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    A Meditation on Appreciating the Food We Eat

    I just want to say that we as people don't appreciate our food. We take for granted its life giving and life sustaining power. I mean, it's amazing when you think about it. But people don't think about it. So, I would like to share a meditation I do before eating that really makes me feel like I am really giving thanks for my food every time I eat it.

    I sit at my dining table, not on the couch, or the floor, or the recliner. I sit at the table designated for eating, because that automatically makes it an altar for your food. It's already dedicated to that purpose, so I just began using it for the purpose it was intended.

    I sit, and I hold my food, or container of food, in my hands, and I close my eyes. I picture where the food came from, if it's meat what animal, if it's fruit, what kind of tree or plant? I'm not talking about thanking Stouffer's for your frozen lasagna either. I mean real honest to Gods food. I picture the food coming to maturity, and giving its life source for my nourishment. Then, I meditate on the positive life sustaining energy I am about to receive from this food, and I picture it forming a ball in front of me. A weightless ball of positive energy floating over the table, and when I feel it is done forming in my mind, I send it out into the rest of my home, and I imagine it dispersing all over the house, so that positive energy is spreading everywhere. Then I eat the food. I find that I enjoy my food more, I notice it. How it tastes, how it feels in my hands, and how it smells. I really focus on my senses and how this food influences each sense. It's very calming actually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thyself View Post
    I just want to say that we as people don't appreciate our food. We take for granted its life giving and life sustaining power. I mean, it's amazing when you think about it. But people don't think about it. So, I would like to share a meditation I do before eating that really makes me feel like I am really giving thanks for my food every time I eat it.

    I sit at my dining table, not on the couch, or the floor, or the recliner. I sit at the table designated for eating, because that automatically makes it an altar for your food. It's already dedicated to that purpose, so I just began using it for the purpose it was intended.

    I sit, and I hold my food, or container of food, in my hands, and I close my eyes. I picture where the food came from, if it's meat what animal, if it's fruit, what kind of tree or plant? I'm not talking about thanking Stouffer's for your frozen lasagna either. I mean real honest to Gods food. I picture the food coming to maturity, and giving its life source for my nourishment. Then, I meditate on the positive life sustaining energy I am about to receive from this food, and I picture it forming a ball in front of me. A weightless ball of positive energy floating over the table, and when I feel it is done forming in my mind, I send it out into the rest of my home, and I imagine it dispersing all over the house, so that positive energy is spreading everywhere. Then I eat the food. I find that I enjoy my food more, I notice it. How it tastes, how it feels in my hands, and how it smells. I really focus on my senses and how this food influences each sense. It's very calming actually.
    Bold and broad statement to say that people don't appreciate where their food comes from. As an ex chef and kitchen witch, trust me - I know where my food comes from and it's life giving energy. I applaud your pre-meal meditation yet it's not much different than saying "grace" or a small prayer of thanks prior to eating and many people do that. I myself have my own ritual whilst preparing a meal as well as prior to eating it.
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