Friday, January 20, 2012

Words as Nourishment: The Importance of Saying "Thank You"

Food nourishes us on both a physical level and a spiritual level. Expressing our gratitude for the food we eat provides us with sustenance on many levels. It is a spiritual exercise to show our appreciation for the nourishment which we are about to receive. Showing appreciation is nourishment for ourselves and others. Giving thanks allows us to connect with the food on a spiritual level because it puts our intentions out into the world, strengthening our connection to both our own selves and to things on a larger level.

Saying thank you helps you to be mindful of who you are and what you have within the greater context of things. If you are a parent, I urge you to practice the expression of gratitude with your children so that they will develop a sense of appreciation for the blessings that life has offered them.

Expressing gratitude gives us a chance to slow down and calm our minds before a meal, preparing our bodies to receive nourishment. When you are calm, you will feel more satisfied after your meal and your digestion will be better.

Here’s a thank you to all the farmers, the distributors, the stores and the cook who prepares the meal. And a very special thank you to those who do the clean-up!

Isaiah gives thanks.
Isaiah is the son of Nora and Joseph Waxman. Isaiah was born and raised on grains and vegetables, no meat and no dairy! He is our first Grandson and has the face of an angel.

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