Before You Eat… Do You Give Thanks?
Do you pray or in some way acknowledge/give thanks before you eat? A long time ago I read an article about a man travelling with companions, and when they got hungry there was just this little hole in the wall restaurant. The only food available was not particularly healthy, not something they would normally eat. But they prayed over the food, and felt nourished when they ate it.*
Appreciation and ritual are really important to me, and I feel like taking a moment to express gratitude actually affects the way I assimilate my food.
When I was eating meat, I used to acknowledge the sacrifice of the animal and appreciate that another life was feeding my life. I’m doing the vegan thing these days, but still have a little something I say to myself before I eat. I try to remember to do it every time.
I started this over the summer when I was doing a cleanse, and I liked it so much I’ve kept up with it. I’m a little embarrassed to be specific, I guess it will sound hokey to some people. “May this food nourish my body, mind and spirit. May it purify and cleanse me. Blessed Be.” As a good pagan girl, I always throw in the blessed be. I’ve just spent too much of my life scarfing down food without being conscious of it. I feel like that’s unhealthy for me spiritually and physically. I’m trying not to eat on the run any more, or while I’m doing another task. Eating that way makes me feel like I’m mindlessly scooping in food just for basic survival. Busy, busy, busy, right? But I’m trying. I’m really trying to take joy in every bite. My little saying helps me do that, and I actually feel more physically satisfied after a meal.
What about you? Do you take a moment before a meal to acknowledge it in some way?
*if anyone knows where this story comes from, please comment! I think I read it in a yoga magazine.