The practice of blessing your food
Living a life full of abundance starts with recognising the daily happenings that are actually major gifts. Having food to eat and being able to choose what you put into your mouth and nourish your body with is a major blessing. Everyday, multiple times no less, so many of us are able to cook up meals and sit down to a plate of food that helps to keep us alive, happy and healthy.
How would your relationship to food be different if you recognised each meal as a gift?
I started singing before every meal while I was in India. Before this, I was usually but not consistently saying a prayer of thanks before dinner. Since returning from India though, I’ve kept up the practice of singing a prayer before every meal. Before breakfast, lunch and dinner, we close our eyes, fold our hands at heart centre and sing a Sanskrit chant recognising the blessing that is food.
It feels so good to pause before eating. The act of singing or saying a prayer brings comfort to the body and mind, sends positive vibrations out into the space and makes meal time a special, ceremonial occasion.
Ideas for prayers
You can sing in English, Sanskrit or any other language for that matter. You can speak instead of sing, say a few positive words - the choice is for you to make. You can be creative each time or create a specific prayer that you say before very meal. The important thing is to pause before scoffing, and recognise just how blessed your life is.
Happy eating and may the power of gratitude help you to see all of the abundance in your life.
Read on to see video and get lyrics for a special mantra.
Here’s a sweet little page I made for you to download with a few questions to ponder so that you can create your own little prayer. Click and keep.
Brahmarpanam Brahma Havir
Brahmaiva Tena Ghantavyam
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
This mantra is from the fourth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. Baically the mantra means that supreme consciousness / divinity will be attained by those who see the supreme consciousness in everything.
The act of offering is Brahman.
The offering itself is Brahman.
The offering is done by Brahman in the sacred fire which is Brahman.
He alone attains Brahman who, in all actions, is fully absorbed in Brahman.