Living mindfully means living in a state of awareness. You savor every flavor, admire every sunset, cherish every moment with loved ones—always grounded in the moment instead of worrying about the past or stressing about the future. When you’re mindful, you don’t let life pass you by; you experience all of it. Is there a better way of living than that, especially in your later years?
To teach people in therapy about mindfulness, I use the example of eating an orange. I tell them to eat an orange slowly, to pay attention to the way the fruit feels in their hand as they peel it. I ask them to focus on the way it smells, and then, finally, on the way it tastes as they eat one segment at a time. It sounds easy, right? The hard part is that for those few minutes, the only thing you do is eat the orange. You don’t also check your email or Twitter or watch TV; you just peel and eat a piece of fruit. It surprises people how much better food tastes, and how much more they appreciate it, when they eat like this. That’s what mindfulness is.
There is an unlimited number of things you can do mindfully, but for now, I’d like to focus on just three that can help you immensely as you age: feeding your body, your brain, and your soul.
Feeding Your Body Mindfully
You know the adage “you are what you eat”? In a way, it’s true. What you eat can affect not only your mood and your stress levels, but also your longevity. No amount of kale will cure cancer and eating quinoa won’t let you live forever, but what you put in your body can increase, or decrease, your quality of life and life span.
One diet you might want to pay particular attention to is …