The Zen of Gala Apples

Everyone should have a foodstuff to help them think. Leo Babauta likes drinking tea.

I think everyone needs at least one, peaceful, meditative activity. A few brief minutes spent relaxed and content in the moment, without distraction or stress, or even speech. Mr Babauta calls these ‘mindfulness rituals’, which also links in with his thoughts on savouring the moment. I realised what my mindfulness ritual was the other day.

It’s eating an apple.

I’ve only recently gotten into apples. I’ve never been a big fruit eater, except when I was a toddler (there exist several photos of me as a two year old, wielding a massive slice of honeydew melon). I don’t mind the odd banana, but as someone who “eats to live” rather than “lives to eat”, I’ve never really been able to get that excited about any food. This was until a few months ago, when over the course of one week I was given two apples. And now I’ve never looked back; they were delicious, and I immediately incorporated a bag of gala apples into my weekly shop.

Then I discovered the zen of the humble apple.

When I eat an apple I try to stop everything else I’m doing, and concentrate on just eating the apple. Apples take some eating, you can’t just scoff one in 5 seconds, you have to work at it, identifying and rending every morsel of substance away from the core to ensure nothing is wasted. I’ve been eating one as a mid-morning snack, to ward off tortuous hunger pangs. When I am finished both my hunger and my mind are satisfied.

When I eat apples there is nothing else, just the apple and me.

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Eat your apple slowly and reverently, don’t get juice on your keyboard, wash your hands afterwards. Seriously don’t get apple juice on your keyboard; it’s sticky and it’ll ruin your day.

— Drew Robey

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