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Reflections on feeding people & being fed: theme from 2nd Kings

July 23, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

As we linger at the table, as we leave the table,
what will we do with what we receive? — Jan Richardson

Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life. — Rumi

Nourishing Yourself:
The Spiritual Practice of Mindful Eating

Before eating, the bell will be invited for three sounds and we can enjoy breathing in and out while practicing the five contemplations. — Excerpt from Plum Village, Thich Nhat Hahn

  1. This food is a gift of the earth, the sky, numerous living beings, and much hard and loving work.
  2. May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive this food.
  3. May we recognise and transform unwholesome mental formations, especially our greed and learn to eat with moderation
  4. May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that reduces the suffering of living beings, stops contributing to climate change, and heals and preserves our precious planet.
  5. We accept this food so that we may nurture our brotherhood and sisterhood, build our Sangha, and nourish our ideal of serving all living beings.

How to eat mindfully. — Thich Nhat Hahn & Dr Lilian Cheung

Feeding People & Being Fed

Every day, some 200 people would queue up in front of my shop, even though I had only 100 bags of bread to sell. Everything pales when compared to bread. If even the poorest families have bread they can roll it in oil and thyme and get through their days on it.  — Yusuf, baker in Idleb in Northern Syria

There are these people who keep taking you in and feeding you and loving you and making the world a tiny bit safer than it feels. — Anne Lamott

Those who work at a bakery don’t know the taste of bread like the hungry beggars do. — Rumi

The question of bread for myself is a material question, but the question of bread for my neighbor is a spiritual question. — Nikolai Berdyaev

Men might as well be imprisoned, as excluded from the means of earning their bread. — John Stuart Mill

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. — Thomas Jefferson

The Lord only knows how many times I let my children go hungry rather than take secretly the bread I liked not to ask for. — Sojourner Truth

Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. — Nelson Mandela

Where there’s no law, there’s no bread. – Benjamin Franklin

The bread that you store up belongs to the hungry; the coat that lies in your chest belongs to the naked; the gold that you have hidden in the ground belongs to the poor. – St. Basil

Therefore I feel that the aforementioned guiding principle must be modified to read: If you desire peace, cultivate justice, but at the same time cultivate the fields to produce more bread; otherwise there will be no peace. — Norman Borlaug

We have no right to luxuries while the poor want bread. — Thomas Day

If I survive, I will spend my whole life at the oven door seeing that no one is denied bread and, so as to give a lesson one is denied bread and, so as to give a lesson of charity, especially those who did not bring flour. – Jose Marti

Christ comes not in the form of those who feed the hungry but in the hungry being fed. … And to be clear, Christ does not come to us AS the poor and hungry. Because as anyone for whom the poor are not an abstraction but actual flesh and blood people knows … the poor and hungry … are not a romantic special class of Christ-like people. And those who meet their needs are not a romantic special class of Christ-like people. … No, Christ comes to us IN the needs of the poor and hungry, needs that are met by another so that the gleaming redemption of God might be known. And we are all the needy and the ones who meet needs. Placing ourselves or anyone else in only one category or another is to tell ourselves the wrong story entirely. — Nadia Bolz-Weber

On Bread & Life

Oh, God, turn me into a well-baked loaf. — Rumi

Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread. – Richard Wright

Dough is always either being mixed or kneaded, rising or baking, … smells like the first long week of creation: salt and water, the yeast of life, the earth at its most elemental, feathers, seed, fur, beginnings, decay. — Anne Lamott

The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. – Mother Teresa

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We light the oven so that everyone may bake bread in it. — Jose Marti

There is not a woman born who desires to eat the bread of dependence. — Susan B. Anthony

If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens. – Robert Browning

Slipping on my shoes, boiling water, toasting bread, buttering the sky: that should be enough contact with God in one day to make anyone crazy. — Hafiz

The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is any bread, but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry. — Simone Weil

In the Lord’s Prayer, the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach. — Woodrow Wilson

Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone; it has to be made, like bread, remade all the time, made new. — Ursula K. Le Guin

With bread all sorrows are less. Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes

Peace goes into the making of a poem as flour goes into the making of bread. – Pablo Neruda

Blues is to jazz what yeast is to bread. Without it, it’s flat. – Carmen McRae

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. — John Muir

Avoid those who don’t like bread and children. – Swiss Proverb

Rather a piece of bread with a happy heart than wealth with grief. – Egyptian Proverb


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