Contemplations before eating:
♥This food is a gift of the earth, the sky, numerous living beings, and much hard and loving work.
♥May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive this food.
♥May we recognize and transform unwholesome mental formations, especially our greed and learn to eat with moderation.
♥May we keep our 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.
♥We accept this food so that we may nurture our brotherhood and sisterhood, build our Sangha, and nourish our ideal of serving all living beings. ~Thich Nhat Hanh