Try the orange challenge on your next lunch break


It’s a simple exercise that reminds us of the power of paying attention.

Here is poet Thich Nhat Hanh with the instructions:

“Peel the orange. Smell the fruit. See the orange blossoms in the orange, and the rain and the sun that have gone through the orange blossoms. The orange tree that has taken several months to bring this wonder to you. Put a section in your mouth, close your mouth mindfully, and with mindfulness feel the juice coming out of the orange. Taste the sweetness.”

Find another moment—and then another—that you can approach with wonder, curiosity and gratitude. Notice if—and how—it changes the way you see the world.

Thich Nhat Hanh, “The Moment Is Perfect,” Lion’s Roar, May 2008.

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