We Bring peace by becoming more aware of what we consume.
Thich Nhat Hanh, a buddhist monk writing in Calming the Fearful Mind, speaks of four nutriments that we consume:
1) Edible food,
2) Sensory food,
3) Our deepest desire and
The First Nutrient, Food:
Hanh says this: most of us were born with a healthy body, but we can destroy that body by consuming food unmindfully and eating foods that create illness.
"If we use drugs, drink alcohol, or smoke cigarettes, we are consuming poisons that destroy our body and mind…our body does not belong to us alone; it belongs to our ancestors, our family, and our children as well. Your body is the continuation of your ancestors. You have to take good care of it so you can transmit your best to your children and your grandchildren, your partner, and your community."
Hanh recommends no meat eating. I respectfully disagree with him on this point based on my research of Dr. Weston A. Price's work Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, I take his point that:
"We eat in such a way that we destroy the planet Earth."
But Sun Bear talked of vegetarians who came to his workshops in eastern Washington State. They were taken aback somewhat that he ate meat. Then he noticed how they ripped vegetables out of the ground without gratefulness and in a violent way. Sun Bear's point was that we eat mindfully and give thanks to the food for giving up its life so we may nourish ourselves and live. And that applied not just to animals, but to vegetables and fruits and to everything we eat.
"When we eat mindfully, we maintain our awareness of our interdependence with other beings and this awareness helps us maintain compassion in our heart. When we with compassion, happiness arises."
Your mission, should you decide to accept, is to pause before eating, focus on your food, give thanks with each mouthful, eat slower. You may choose to smile and say "I love you" to the food you are eating. In this way, we can become more aware and that awareness can help to release joy and happiness, which we can choose to share with others.
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