model and actress, she writes, teaches and speaks about mindfulness to adults and children. Visit her blog at