I have started to eat soup a little bit more than I have in the past.

Soup is a pretty good option for a meal during the day. I go with canned soup such as Progresso because they have a large variety of options. And depending on what soup I choose I can get a good dose of vegetables and have a filling meal with not a lot of calories.

A thought that came to me the other day while preparing lunch was…how should I heat my soup?

I’ll usually pop the top on the can and pour it into a bowl before sticking it in the microwave for a few minutes. The microwave is a lifesaver when it comes to quickly heating something up, usually food for lunch.

But as I sat there and watched the bowl spin behind the glass door I got to thinking. When I heat up soup at home I should do it in a small pot on the stovetop instead of the microwave.

Some people may argue that this is actually a better way to evenly heat up your food. Maybe it is even better for you health wise to do it this way, I don’t know. Neither of these is the reason I thought about heating the soup on the stove top.

The reason I want to start heating the soup on the stove top can be found in simple tea meditation.

Tea meditation is a basic moving mediation that forces you to block out everything else and actually take the time to mindfully brew a cup of tea. You give each step to brewing the tea your full attention. Boil the water. Steep the tea. Pour the tea. Drink the tea. All your attention is focused on each step one at a time, and you focus on being mindful of every step of the tea.

So I thought to myself the other day, that is how I should heat up my soup.

Put the soup into a pot and heat it up on the stove top. While it is heating up I shut everything else out and focus on the soup heating. Be mindful of the broth heating up and the ingredients as I stir it. Be mindful as I ladle the soup into a bowl. Be mindful as I slowly sip and taste the soup.

The key here is to be mindful.

I need to take more time out of every day to be mindful, and heating soup on the stove top gives me that opportunity that I might not have at other times of the day.

And it is one step closer to mindful eating which leads to a healthier diet which leads to a healthier body.

So how are you going to heat up your soup?