First, a warm welcome to Jan Nergard who is joining our circle and adding a new country for us----Norway! He learned of our project through my recent article in the Mindfulness Bell. He is new to plant-based cooking and hoping to find some "good and simple" ideas----a goal I know is shared by many of us. And---late-breaking news----a warm welcome also to Vinh Nguyen who is joining us from Saigon, Vietnam!
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.