Sunday Dinner: Consumption

June 3, 2016 Jamestown 024~

“Mindful consumption is the object of this precept.

We are what we consume.

If we look deeply into the items

that we consume every day,

we will come to know our own nature very well.

We have to eat, drink, consume,

but if we do it unmindfully, we may destroy

our bodies and our consciousness,

showing ingratitude toward our ancestors,

our parents, and future generations.”


Thich Nhat Hanh


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“I vow to ingest only items that preserve well-being,

peace, and joy in my body and my consciousness…

Practicing a diet is the essence of this precept.

Wars and bombs are the products of our consciousness

individually and collectively. Our collective consciousness

has so much violence, fear, craving, and hatred in it,

it can manifest in wars and bombs.

The bombs are the product of our fear…

Removing the bombs is not enough.

Even if we could transport all the bombs

to a distant planet, we would still not be safe,

because the roots of the wars and the bombs

are still intact in our collective consciousness.

Transforming the toxins in our collective consciousness

is the true way to uproot war .”


Thich Nhat Hanh


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“We convince ourselves that even our shameless waste,

our unchecked consumption and our appalling ignorance

of anyplace in the world except our own little corner

must continue–or they win!

No, when you become smarter and less gluttonous,

you win. We all win!”


Bill Maher


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Photos by Woodland Gnome 2016


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“Drink your tea slowly and reverently,

as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves –

slowly, evenly,

without rushing toward the future.”


Thich Nhat Hanh


June 3, 2016 Jamestown 034~

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2 responses to “Sunday Dinner: Consumption

  1. Lovely photography and inspirational quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh. His thoughts have deeply impacted my daughter’s outlook on life, and provide comfort during difficult life circumstances. Thank you for this thoughtful piece.

    • Thank you, Jane, for visiting today and for sharing this. Contemplating his words can lead us to whole new levels of understanding ourselves and others- and yes, they offer great comfort. They help us gather up the pieces of our circumstances and begin again, change direction as needed, and find peace in our daily life. We found so many herons Friday afternoon along the Parkway. There were even more than we photographed, and we are delighted to find so many nesting here along the creeks and marshes. The park is alive with birds this spring 😉

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