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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Fifth Mindfulness Training

Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I am committed to cultivating good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by practicing mindful eating, drinking, and consuming. I will ingest only items that preserve peace, well-being, and joy in my body, in my consciousness, and in the collective body and consciousness of my family and society. I am determined not to use alcohol or any other intoxicant or to ingest foods or other items that contain toxins, such as certain TV programs, magazines, books, films, and conversations.

I am aware that to damage my body or my consciousness with these poisons is to betray my ancestors, my parents, my society and future generations. I will work to transform violence, fear, anger, and confusion in myself and in society by practicing a diet for myself and society. I understand that a proper diet is crucial for self-transformation and for the transformation of society.

Article excerpt by: Ian Prattis. Ian  is a Dharmacharya in the Engaged Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.He gives talks and retreats in Europe, India, North and South America and is the author of “The Essential Spiral: Ecology and Consciousness After 9/11.” Ian is the resident teacher at Pine Gate Sangha in the west end of Ottawa.


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