There’s an interesting article on the NYTimes site right now about “mindful” eating. I tried this, briefly, after reading it. I sat at my desk at work, coffee cup in hand, and closed my eyes. I took a sip, savored the sweet/bitter coffee, the warmth of it…then I opened my eyes and looked around to see if anyone had seen me. Nope? Ok, let’s do this again. So I did. It was peaceful. I think, for me (and anyone who knows me knows how true this is) it would be hard to have an entire meal with another person in silence. Sometimes I do eat my lunch alone at home, but I’m usually playing a game of mahjong solitaire or Words with Friends. It’s not often enough that I really stop to focus on the tastes and textures of what I’m eating. Who has the time for that? But I think, maybe, I do have the time to close my eyes and silently sip my coffee.