Day Twenty-two

DAY 22: Dr Elise Bialylew interviews Gil Fronsdal


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Video Objectives

In this video you’ll learn:

  • How mindfulness can change the relationship we have with our thoughts
  • Understanding the principle of "letting go" when practising mindfulness
  • How to manage the obstacle of boredom in meditation practice to experience greater benefits and freedom in life
  • How to manage incessant list making when meditating
  • How to use mindfulness to help support us with difficult emotions
About Gil Fronsdal

Guided Meditation on Breathing - 32 minutes

by Gil Fronsdal

**** As you've been meditating for 3 weeks this is a longer meditation and it has much longer periods of silence throughout as requested by many MIMsters - please go to the MEDITATION page if you'd like a shorter one for today.

Here is a 4 min meditation with Elise Bialylew if you feel like a shorter one

*click play to listen to the meditation

Bringing mindfulness into everyday life through mindful eating.

Many of us tend to eat in a rush, or while focused on other things – often we don’t even taste our food, and so we end up eating more than we need. Because of this, mindful eating has recently become a popular weight loss practice: rather than the severe restraints of traditional dieting, mindful eating makes you more aware of what you are putting in your mouth and when you feel full.

This exercise will not only continue to build neural pathways that support focused attention and presence, but it will also make eating more enjoyable. As someone with a sweet tooth, I’ve found it helps me savour sweets more slowly and leaves me feeling more satisfied with one piece of chocolate, rather than eating an entire block!

You can do this with any piece of food, but try it with a piece of chocolate, preferably dark chocolate, as it’s healthier than milk chocolate and has more depth of flavour (some people prefer to use a sultana).

    1. Put the piece of chocolate in your palm and imagine you have never eaten this food before.


    1. Move through each of your senses, tuning in completely to all the information you can take in through each sense.

      Sight: notice all the colours, shapes, shadows and light.Touch: holding the chocolate in your hand, notice its weight, firmness, edges, dryness or moisture.Taste: place the chocolate in your mouth and don’t chew. Instead, move it around your mouth and sense the flavour. Start eating the chocolate very slowly while staying completely attentive to your sense of taste. Notice where you sense the flavours – is it at the back of the tongue or the front? Notice what side of your mouth you habitually chew on.


  1. As you move through the practice, notice any thoughts that arise, and when you notice you’ve been caught in thinking, just let go of the thoughts and come back to whatever sense you are exploring.

Share what you notice when practising mindful eating in the Facebook group or on Instagram. 


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