I often include food blessings, words of gratitude, when I post up a recipe. I am grateful beyond the words used.
Maybe I feel things differently because I have had entire months of my life when I was too ill to eat food, to chew food, to lift up a fork, to cut my food, to swallow food, let alone actually stand up in the kitchen to prepare food to feed myself or my family.
Maybe I see things differently because of my education and love for biology, the environment, food and nutrition, having a glimpse of understanding of the connectedness of all these parts of our world, and the necessity of keeping those parts in balance for full functioning.
Maybe I appreciate the hands and hearts of all who have helped bring me the food that nourishes my body and soul because I understand the work and love required to grow good food.
So even without posting a recipe today (one is in the draft box, just waiting for me to download photos), I will leave you with two of my favorite food blessings that capture my thoughts expressed above and expand upon my thoughts in yesterday's post about 'drudgery in the kitchen'. Most likely I have already used them in a past blog post somewhere during the past several years, but I have enjoyed re-reading them this morning (indeed, savoring the words and images) and hope you will also.
As our bodies are sustained with this food
May our hearts be nourished
With true friendship
And our souls fed with the truth.
From the book A Grateful Heart
The food which we are about to eat
Is Earth, Water, and Sun, compounded
Through the alchemy of many plants.
Therefore Earth, Water, and Sun will
become part of us.
This food is also the fruit of the labor of
many beings and creatures.
We are grateful for it.
May it give us strength, health, joy.
And may it increase our love.
~~ Unitarian Grace
Agree or disagree, I hope I have given my readers some 'food for thought'.
Cultivate your life - you are what you grow, inch by inch, row by row,
Diana Dyer, MS, RD