Gratitude Can Have Deep Positive Affects On Health

Since we are what we eat and what we think…here are some ways to enrich your life and health in this New Year.  It’s all about your energy and how you use it, because everything is made up of vibrations of energy.  Although energy is  unseen (meaning its not a thing you can go to the store and buy, nor is the energy of Love for that matter); yet it is certainly palpable and you can feel its affects. It’s about time and wise for each of us to get in touch with what energies we are taking in…and giving out…especially now in the 21 Century.

Five Contemplations Before Eating:

  1. 1)  This food is a gift of the earth, the sky, numerous living beings, and much hard and loving work.
  2. 2)  May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive this food.
  3. 3)  May we recognize and transform unskillful states of mind, especially our greed and learn to eat with moderation.
  4. 4)  May we keep our compassion alive by
    eating in such a way that reduces the suffering of living beings, stops contributing to climate change, and heals and preserves our precious planet.
  5. 5)  We accept this food so that we may nurture our brotherhood and sisterhood, build our community, and nourish our ideal of serving all living beings.– Recited before meals in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, a Buddhist community that spans the globe

Eat in Gratitude and Thanksgiving:

     Since researchers have concluded that expressing gratitude can have deep and positive effects on your health, we suggest that you may want to find ways to bring thankfulness into your preparation and eating of food. When you sit down to eat, whether by yourself or with others, you can take a moment to reflect on the gifts of food in front of you, the effort that went into bringing it to your table, and the blessings that abound with eating healthy meals.

The saying of grace is, at least in its original intent:
A way of connecting to our sense of gratitude and kinship with life. It is a means of caring for ourselves. It is a way to slow down, to relax, to let go of the busy-ness and worries of the day, and to be open to the food we’re about to receive.

It enables us to acknowledge and bond with the others with whom we are sharing the meal. It is a way to join with them, and all the people and elements that have made our meal possible, in a spirit of appreciation. It is not so much the words we say, as the state of mind and heart we evoke, that is important. It is a way to honor the deep human need to express our common unity in the mystery of life.   John Robbins

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