The Porridge Appreciation Society

OK - You may not have seen this on Facebook....

I set it up some time ago on Facebook.

If you don't have a Facebook account, it is basically the "Porridge Appreciation  Society" which I set up for a number of reasons,but primarily as a study for my "Mindful Guitarist" blog!

The Porridge Appreciation society is/was my physical metaphor that encapsulates mindfulness for me personally.

Mindfulness helps you focus your attention on details that you would normally completely overlook.  It helps you be aware of your surroundings, your taste, textures, colours - even just moments in time that you may otherwise miss.

Hang in there - it will all make sense I promise!!!!


My wife Teresa constantly makes jokes about how I can get so "excited" or "passionate" about most basic things.  I don't think passion or excitement are things that I should feel I have to defend and if I find passion in porridge then surely my life is all the more colorful for it?

The few posts that were made in my Facebook "group" were actually really interesting to read and it showed there are others that had much to discuss about what on the face of it seems like a topic that could go no further than "its made from oats and milk" - when you start to look at porridge in more detail you get to see there are a million and one ways to make it, different variations, tastes, cooking methods.  I am sure I could write a book on it!

All of a sudden something incredibly obvious/overlooked becomes something of interest and exploration.

Well my own personal journey with porridge has brought me to a new understanding! 

I have learnt that the porridge oats you buy in the supermarket are heavily starched to make them cook quicker and a lot of the goodness of the oat is actually lost.  I am now buying a whole grain oat "steel cut" so you keep all the goodness from the grain and you are basically eating in a way that your body has been used to during evolution.

So where is all this going?

I will try and create a conclusion from this ....

I could have continued to eat my porridge and work on "auto pilot" (Add the milk, boil it up - eat it - go to work!)

However I chose not to.  I chose to take an interest in its form, its taste and how it can be improved

I chose to take time to study whether the porridge I was taking for granted as "porridge" was indeed the only option and from that learnt that there were indeed other options/choices available that may suit my lifestyle better.

As a result I feel I am healthier and am more aware of what I am putting into my body.

Can you see how this links to guitars yet?  LOL  OK I will give you a push if you haven't got there yet....

When you next pick up a guitar.  Take time and be mindful of its form, its colour, its sound - texture!  How could this guitar be improved for you personally?  How could you benefit from changes to this guitar?  Is this the right guitar for you?

Sit with that guitar, take some REAL time with it (you don't have to be on auto pilot, thrashing out the latest solo either).  Spend real time understanding that guitar.

You may find it quite therapeutic if you do it properly and it MAY help you find your perfect guitar..... but the principles I am discussing could also help shape your life in more ways than you could ever imagine.

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