A Year of Mindfulness – 21 – Fruit

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Jesus – I think they were clutching straws at this one, don’t you?! The mindful ‘fruit’ week. I’m sure there was a mindful eating one earlier in the year, surely fruit could have come under that? Anyway, I was supposed to pick a new fruit out each day and study it. Look at its appearance, the way it feels in my hand, its taste, smell, texture, etc. You can choose whatever fruit you want, but each one has to be different from the last. The assumption for this task is that you just happen to have a load of different types of fruit in, which isn’t always the case for us in this house – we’re lucky if we even have apples. However, having recently bought a Nutribullet, we actually do have a substantial amount of fruit in – so it was good timing for this task! Mangoes, pineapples, bananas, peaches – the lot! At least I can fully get stuck in I suppose!

So every time I was going to eat a piece of fruit, be it in smoothie or solid form, I did what the task asked. I held it, smelt it, tasted it, and considered all of the aspects of the fruit. The idea was that it helped you be more mindful and present. I’m not entirely sure how fondling a pear helps me become more mindful, but I gave it a good go. I definitely felt like the creators of the challenge were clutching a bit with this one!

However, fondling all this fruit did remind me of a thought I had a little while ago back when the world was normal. I was on my lunch break back and I nipped to the nearby Sainsbury’s to buy some fruit. I realised that I had barely eaten any fruit lately and I was feeling particularly sluggish, so I ran out to get some bananas and apples for the week. It struck me that Sainsbury’s is one of the more costly supermarkets and yet the fruit I bought was still fairly cheap. It made me think how lucky we are to live in a country where we can get fruit so readily available and on our doorstep, for such reasonable prices. I felt lucky that I could decide I wanted some fruit, and then go and get some of said fruit, just like that. So I guess just by focusing on the fruit this week, I have been a little more mindful after all, even if I turned my nose up at the start!

So there we have it – the mindful fruit week. Sometimes I recommend the challenges but I’m not going to recommend this one really as feel it’s a bit of a non-starter! But of course be my guest to touch all your fruit and be mindful.

Oh and in case you’re wondering, my favourite fruit this week has been grapes. Grapes that were liquified and fermented or whatever the hell the process is, to turn into red wine! Delicious!

See you next week!

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