Your food is special so, be mindful when you eat. Contemplate your plate and how the food in it arrives there. As you contemplate your food see that it is all interconnected. If you are having trouble seeing that interconnectedness then eat with all of your senses. Feel grateful for the food you eat and everyone along the food chain who brought it to your table.
In contemplating your plate or in other words think a moment before you start to eat. Where has this food come from? What was it like there while this food was growing. How was this food prepared? How did this food feel before it reached your plate? Think on these things for a moment.
While contemplating your meal can you see the inter connectedness of it all? You might taste the fields where it was grown or feel the lives of the people who helped grow and prepare it for you. Can you sense the lives that your meal has touched and the way it touches yours. You food does provide you with nourishment and it helps provide for those who care for it along the way to your plate. The life giving nourishment in your plate has a story to tell if you listen and sense with all of your senses.
Did you know that you have more than five senses? You can just sit and chew your food slowly and use all of your senses. Touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound we all know but what about a sense of spacial relation, a sense of time, or even the “sixth” sense; you can use all of those as you slowly chew your food. What can you feel, sense, or detect? Now this post isn’t going to tell you about how you should feel while you are eating because that is up to you to decide.
As you continue to be mindful and chew your food think back to where it came from and how it go to you. Do you feel grateful for all of the parts of nature and all of the people who brought you food to you? It is said that such gratitude can be feeling and in a psychological sense make your food feel more nourishing. Try it and see if you feel that this gratitude is nourishing to your being. Can you feel the love in your food?
Your food is very special and it is not something that many of us think about. If we could be more mindful of our food we may even eat better, slower, and be truly filled with less. It all starts where the food comes from and ends with you. As you can see it is all connected as we all are. Just use your senses to see and feel it all. When you do you can feel more grateful for what you eat and you may find that it truly nourishes your soul.