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The Art of Enjoying Food

Biryani

Biryani

 

I come home from work, exhausted, tired & famished. I hear the call for dinner.

It’s Biryani!

Hmmm… just the thought brings water to my mouth.

The the aroma brings me closer.

I prepare myself for the encounter, and walk towards the table.

I set my eyes on the biryani, and it looks back at me.

My mind is now empty of all thoughts other than the through of devouring it.

I make the attack!

The first bite is sooo good, I immediately move on to the second, then the third, fourth, fifth.

Before I know it. It’s all over.

My plate looks like an abandoned battle scene. Bones & pieces of meat lying around.

Even though it seems that I won…

I Actually Lost.

I love Biryani, but I didn’t enjoy it. It finished of so fast.

I was feeling full & bloated.

At the end, I didn’t want anymore.

Pleasure turned into Pain.

Are you enjoying your food?

Do you get that feeling of regret after having a meal, that you’ve had too much? ’cause of which you start feeling lazy.

This happens when we have eating habits like:

  • Eating while watching TV / YouTube
  • Having a meal over phone / skype
  • Eating too fast

Mindful Eating – The Secret to enjoy eating food

Have you heard of Mindful eating? No it’s not about eating anyone’s mind. :-)

Mindful eating a simple practice of being present while eating, and the secret to enjoy food.

Here’s why.

When you’re present, your senses are on full alert (like Spidey sense). As a result you will:

  • Start noticing the color and texture of your food
  • Appreciate where the food has come from and the effort gone into making it
  • Get a heightened sense of taste
  • Know when you’re feeling full, and when to stop

One step to Mindful eating

The secret to forming a new habit is to start small. So let’s focus on just one step.

Just do this one thing, and you’ll notice a Big difference in how much you start enjoying your food.

“Prepare for the next bite, only after you’ve finished the previous one completely.”

This one action makes you stop and savour what is in your mouth. Then creates anticipation for the next bite. It also makes you aware how much food taking in your next bite.

With Mindful Eating you not only enjoy your food more, but also feel good about yourself for not over eating.

Have you tried mindful eating? do share your thoughts below.

Practice

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You cannot do anything…

“… You can only try” Dr Taha Mateen

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New Book: Sufi Comics – The Wise Fool of Baghdad

After 6 months in the making in collaboration with Artist Rahil Mohsin & Master Calligrapher Muqtar Ahmed, we launched the book ‘Sufi Comics: The Wise Fool of Baghdad’ at Comic Con Bangalore. We are very pleased with the final output of the book, it’s one of its kind!

Preview the Book | Buy the Book | Photographs from the launch

Farewell Ramadhan

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The whole dua/prayer can be read here.

I came, I saw, I COMIC-CONquered

Sufi Comics booth at Comic Con International 2012

“AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!” Wow, I feel like the Genie from Disney’s Alladin, as he comes out of the lamp after being cooped up for Ten-Thousand Years screaming, “AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!” Over the last twelve months or so I had been busy studying Arabic, Philosophy, Theology and other subjects. The studies had been really intense, with upto 7 hours of Tuition per day! Followed by a generous dose of Homework, Tests and Exams. As I was approaching the Grand Finale of my final exams last week, feeling that there was not enough pressure in my life, a week before my exams I decided to travel to Comic Con International in San Diego…

Read the full post on the Sufi Comics website.

Sufi Comics will be at Comic Con International San Diego 2012

Some months ago after encouragement from a friend, we applied to participate to promote Sufi Comics at Comic Con International San Diego – the mother of all Comic Conventions and one of the biggest in the world. When I got in touch with them, they told me there’s a 3 year waiting list. Hearing this we didn’t have any expectations to get in. Nonetheless they asked us to fill in the application form, in case there’s space, we may get a chance.

Long story short after a series of unexpected events, Sufi Comics will be participating at Comic Con International San Diego from July 12 to 15 2012.

This is a big moment for us, as it’s the first time an Comic book publisher from India has an exhibit space at Comic Con San Diego. I hope this is a beginning for more Indians to participate at International Comic Conventions around the world.

Please share the news with your friends. If you’re there in town during this time, we look forward to meet you there, at booth #5531.

For the first time the book 40 Sufi Comics in Color will be avaiable for Sale. We’ll also be previewing pages from our upcoming book “Sufi Comics: The Wise Fool of Baghdad.”

40 Sufi Comics now available in full Color

Since the time we launched Sufi Comics, one feedback we would often receive is to have the comics in color. For sometime now we’ve been experimenting with this suggestion. I’m pleased to let you all know that “40 Sufi Comics” is now available in full color!

These will be available for Sale at Comic Con San Diego 2012.

We’re also working towards making these available online for Sale on Amazon & Flipkart.

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