Every couple of weeks, I share an evening meal in silence with a friend. We eat while listening to soothing music, an audio book, or like last evening, we simply eat in silence. It's a good way to experience a friendship in an alternative way.
It's also good for noticing things anew. Not just how food looks, feels, smells and tastes, but to notice the act of eating itself.
David Byrne said in his movie "True Stories" that he likes to forget things so that he can notice them again. Notice the whiteness of paper, how a doorknob feels in the hand. I like that. And last night I noticed again that I eat.
Then I went home, enjoyed another fire in the fireplace and some reading. I noticed those things, too.