Instructions for this activity
This activity guides students to practise using their senses to eat mindfully. Some students may not want to taste the food. Let students know it is their choice to eat or not to eat the food item. They can still participate in the guided mindful eating activity.
Students might be impatient during the mindful eating exercise and express that they “don’t like” mindful eating. Explain to students that this expression of feelings is a good example of being mindful of their experience and context. Encourage them to notice and explore these feelings without judgement. Acknowledge to the class that this exercise is very slow, so there is enough time to practise each step. This activity is meant to help us notice our senses and thoughts in more detail as we experience this one food. At meals and snacks, we do not need to eat this slowly to be practising mindfulness.
After watching the video with your class, use the following questions to guide students in a group reflection:
Extend your mindfulness exploration with your students using the second video in this series, “A Guided Practice in Mindfulness” where you can practice mindfulness with your students.