Look closely at what you are about to eat.
Pause
Touch it. Smell it.
Pause
What is it made of?
Pause
Where did it come from?
Pause
Reflect on how many people may have been involved in the growth, transportation, and preparation of this food?
Pause
How does your body feel in anticipation of eating?
Pause
What’s happening in your mouth? In your belly? Other sensations?
Pause
When you are ready, bring the food to your mouth. But don’t chew it yet. Let your tongue explore it first.
Pause
Feel the sensations as it is experienced by the taste buds.
Pause
As you begin chewing what is in your mouth, pay close attention to what your tongue is doing.
Pause
Thoroughly chew and swallow what is in your mouth before you take another bite.
Pause
In this way we learn to chew, taste, savor, and swallow mind- fully. We can watch craving or aversion as it arises in relationship to our food.
Pause
Everything we put in our mouths now becomes an opportunity for meditation.

 

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