One of the most difficult aspects of running my business may be living the message that I am sharing with others. In my Welcome post I try to make it clear that as my own schedule and family life ebb and flow, my path with mindfulness and eating takes some unanticipated turns.
We run through a few days, possibly the whole week; we sit down for dinner together when we can. We have to get out the door for school by 7:30 AM and mom never quite gets to eat breakfast. But then we have a quieter week such as the one upon us and we begin again to take our time, pay attention, and savor.
Last week was a busy one with cooking demonstrations and presentations, winding down the preserving season for one of my clients, and hosting family from Chicago and New York for our street’s Halloween madness, a.k.a. Trick-or-Treat.
So yesterday we rested; everyone seemed noticeably drained of energy. It was a great time to tune in to what our bodies are telling us, especially as the weather becomes more fall-like and our immune systems are wont to get a little skewed at this point.
Through this whirlwind that self-employment can be I’ve been on a serious mission to pare down, minimize, keep it simple. This journey’s been going on a solid two years–as anyone who followed my homestead blog often heard me discuss. But in the last six months or so I’ve been even more ruthless with clearing things out of our life that do nothing but create clutter, both mentally and physically.
Ironically, as I was going through some paper files last week I came across this e-mail shared by a member of our spiritual community at a vegetarian cooking demonstration and/or potluck held several years ago. He’d gotten it from a friend and somewhere back it came from the brilliant mind of Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Now I share it with you and encourage you to meditate on a line or two this week.
Five Mindful Eating Contemplations:
- This food is a gift of the Earth, the sky, numerous living beings and much hard work.
- May I eat with mindfulness and gratitude, so as to be worthy to receive this food.
- May I recognize and transform my unwholesome mental formations, especially my greed, and learn to eat in moderation.
- May I keep my compassion alive by eating in such a way that I reduce the suffering of living beings, preserve our planet, and reverse the process of [global warming].
- I accept this food so that I may nurture my sisterhood and brotherhood, strengthen my community, and nourish my ideal of serving all beings.
Something to chew on this week. May you have a fresh start. Namaste.