by: Ashton Byrne
“In this plate of food, I see the entire universe supporting my existence.” - Zen blessing from Thich Nhat Hanh
I want to bring us back around to one of the greatest feelings in the world, gratitude. It seems easy to separate our meals from this feeling. In fact, countries that have plenty of food tend to have more disharmony with it. Americans, worry more and enjoy less when it comes to eating than any other nation. Easy to see why, with information overload, unlimited fad diets, food rules, less time for cooking, good versus bad food, miracle foods, disease...it’s hard to just eat, and just enjoy it. Maybe we are taking our food for granted, we’re not remembering where it came from, who put work into growing it, what put energy into sustaining it, how much life and communication and intelligence it takes to provide the food we consume everyday.
For one day, I invite you to stop analyzing each bite you take based on what you read or heard or saw. Instead, take a bite with gratitude. As you chew think about where the food came form, how much time and effort it took to grow and get to your table. Think about how it tastes and smells. Notice how it makes you feel after eating. Slow down and create joy in the simple things. The simple, but the big. So big- in fact, it’s one of the only things we truly need.