Recite the five contemplations below before each meal . . .
Reciting these five contemplations helps bring awareness to the gift of food and our relationship to it. Eating is a joyful activity in which we are fortunate to partake. That is not the case in much of the world. Try saying the contemplations to yourself if you are eating alone, or sharing them with others just before you begin a meal. You may find people thanking you.
This food is the gift of the whole universe — the earth, the sky, and much loving work.
May we eat mindfully and be grateful to receive this food.
May we eat with moderation.
May we eat foods that promote health and prevent illness.
May this food nourish us along the path of understanding and love.