As we travel through the holiday season it is easy to get caught up in the all the festivities. The passage below is a Buddhist grace (The Gata) to be said before meals. It is one of my personal favorites because it allows us to be mindful of all beings that may not be as fortunate as ourselves during this time of year. Whether you chose to incorporate this into your holiday tradition or not, it is always good to take the time to practice gratitude, and dedicate the goodness of our deeds to those who are less fortunate. Let us share warm wishes of health, happiness, and love to all of those affected by the tragedies this year, and all beings around the world who are hungry or homeless, sick or injured, or suffering in any way.
The joys and pains of all beings are present in the gift of this food.
Let us receive it in love and gratitude,
And in mindfulness of our sisters and brothers, among living beings of every kind,
Who are hungry or homeless, sick or injured, or suffering in any way.