Giving thanks for food before you eat is a tradition that has been followed for thousands of years. With the fast pace of life in the 21st century, taking the time to give thanks for a meal has more often than not been left behind. But using this simple act of eating and drinking as an opportunity to be grateful will increase the magic in your life exponentially! If you think about a time when you were really hungry, you will remember that you could not think or function normally, your body felt weak, you might have started to tremble. All of this can happen after not eating for just a few hours! You need food to live, to think, and to feel good, and so there is a GREAT deal to be grateful for about food.
To feel even more gratitude for food, take a moment and think about all the people who contributed to you having food to eat. For you to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, the growers had to plant and nurture the fruit and vegetables with continuous watering, protecting them over many months until they were ready for harvesting.
Food is a gift! It’s a gift of nature, because there would be nothing for any of us to eat if nature didn’t supply us with the soil, nutrients, and water to grow food. Without water, there would be no food, no vegetation, no animals, no human life.
“If there is magic on this planet it is contained in water.”—Loren Eiseley
TODAY before you eat or drink anything, whether you’re about to eat a meal, a piece of fruit, or a snack, or have a drink of anything, including water, take a moment to look at what you’re about to eat or drink, and in your mind or out loud say the magic words, THANK YOU! And if you can, just take one mouthful really savoring it; it’ll increase your enjoyment and gratitude.
You could even wave your fingers over your food as you say thank you, as if you’re waving magical dust on your food. Imagine the dust instantly purifying everything it touches.
If any time during the day you forget to say the magic words, thank you, before you eat or drink, as SOOON as you remember, close your eyes, go back in your mind to the time when you forgot, visualize yourself in your mind for a second or two before you ate/drank, and say the magic words. If you forget to say thank you multiples throughout the day for your food and drinks, repeat this practice tomorrow. You can’t afford to miss a single day in building your gratitude—your dreams depend upon it.