Posted by: Michael Rickicki | 04/25/2018


May I receive this food with gratitude and appreciation of the sufferings that it entailed.

May I be mindful that this meal may be my last and not allow it to go to waste.

May I eat not in pursuit of the pleasure of taste but simply as fuel for this body.

I’ve noticed that when I show myself to consume mindlessly there’s a feeling almost akin to dirtiness in the mind. So, once again, I’m trying to come up with a few gathas to help refocus the mind on the present. In addition, I intend to only take two meals a day to train for hardship and reduce my appetite. I will also make the aditthana not to consume sweets more than once a month.

Rough times seem to be on the horizon and I want to train my mind as much as I can now so that I’m less likely to act unskilfully in the future. May we all do the same.

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