FIVE CONTEMPLATIONS BEFORE EATING
This food is the gift of the whole universe - the earth, the sky, and much hard work
May I be aware of the quality of my deeds as I receive it.
May I practice mindfulness to transform greed, hatred, and ignorance.
May this food nourish me and prevent illness.
In gratitude I accept this food so I may realize the path of love, compassion, and peace
DRINKING A CUP OF TEA, SODA, WATER, OR ANY LIQUID
This drink is my cup of mindfulness.
I hold the present moment
In my hands.
AFTER THE MEAL
My plate is empty. My hunger is satisfied,
And my body's strength is fully restored.
I use my power for the benefit of all.
May all beings have the nourishment they need.
Mindful eating and drinking can be very soothing and centering. And, as always, a reminder to practice gratitude is truly valuable.