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Contemplations of Love and Appreciation at the Dinner Table

Gratitude for friendship and food, with my dear friend Ginger and our families on a my last trip to Gainesville, FL.

Gratitude for friendship and food, with my dear friend Ginger and our families on a my last trip to Gainesville, FL.

With the Jivamukti Focus of the Month being “the Magic of Cooking”, over the last week I have indeed made a conscious effort to cook with greater global awareness. This has inspired myself, and consequently my family, to practice gratitude now when we sit around the dinner table.

Your culture, background or religion may already do this in the form of prayer or blessing. If so, come to it tonight with renewed vitality and a consciously open heart. If not, here is a simple contemplation that my family have been reciting, with hands held, at the dinner table. We used a variation of it before our silent meals in Costa Rica. Feel free to use it to set up a vibration of deep appreciation and thanks for all you have on your table and in your life:

This food is the gift of the whole universe – the earth, the sky and much hard work. In this food I see the presence of the entire universe supporting my existence.
May we eat in mindfulness to be worthy to receive it.
Beings all over the earth are struggling to live, may we practice so that all have enough to eat. May we transform our minds to learn to eat with moderation.
May we take only foods that nourish us and prevent illness. We accept this food to realise the path of understanding and love and to live for the benefit of all beings.

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