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Lions Roar : July 2017
the klesha (conflicting emotion) raga (attachment), we become attached to the belief that the more we eat, the fuller our bellies and hearts will feel, and the hap- pier we will be. But the more we have, the more we want, and often, an addictive cycle is launched. How many times have we eaten something that doesn’t taste good, but we somehow can’t stop ourselves? Eat- ing food cooked or served in rancor can literally taste bitter, fill us up too quickly, make us ill, and leave a foul aftertaste. The result is the klesha dvesha (repulsion)—a turning away from the table—and a hunger that forever afflicts body and spirit. If you are presented with food grown, prepared, and/or served in anything less than a tranquil manner, take the time to acknowledge this and to recognize it before you eat it. Be mindful of the sustenance that it provides, and compassionate towards the hands that prepared it. Feel it fill your belly, and make peace with it. Prepare the Simplest of Meals as a Meditation Often, the simplest, most elemental dishes and cooking practices can serve in slow- ing down and anchoring us, and provide a reconnection to the kitchen as a place of nourishment. As Dana Velden, Zen priest and author of Finding Yourself in the Kitchen, suggests, “When we cook, we are expressing ourselves completely, for we always cook within the context of our lives.” Butter your bread, boil your water, slice your cheese. Pay attention while you do it. Slow Down, Eat Less, Taste More The slower and more mindfully we eat, the less apt we are to overeat and treat the food on our plate as fuel. When we eat slowly, our bodies recognize food as a source of goodness, and will let us know when we have had enough. We just have to listen. ♦ Grow Something, and Start Small Grow something is a way to reconnect food to the act of sustaining not only your body, but the earth. Plant a small garden; grow a pot of basil on your windowsill and snip fresh herbs for every meal you make. Growing food reconnects us with the earth itself as a living, sentient being. Eat Humanely Grown Food Buy the food you cook from sources that produce, raise, and harvest it humanely and compassionately, with an eye to the welfare of the growers, the animals, and the earth. Whenever possible, cook and eat food that is not heavily processed, that retains its inherent nutrients and flavor, and that hasn’t traveled far from its birthplace or growing region. Pay Attention to the Linked Kleshas of Attachment and Repulsion We gorge in an attempt to replace enmity with desire, satisfaction, and satiety. In SOUNDSTRUE.COM For anyone who loves dogs—and who has learned and grown through this special relationship—this collection of essays offers humor, solace, inspiration, and insight into the life lessons our dogs make available to us. Includes contributions from Eckhart Tolle, Lama Surya Das, Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, Joan Halifax, Andrew Holecek, Diane Musho Hamilton, Chris Grosso, and 20 other Buddhist writers and spiritual teachers. ON SALE JULY 1, 2017 PREORDER AT BOOKSELLERS EVERYWHERE PAPERBACK • US $17.95 DHARMA THE OF DOGS our best friends as spiritual teachers TAMI SIMON EDITED BY WE SPEND COUNTLESS HOURS TRAINING OUR DOGS, BUT HOW OFTEN DO WE CONSIDER WHAT THEY HAVE TO TEACH US? LION’S ROAR | JULY 2017 20 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE