“The practice of mindful consumption and mindful eating is the object of the Fifth Mindfulness Training. The Fifth Training is the way out of the difficult situation our world is in. When we practice the Fifth Training, we recognize exactly what to consume in order to keep our bodies, our minds, and the Earth healthy and not cause suffering for ourselves and for others. Mindful consumption is the way to heal ourselves and to heal the world.” –Thich Nhat Hanh
Excerpt from post: discoveringdharma.blog.com
Awareness and mindfulness is key – if you can begin to be aware of your habits in consuming, perhaps you will begin to understand yourself more, and look deeply at the reasons behind your behavior. If you can begin with awareness, change is possible, if you seek it. I challenge you to look into your habits of consumption, to look deeply at yourself so you can love and understand yourself better. Look into the ways you nourish yourself – you “are” what you “eat”, literally and figuratively – the kinds of sense nutriments we take in – food, drink, drugs, television, consumer goods, conversation – deeply affect how we are. Do you run away from yourself in the direction of consumption, or do you consume in order to nourish your body and mind so that you can live fully here and now? This is an important question I think we all need to ask ourselves.
After all, if we look deeply enough, if we are alive, we have all we need to be happy. Life itself is the ultimate gift. If we consume mindfully in order to preserve and enhance our experience of life, we will be much happier. If we consume to distract ourselves from our life, we may become very sad.
Breathe, you are alive! This is the ultimate blessing.