Take Smaller Bites

vacations and trips

Rest will give you the right perspective.

In this era of haste, we often hear the medical recommendation to take smaller bites. And to chew longer. The point is that the mouth is the first stage of digestion. Chewing means that the food gets processed mechanically, but also biochemically by the digestive juice called saliva. If the food is handled correctly in the mouth, the stomach has it easier doing its job. Our stomach handles a lot of stress that is unavoidable these days. Thus there is no need to put more pressure on it. By taking smaller bites we also get full by less food and thus put even less pressure on our digestive system.

It struck me the other day that this whole story with the digestive system could be seen as a metaphor for life as a whole. Our brain digests large quantities of information each and every day just like our digestive system. We can say that it would be wise to take smaller bites of the information as well.

How? By reserving at least an hour a day in silence, just lying down doing nothing or taking a walk in nature. There are so many channels of information we can access, we quickly get the fear of missing something out. Actually it is the other way around: by stuffing our brain with information, we lose it all, because there is no time to ‘digest’ it.

Do you ever experience the feeling that your head is full of thoughts that almost prickle in your brain? That is definitely a sign one does not need any new data entering that day. The thoughts will calm down in a nap, in a meditation, during a nature walk or simply by lying down and doing nothing.

There is another advantage to taking in less information and processing it slowly. If we take our time experiencing things, we can really feel their true value. That way life will make more sense. Just like the food is more tasty, if we take our time eating it.

Take care,
Helena Smole, author of:

– a fantasy novel with romance Out of the Forest and into the City

Balancing the Beast, a book offering a bright view of schizoaffective disorder ˗ bipolar or manic-depressive type

Leave a Reply