Eating with Reverence

Many families around the world begin their meals by saying their own version of grace at the dinner table.When we take the time to prepare a meal that satisfies all of the senses and slow down to experience it, we are engaging in an ancient ritual of thankfulness and reverence. Reverence is to act with ‘veneration’ or deepest respect.

Dr. Masaru Emoto has opened up the world of gratitude and love in his water crystal experiments. Water is in great abundance in our food and in our bodies and it makes sense that we need to think positive thoughts about our food as we eat it. In this way we can make the most of our food and the experience of eating it. Perhaps we can even improve the nutritional absorption.

"From Mr. Emoto’s work we are provided with factual evidence, that human vibrational energy, thoughts, words, ideas and music, affect the molecular structure of water, the very same water that comprises over seventy percent of a mature human body and covers the same amount of our planet.”

Saying a simple thank you, as in a blessing before your meal, will set the intent of this gratitude and respect for your food. If you’ve taken the time to prepare a meal that is healthy and satisfies the needs of your body, then it will be easy to truly feel it. It doesn’t have to be religious unless you want it to be. A simple thank you to the life (vegetable or animal) that contributed to your meal is enough.

Setting the table and surrounding your meal with a beautiful environment is a way to show respect for the food that we are eating. Using a tablecloth, place mats, nice glasses and cloth napkins will make every meal a celebration! Set the table with flowers & candles and put on some slow and relaxing music.

When preparing your meals, try to think about how to appeal to all your senses through textures, colours, smells, tastes and sounds. Using your senses as a tool to become more ‘mindful’ will help you to notice and appreciate your food as never before. During food preparation think about the loved ones or guests with whom you will be sharing the meal .
Mindfully preparing and eating meals is a practice that is taught to those with eating disorders. It helps to become more aware of the habits we have and our emotional connections with our food. Zen monks practice Shojin Cooking to help their spiritual journey. It includes preparing food in a mindful way as well as mindfulness in every step of the process from earth to table. "If a woman could see the sparks of light going forth from her fingertips when she is cooking, and the substance of light that goes into the food she handles, she would be amazed to see how much of herself she charges into the meals that she prepares for her family and friends….”
Maha Chohan, Electrons

Being aware of the textures, colours, shapes, smells, tastes and sounds with each mouthful will help you get the most from your food experience. Use your five senses to appreciate and notice things you never did before.

By eating with respect for the food we are nourishing our bodies with and preparing and eating in an atmosphere that supports this, we can increase the absorption of the nutrients in our food and enhance the support and enjoyment that it gives us. Eat with Reverence.