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How to Eat (Mindful Essentials) Paperback – August 1, 2014
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The Mindfulness Essentials have appeared on each of the Regional Independent Bookstore Trade Association bestseller lists in 2015:
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as well as the NPR Bestseller list, the San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller list, the Boston Globe Bestseller list, the LA Times Bestseller List and the extended New York Times Bestseller List. They’ve been featured in Brain Pickings and the Utne Reader.com among many other websites.
About the Author
Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most revered Zen teachers in the world today. His best-selling books include Be Free Where You Are and Peace of Mind. He lives in Plum Village in southwest France. Nhat Hanh has been teaching the art of mindful living for more than 70 years.
Jason DeAntonis is an award-winning Bay Area artist, known for his sumi ink illustrations, and his fine carpentry and custom furniture. He has also worked in sculpture, costume design, glass blowing, painting, printmaking, and book illustration. His work has appeared in Mindfulness in the Garden, How to Sit, How to Eat, How to Walk, How to Love, and How to Relax. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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In our current day we forget how to do everything, even eat. We forget to think of where the food we're eating came from, the hard work that was put into it, and cherishing the flavor of every bite as it enters our mouth, the essence of the sun and the atmosphere, our universe and how we're each involved in bettering it on an individual level. We're a busy generation obsessed with cellphones and televisions, always forgetting to truly appreciate what we have and what our ancestors have given to us. This book helps remind us why we eat, and to understand what it means to eat. We eat to eat, not just to provide our bodies with nutrients.
Thich wrote this series as a reminder for us to remember how to be mindful no matter what we're doing and I've loved each "how to" so far. They're written on a human level which is great for inviting both those who are new to practicing, and those who have priced their entire lives. I love to carry it around with me when I go out to eat, or to have it on the table during dinner just as a reminder. People are always curious to know what it means to know "How to Eat".
The book did have a few passing suggestions... For example, monks use the same bowl so they know exactly how much food they need (and then don't take too little or too much), which I found interesting, but overall it felt more like a spiritual lecture, very, shall we say, "yoga voice" as opposed to actual instruction, tips or advice on how to actually eat more mindfully.
For example, Thich Nhat Hanh said we should look at each green bean, or grain of rice, and see what a miracle it is, how you're eating the whole entire universe, and then also think about all the people who are hungry. Beautiful points, entirely not practical.