Five thoughts to stop you from overeating

Stop overeating

I came across these five pre-meal contemplations created by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Reciting these before eating is a way to foster mindful eating. Try them on and see if any resonate with you.

The Five Contemplations

  1. This food is a gift from the whole universe: the earth, the sky, numerous living beings, and much hard, loving work.
  2. May I eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive it.
  3. May I recognize and transform mental constructs that are not serving me and learn to eat with moderation.
  4. May I keep compassion alive by eating in such a way that reduces the suffering of living beings, stops contributing to climate change, and heals and preserves our precious planet.
  5. I accept this food so that I may nurture my sisterhood and brotherhood, strengthen my community, and nourish my ideal of serving all living beings.

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