Meditation Position Statement of The Center for Mindful Eating
The Center for Mindful Eating endorses formal mindfulness meditation practices as valuable for the cultivation and practice of mindful eating, and mindful awareness in daily life. It supports awareness of emotional and physical hunger, and satiety cues to help guide decisions on when to begin and end eating.
Mindfulness meditation cultivates attention and awareness of thoughts, feelings, the body and all the senses without judgement. It encourages curiosity and cultivates compassion, thus providing a foundation for mindful eating.
The Center for Mindful Eating defines ‘formal mindfulness meditation practices’ as setting aside a specific time in silence where - from moment to moment- we give our full attention to our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations, in order to cultivate concentration, insight and loving-kindness.
This position statement is in alignment with the mission, vision and values of The Center for Mindful Eating. It might not reflect all of our members' views/opinions. It is the hope of The Center for Mindful Eating that this position statement will provide opportunities for meaningful reflection and conversations along the path to a healthy and joyful relationship with food and eating to the benefit of all beings.
We welcome the comments and suggestions of our mindful eating community. Current members of The Center for Mindful Eating are invited, and encouraged, to share their responses to these position statements. This position statement was revised following feedback from members, December 2015. Feedback was collected through a member survey and round table discussion.