Eating Gatha

In this food,
I see clearly
the entire universe
supporting my existence.

Another eating Gatha

  • This food is a gift of the entire universe – the earth, the sky and much hard work.
  • May we eat in mindfulness so as to be worthy to receive this food.

The Five Contemplations

  • This food is a gift of the entire universe – the earth, the sky and much hard work.
  • May we eat in mindfulness so as to be worthy to receive this food.
  • May we transform our unskillful states of mind and eat with moderation.
  • May we take only those foods that nourish us and prevent illness.
  • May we accept this food to realize the path of understanding and love.

Looking at your plate after eating

My plate is empty. My hunger is satisfied. May my life benefit all beings.

Gatha for Well Wishing

May all suffering ones be suffering free,
And the fear-struck, fearless be.
May the grieving shed all grief,
And the sick find health-relief.

 

Gāthā is Sanskrit for “song” or “verse” and is derived from the root word gai meaning to sing, speak or recite. Gathas come to us from several traditions including Jain, Buddhist and Zoroastrian.

Gathas in contemporary mindfulness practice are short sayings or verses – usually recited silently – that help focus our minds on the here and now. These short sayings draw our attention to the beauty and wonder of ordinary, day-to-day experiences and activities.

A Gatha is a fresh flower, a solid mountain, a child’s smile, the rising sun, a ringing bell, a bowl of berries, reflections in a tumbling stream.

Breathe in while reciting the first line; breathe out with the second line.

Present moment.
Wonderful moment.

from https://mtadamszen.org/gathas/