We have a new member joining our email circle, Surya-Patricia Lane Hood in Phoenix, Arizona. Welcome, Surya-Patricia! Now we have two people in Arizona. I don't know which town Susan Patterson is in----are you reading this, Susan? Please let me know where you are----who knows, maybe you are neighbors!
We have another of us on the map by name---Susan Bliss here in Portland. The more names, the friendlier...
Here is a dish that is wonderful in itself and that can also substitute for guacamole for those of us who live very far away from where avocados grow and want to eat more local products. Broad beans grow well here in Sweden and probably all of Europe and places with similar climate. They have a lovely taste and are rich in protein.----Kerstin
The Contemplations are spoken before meals in the Order of Interbeing:
This food is a gift of the earth, the sky, numerous living beings, and much hard and loving work.
May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive this food.
May we recognize and transform unwholesome mental formations, especially our greed and learn to eat with moderation.
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.
We accept this food so that we may nurture our brotherhood and sisterhood, build our sangha [community], and nourish our ideal of serving all living beings.
These principles guide our mission on this website: to facilitate cooking and eating with mindfulness in such a way that we help to reduce the suffering of living beings, preserve our planet, and reverse the process of global warming.