Forget New Years’ resolutions….this year, we’re talking revolutions!
I am so excited to see some great work going on from Rachel Macy Stafford of the The Hands Free Revolution “letting go to grasp what really matters” http://www.handsfreemama.com/ and Randi Zuckerberg at Dot Complicated who is “untangling our wired lives” http://dotcomplicated.co/content/2013/01/welcome-to-dot-complicated/
There’s also Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution “educate yourself about food and cooking” — something sorely needed in our fast-food culture. http://www.jamieoliver.com/us/foundation/jamies-food-revolution/about.
All of these projects speak to our multi-tasking, hyperscheduled culture, and trying to find healthy ways to cope, take care of ourselves and our families.
Well, here’s a new story just released about another revolution. Time Magazine just released an article about “The Mindfulness Revolution” (here’s the link): http://content.time.com/time/subscriber/article/0,33009,2163560-8,00.html
This article offers that practicing “mindfulness based stress reduction” in our “stressed-out multitasking culture” can give us many health and life benefits from simple stress reduction, pain management, and being able to mitigate distraction, and lack of focus.
Why do these Revolutions excite me so much? It’s simple: at the heart of my project, The Shared-Meal Revolution, is finding one time a day, every day, when we can connect with others, feel a connecting experience through a shared-meal, and regain control of what matters — our relationships with our friends, family, and feeling joy–everyday. What results from the practice of a shared meal is a greater sense of wholeness, many health benefits (social, physical, psychological to name a few) and achieving life balance. Sharing meals matters to us as individuals, for our network of relationships, and for our community and society. Having a shared-meal ritual to help manage the effects of fast-paced, modern living, is a relevant practice for our times.
If you haven’t yet checked out The Shared-Meal Revolution, please take a moment to visit www.shared-meals.com.