Posted by: Upāsaka | 09/05/2014

Mindfulness of Eating | Abhaya-cariya

I undertake the training rule to recite the Meal Gatha before eating and never to eat a meal without offering some of it to another being.

The training rule to be mindful of eating is surprisingly difficult for me. The simple act of pausing to consider, to give thanks for the labor and sacrifice that has gone into making the food possible is, at times, almost too much. It is literally as if I cannot stop myself which is all the more reason to practice restraint. I aam tempted to read into this aspect of my personality and try to divine additional meanings and speculate about what it means for my character but why? Practice and insight are really the only to see truth and know Liberation so I will put that burden down. 

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