Before eating, we may take a moment to reflect on our food. In the five contemplations we vow to eat in a way that preserves our compassion and reduces the suffering of living beings. Someone without compassion can’t be happy, because they’re cut off from others and can’t relate to the world. We need to have compassion, too, for the Earth, our mother – Thich Nhat Hanh, Excerpt from « Love letter to Earth »
Lokah Samastah Sukhino BhavantuMay all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.