Landscapes, vineyards, wine and mindfulness? How do you imagine it?
If you are a Buddhist practitioner you may wonder if meditation and wine can combine well.
But in our western world, outside the restrictions of religions, a quality glass of wine does not seem to be harmful. It seems rather a very satisfying experience, especially if it is guided by an experienced sommelier and, if they also teach you mindfulness. Is that possible?
Paula Tripicchio, psychologist, mindfulness practitioner and formerly part of the Ineco Mindfulness team, is beginning to provide that experience in a Rio Negro winery, and this tells us: “A winery and a vineyard undoubtedly offer an ideal environment, not only to enjoy the charm of its nature, but also becomes a unique space for connect and explore our senses. The aroma of the wine, its texture, its color and the movement sliding in the glass, clearly connect us with the multisensory experience that comes with tasting and tasting a wine with full attention. That is why we find it interesting to be able to link the practice of mindfulness with the natural context of a winery and its relaxing environment “.
The natural surroundings favor the connection with the senses. Photo Shutterstock.
Clearly the practice of eating or drinking can be enlightened by a full consciousness. It is an applied form of this mode of connection with the present.
“Mindfulness or Mindfulness -continues Paula- is a scientific meditation practice that helps us become aware of what is happening in our body, in our mind and around us, in the present moment. It helps us to be more attentive to what we are doing while we are doing it and connecting with how we feel, instead of always operating on ‘automatic pilot’. The exercises and techniques of mindfulness meditation were adapted to the scientific field by biologist Jon Kabat-Zinn, from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and the latest research shows us that programs that use this form of meditation are effective in managing mindfulness. stress, the anxiety and the depression“.
An exquisite experience
“Tasting a wine is an experience that clearly requires full attention – says the professional -, when we taste a wine we carry out a series of steps similar to when we carry out a practice of mindfulness or mindfulness based on the senses. We begin by serving the wine, see how it falls into the glass, we carefully observe and we define its color. Then we bring it to our nose, we perceive its primary aromas, we move it in the glass to incorporate oxygen, we bring it back to the nose, we will perceive what happened when it incorporated said oxygen and we will notice how the wine opens and its aromas are transformed. We look at the glass and when we move the wine in a circular way we see its tears and its different textures fall. Then we will take a good sip so that its flavors flood our mouths and at that moment is when we we connect with the sensations that happen to us. “
Tripicchio continues: “We all have a different morphology in our mouth, so each one will experience different sensations, we will notice the sweet tannins, astringency, acidity and bitterness. And the last step is share the experience that each one experimented with the rest of the people who accompany us, which helps us to find and perceive new flavors and aromas in this tasting “.
If to this we add the possibility of being in a natural environment And being able to do some meditative practices there, isn’t that an exquisite combo?
Meditation and mindfulness, a wellness experience. Photo Shutterstock.
“In several wineries in the area of La Rioja, Spain, they already carry out this practice and report numerous benefits,” concludes Paula.
Without a doubt, this experience is enjoyable and motivating and expands the use of mindfulness in our lives, allowing us to continue training our senses. Of course, with maximum balance and equanimity, recognizing the limit of our lucidity, so as not to lose ourselves in the excessive pleasure that distorts our minds.
*Martin Reynoso is a psychologist, director of Train Your Brain Argentina and author of “Mindfulness, scientific meditation”.