Mindfulness. Let’s be honest, we are all very aware of the importance of mindfulness in our lives. However, mindfulness is a practice that needs to be cultivated – and what a better way to do so, if not including it in every aspect of our lives (yes, you can be very mindful when you are flossing).
We asked Stephanie, founder of Mindful Bites, how she incorporates mindfulness in the different areas that us, bloggers and influencers, will have to deal with on a daily basis.
Stephanie was brought up in a family with a long tradition of food in Sicily, Stephanie started her career in London, working in investment banking for 15 years.
During her time in the corporate world, she noted striking differences between eating behavioural patterns in the workplace and what she had experienced whilst growing up; the relationship with food seemed somehow distorted, with very extreme definitions of good versus bad food, allowed and forbidden foods, almost obsessive sequences of restrictive dietary regimes, all destined to fail.
Her natural entrepreneurial spirit, combined with her passion for food and healthy nutrition, gave her the impetus to create a disruptive brand which could be at the forefront of a new trend of intuitive mindful eating.
Mindful Bites is the result of a search for a radically new relationship with food which can combine the pleasure of eating with healthy eating, based on awareness of foods and appreciation of their benefits not just on our individual health but the health of the ecosystem, by creating more meaningful human connections and more sustainable lifestyles.
How can we find stillness in a busy city like London?
You won’t find stillness anywhere; we create stillness. We need to shout to our inner voices ‘shut it this very moment’ so that we can hear our heart and mind and this can be done whilst everything and everybody moves frantically around us.
Stillness is created, and this can be done also in London.
Having said that, the process does become way easier surrounded by green fields or in front of the sea; that special reconnection with nature is always a great healer of all emotional earthquakes.
What are the best places in London to inspire rest and mindfulness?
I will reveal my special place – if I really need to find stillness and reconnect, I run usually at dawn to Primrose Hill, right to the top to the inscription featuring the lines by the poet William Blake “I have conversed with the spiritual Sun. I saw him on Primrose Hill.”
The idea of conversing with the ‘spiritual Sun’ gets me every single time and forces a reset in my brain.
In London, we are very lucky as we have absolutely amazing parks; we can all go to a park, even for 20 minutes.
Sometimes all we need is to sit on a bench and stare at the green, even the tiniest patch of green, but staring with intention, the intention is to find that we are also part of this nature, of this planet, of this story unfolding with a role to play, a pretty incredible story which is bigger than us.