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Think back on a food memory you cherish. What do you recall about this moment? Was it just the taste of the food itself? Or do you recall more about the experience?
Chances are you remember where you were and who you were with. What the food looked like. If you were outside and it was sunny, or if you were inside and things felt cozy. The colors, the lighting. What did it sound like? Smell like? Recall the full experience.
When you are travel somewhere, you are not just moving in space – you are absorbing all the sights, sounds and smells that define the experience of travelling. All the senses work together and make these moments rich and acutely memorable.
The most powerful of these moments are transformative, and can shape your lifestyle or outlook on the world. They can inspire you to share it with others. The experience lives on in a new way, in the mind and hearts of someone other than you.
Like all experiences, a food experience does not exist in a vacuum. A solitary meal could be one of the most amazing you ever had, but did you yearn for someone to share it with, so you could exclaim “this is AMAZING!” out loud? If you didn’t yell out, I bet you called, wrote or texted someone shortly thereafter to share how you felt in that moment.
Try something for me this week: recall a special food moment from your life. With that spirit in mind, make a date to eat with of cook for one or more loved ones. Hold the feeling of your food memory in mind as you prepare the food, or set out to meet them. Notice how you feel.
Creating a food memory is simply: having the awareness and intention of using more than just your tastebuds to enjoy a meal. Add richness by making it a moment, and you may find you feel a sense of satisfaction before taking your first bite!
Share this email with a friend if you’d think they’d enjoy trying this out, and of course let me know if you have any revelations!