Monday, March 11, 2013

Contemplative Monday


The following quote is taken from this week's Heart Advice, Weekly Quotes from Pema Chodron.

THREE-BITE PRACTICE


"You can do this any time you eat a meal.


Before taking the first bite, just pause and think of those men and women of wisdom


and mentally offer them your food.


In this way you connect with the virtue of devotion.


Before taking the second bite,
 pause and offer your food to all those who've been kind to you.


This nurtures the virtues of gratitude and appreciation.


The third bite is offered to those who are suffering:


all the people and animals who are starving,


or being tortured or neglected, without comfort or friends.


Think, too, of all those who suffer from aggression, craving, and indifference.


This simple gesture awakens the virtue of compassion.


In this way, by relying on our teachers, our benefactors, and those in need....


we gather the virtues of devotion, gratitude and kindness.




18 comments:

  1. Good food for thought...or...er...thought for food? In any case, have a good Monday, Jim, and a great week ahead!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL! Mindful eating....good for digestion too!
      A good week to you too Martha!

      Delete
  2. I love the photos the are food for the mind but enjoy the real meal if you can.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Both would work for me! Good to see you here. Have a wonderful week.

      Delete
  3. Food for the soul and beautiful shots too!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, chef Pema has can whip up great food in her 'kitchen'! Have agreat week Fiona.

      Delete
  4. Hello Jim,
    What a wonderful and beautiful concept, thank you, I will try this. The pictures are also beautiful with the third one being... heavenly!
    Ivan

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is isn't it Ivan. This is what always 'drew' me to Pema's teachings, very doable.
      Thanks so much, that evening was very dramatic down at the beach.

      Delete
  5. love your sky photos, especially since I am getting inspiration for my next hand dye piece-thanks

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am here for you Kathy!! lol
      Nice that these colours have inspired your next 'work of art'!!
      A great week ahead for you!

      Delete
  6. Lovely, both thoughts and pictures. The peace here is healthy.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Glad it may have given you some peace. Thanks for stopping by, must be spring in your area, yes?

      Delete
  7. I think Pema Chodron needs to have you illustrate her next book. You do such a great job of bringing to life what she is trying to say.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Interesting prospect indeed, Stew. I believe Pema's words are self-illustrated, if that is a word. Thanks, I'm glad they do help us get 'into the zone' here.

      Delete
  8. Oh, what a great idea from Stew! I second the motion.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Do we have a quorum?! lol
      Happy you like the photos Terry. Sometimes it is quite a challenge to find appropriate ones to 'fit' the lesson.

      Delete

Hey, I really like your comments and appreciate the time you took to do so.

Related Posts with Thumbnails