We all eat lunch at our desks or have dinner in front of the TV occasionally. It's probably unrealistic for us to enjoy a leisure meal three times a day, but that doesn't mean we should be completely disconnected from the food on our plate. With Thankgiving being celebrated this week, now is the perfect time to pause and be grateful for the food that sustains us.

In their book, Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life, Buddhist master Thich Khat Hanh and nutritionist Dr. Lilian Cheung reveal five contemplations that can encourage a healthier relationship to your food. These were posted on the Oprah Winfrey website recently and are worth considering.

1. This food is the gift of the whole universe: the earth, the sky, numerous living beings, and much hard, loving work.


2. May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive it.


3. May we recognize and transform our unwholesome mental formations, especially our greed, and learn to eat with moderation.


4. May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that we reduce the suffering of living beings, preserve our planet, and reverse the process of global warming.


5. We accept this food so that we may nurture our sisterhood and brotherhood, strengthen our community and nourish our ideal of serving all living beings.


This seems like something ideal to tack on your refrigerator or tuck into a journal. Of course, you may not come to each and every meal with this much clarity, but it's worth remembering that our connection to food goes beyond the act of eating. The ingredients came from the earth, were tended with human hands and exist to nourish us in both body and spirit. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

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