I have been learning about the power of intention and about taking care of yourself. I heard from a few different sources the power of eating with intention, and so I tried to give it a go. I put down my cell phone and took a break from my computer to eat in silence, by myself, and really dwell on the nourishment I was providing myself with. I thanked the food for its nutrients, and I thought about all the people who had a hand in making it. I thanked the animals and plants and universe for producing the energy that I was fueling my body with. I heard once that if you cannot eat food that was prepared or raised humanely, you should apologize to that soul and ask its forgiveness for the pain it was caused, then appreciate it for the energy it is passing onto you. That resonated with me, and so I always try to remember to do this.
I found myself pausing just before my meals, after my plate was full and I was on the brink of diving in, to take a moment to thank all of those souls and acknowledge and appreciate their presence in my life now. Even more coincidentally, I found myself pressing my palms together in prayer pose, balancing my hands perpendicular to my arms in a posture of ease, strength, and humility. I decided that I needed a short mantra to say just before diving in, and so I came up with this one after much meditation and revision...Read More