Pancakes at Wollomombi Gorge one freezing morning

Diane sent this link: Mindful Eating.

We have almost always stressed points 2, 3 and 8, going at times, to the extreme of taking the phone off the hook in order to continue a book reading, or discussion.

Although these thoughts (enjoy your food and each other, and make the most of meals) almost go without saying, there are times in one’s life when it is more of a struggle to remember them; racing out the door to school, feeding a tableful of little ones, attending to urgent morning tasks, and as I’m finding now…having few people at the table. Most meals here during the week consist of just two of us. How easy it could be to race through and get back to the next task, or be tempted to just throw an egg on toast.

While I don’t go too much on counting the chews I chew, the points mentioned in “and the benefits?” should be stressed.  Can I suggest a further benefit – of being encouraged, and being encouraging, in the Spirit, by either the conversation with fellow meal-takers, or (if eating alone) by talking to our heavenly Father and thinking on these things.

My last suggestion: get creative. And not just about the food. Add a flower from the garden and a candle (an idea stressed by Edith Schaeffer) even if you are eating by yourself! And find interesting places to eat…try the free bbqs at the park, the sunroom or living room floor, a picnic in the backyard (thinking James Herriot!).