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Mindful Eating: Eating Self-Transcendence

9781608821013You are an eating pyramid: billions of cellular, bacterial, parasitic micromouths with your macromouth on top. Your eating—within the confines of your body— is communal.

With this in mind, ask yourself who eats. Asking yourself, “Who is eating?” is really just a way of asking, “Who am I?”

Indeed, who are you, Composite Creature? Are you one?  Or are you many? Or is this plurality that you are just a form of universal oneness?

Chew on this mystery of eating as “you” eat. Transcend your narrow stereotypes of yourself.


Adapted from Reinventing the Meal (P. Somov, New Harbinger Publications, 2012)

Mindful Eating: Eating Self-Transcendence

Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is and his practice website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).

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Somov, P. (2013). Mindful Eating: Eating Self-Transcendence. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 21, 2020, from


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