One of my favourite rituals of high summer Conscious Living is heading down to the vegetable garden for the morning harvest of home grown strawberries.
The sweet aroma of these luscious fruits greets me well before the ripe red berries come into view and my taste buds are triggered in anticipation.
Once I’ve filled the basket with enough to enjoy and share, I pick a few plump blueberries on the way back to the kitchen and combine them into a scrumptious breakfast.
I choose to see this as an extension of my morning practice so I slow down sufficiently to savour each bite of nature’s bounty (most of the time!)
It only takes a little longer than if I was rushing to finish, and the positive impact I carry forwards into my day more than compensates for the extra time.
My intention is to eat mindfully and give attention to each mouthful; this amplifies the enjoyment and leaves me feeling nourished at every level.
Umami is a Japanese word meaning delicious, and it truly fits the delightful sensation of eating such a nourishing summer feast.
In fact enjoying the flavour of food and drink triggers the release of endorphins which flood the body with a distinctive feel good factor.
It’s a vibrant way to start the day!
Refill Your Inner Well
There’s nothing quite like the taste of organic fruit and vegetables grown in your own back yard.
Yet the principle of savouring taste and aroma to refill your inner well and your stomach can of course be applied to many other “umami” foods and drinks.
Here are a few of my favourites:
- dark chocolate
- freshly ground black coffee
- home grown corn on the cob
- Jasmine green tea
- Kalamata olives
- black cherries
- full bodied wine
- … and did I mention dark chocolate?
The Taste of Summer
Living consciously includes prioritising health and well-being, so what and how you eat is clearly of great significance.
If you’re not inspired or able to grow your own food for any reason, why not treat yourself to one or more of your favourite, healthy and seasonal items on your next shopping trip.
Whenever you can, I also recommend claiming an extra five minutes for your meal and immerse yourself fully in the act of savouring your consciously chosen taste of summer.
Doing so will boost your vitality, uplift your mood, and from my experience, is likely to enhance your whole perspective on the day.
What foods and drinks give you that “umami” experience? Please share your favourites below.