Fourteen of us gathered in Portland recently for our Spring Potluck, hosted by Cathy and Tom, who provided a magnificent view of Mount Hood from their living room window. We had a splendid meal while getting up to date on everyone's food discoveries and activities.
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.