COSMIC EATING | THICK NHAT HANH

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HOW TO EAT | NOTES ON EATING | THICH NHAT HANH

|| A GRAIN OF RICE CONTAINS THE UNIVERSE | 19 ||

When we look at a grain of rice , one second of mindfulness and concentration allows us to see that this grain contains the whole world — the rain , the cloud , the Earth , time , space , farmers , everything .

Mindfulness and concentration bring insight , and suddenly we can see so much in a grain of rice .

It is very quick !

Wherever there is mindfulness and concentration , there is insight .

When you put that grain of rice into your mouth , you are putting the whole Universe in your mouth .

This is possible when you stop your thinking .

When you chew that grain of rice , just chew , so no thinking will cut you off from this wonderful reality .


HOW TO EAT | NOTES ON EATING | THICH NHAT HANH

|| EATING A STRING BEAN | 31 ||

Hold up a string bean and take a moment to see that it is a string bean with the whole world in it .

There are clouds , sunshine , the whole Earth , and the hard work of the gardener .

When we can see like that , we have wisdom .

When we have wisdom it means that we have mindfulness and concentration .

Do not chew your worries , your suffering or your projects .

That is not good for your health .

Just chew the string bean .


HOW TO EAT | NOTES ON EATING | THICH NHAT HANH

|| EACH SPOONFUL CONTAINS THE UNIVERSE | 08 ||

Pay attention to each spoonful of food .

As you bring it up to your mouth , use your mindfulness to be aware that this food is the gift of the whole Universe .

The Earth and the sky have collaborated to bring this spoonful of food to you .

While breathing in and out , you only need a second or two to recognize this .

We eat in such a way that every morsel of food , every moment of eating has mindfulness in it .

It takes only a few seconds to see that the food we are holding in our spoon is the gift of the whole Cosmos .

While we chew , we maintain that awareness .

When we chew , we know that the whole Universe is there in that bite of food .

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