Five Contemplations
from Thich Nhat Hanh

(read aloud by one person before beginning to eat)

This food is the gift of the universe – the Earth, the sky, and much hard work.

May we eat in mindfulness so as to be worthy to receive it.

May we transform our unskillful states of mind and learn to eat with moderation.

May we take only foods that nourish us and prevent illness.

We accept this food to realize the path of understanding and love.