Too often it is overlooked as a means to drink. Yes, it is a fermented alcoholic beverage. We are in a work hard/play hard culture and a reward culture, as well. A glass of vino after a long day can be relaxing, but if you’re drinking to drink alone you may lose out on the unspoken mental health benefits of wine. We now have a bottomless glass of research that supports the importance of meditation and mindfulness to equilibrate the damage done to our bodies from this high-stress lifestyle. Through better understanding and appreciation for what is in the glass, the experience of drinking wine can be meditative.
Practicing mindfulness only requires you to draw your attention to the moment. For most, being truly present is easier said that done. Many of us multitask and are easily pulled in many directions by life’s background noise. If you like to enjoy a glass of wine to unwind, you can begin to incorporate mindfulness simply by taking the time to truly stop and recognize the miracle of fermented grape juice. Anyone can taste (more to come on that). Look at the color, swirl and smell. If you smell something- it’s probably there! The more you taste, the easier it becomes to pick out aromas. What does the wine feel like on your palate? How does it make you feel? How does it change the moment, the meal, the company? How does it change after 10 minutes or an hour? This is a simple practice that requires no special training. Learn to stop for a brief moment and turn your senses into that exact snapshot in time.
Wine appreciation is inherently a means to mindfulness. Take those extra few moments to kick back and listen to your wine and you will find increased focus, mental flexibility, and stress relief- and anyway, you will sound so much more badass at dinner parties. 😉