When I think about all the many international friendships that I share with others, it would seem inappropriate to just say Merry Christmas when so many others are celebrating some sort of holiday around the same time. So to all of my worldwide friends…. Happy Christmahanukwanzasolstica!
Years ago John Robbins made a huge impression on me with his book Diet for a New America. He continues to inspire through his blog, many documentaries and writing. I came across his kitchen prayer and have saved it for a very long time. I’d like to share it with you today.
May this kitchen be so filled with peace
that all who eat food prepared here receive peace.
May this kitchen be so filled with happiness that all who eat food prepared here receive happiness.
May this kitchen be so filled with goodwill that working here is a joy.
Bless this kitchen.
Bless all who work here.
Bless the food that is prepared here.
May this kitchen and the work done here be a blessing to all who live.
Five Contemplations before Eating
We give thanks to all who have come before us,
We give thanks to those who dug the wells from which we drink,
We give thanks to those who built the houses in which we live,
We give thanks to those who grew the food which we eat,
May our lives be a blessing to those yet to come.
I am also reminded of the words recited before meals by Thich Nhat Hanh, a man Martin Luther King called the Apostle of Peace and Non-Violence. He lives in a community of monastics and lay people in Vietnam.
This food is a gift of the earth, the sky, numerous living beings, and much hard and loving work.
May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive this food.
May we recognize and transform unskillful states of mind, especially our greed and learn to eat with moderation.
May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that reduces the suffering of living beings, and heals and preserves our precious planet.
We accept this food so that we may nurture our brotherhood and sisterhood, build our community, and nourish our ideal of serving all living beings.
May we all be mindful, not just today but everyday.
cook with love 😉