What’s an orange have to do with meditation?

I was driving down the road with my kids, who were laughing and talking and, at odd moments, yelling for what seemed like no reason when a segment on meditation came on the radio. When I hear mediation I immediately think of peaceful music, candles and solitude. Apparently I have it all wrong.

A segment from the John Tesh radio show came on describing a 1-minute meditation that kids (or adults) can do … and all you need is an orange.

Maybe you’ve heard of mindful eating? Or just mindfulness in general? It’s when you focus on what you are doing and drown out all the distractions in your head.

All you need to do is place the orange in your hand. Look at it. Like, really look at it. Does the color vary? Is it perfectly round, bumpy or kind of squished? Now go ahead and peel the orange. Smell the fragrance as the peel tears apart. Try to keep the peel together in one long piece if you can. Look at the white fibers, think about how the peel feels against your fingers.

All done? You just meditated! That small act of focusing totally on the orange gave your mind a break from all the other things rambling around in there.

Bonus? Now you can eat the orange.