As you sit down to eat, realize that there are people who are going hungry.
This isn’t a plea to give to the poor, although that is a commendable thing to do. No, my plea is for you to stop for a moment and be thankful for the food on your table.
Studies in positive psychology have shown that an attitude of gratitude has a positive impact on our lives and moods.
But I don’t believe in God, so praying to God is not an option. But how about thanking the beings that actually did grow and bring this food to my table.
Here is our family’s mealtime affirmation:
We give thanks to all beings who have brought this food to our table, and vow to respond in turn to those in need with wisdom and compassion. Let us eat mindfully.