Eating Mindfully: A Beginner’s Guide by Lane Taplin

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Every time we eat we have an opportunity to experience a deeper connection with ourselves and with the world around us. Through mindful awareness we can begin to develop this connection and experience a positive, nourishing relationship to food. My exploration of mindful eating began when I attended a Mindful Eating retreat at The Great Vow Zen Monastery in Clatskanie, Oregon. Participants explored mindful eating through Orioki (a meditative eating practice), meditation, exploratory exercises, group discussions, and lectures. Since attending the retreat I’ve begun to form an awareness of my eating habits by simply observing them with curiosity. Being present to my experience of eating can be challenging and uncomfortable but it is also incredibly empowering and nourishing for my body, mind, and spirit. I hope that this zine will inspire in others a playful curiosity with which to approach mindful eating as well as encouragement along the way.

Artist Bio

Lane Taplin is a fiber artist, community based artist, and educator. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design with a B.F.A. in Textiles, she lived in Portland, Oregon, where she taught art and facilitated community based art projects in programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Lane's creative practice includes a wide range of techniques and processes such as woven sculpture, installation, bookmaking, collaborative performance, mail art, guerrilla art and human dialogue. As a social practitioner she teaches and facilitates art-making and community building projects bring people closer to each other. She often facilitates this process by giving people the opportunity to tell their personal stories, whether visually or verbally, and uses mediums such as weaving and bookmaking to make these stories visible in new contexts.