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Grace, Giving Thanks
by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt


Excerpt from: Cooking for the Love of the World: Awakening Our Spirituality through Cooking

When two or more are gathered together in unison around a meal something special is allowed to happen. This special mood and feeling could be described as being bestowed by grace. The word grace comes from the Latin grazia, which means ‘the divine gift of radiance, which brings joy to the heart’.

At the table, before I begin to eat, I settle myself and move into the region of my heart. Centering Art by Shakaya Leonein the realm of the heart has a quality of reverence. I enter into this space between the physical world and the invisible world of spiritual forces. It is possible to simultaneously be fully present in both realms. I feel it in a very bodily way as a subtle and gentle force of beauty, light and warmth. In this region of the heart, the boundaries of the body expand, my perception opens, and both worlds emerge vividly and intensely. Here in this living space I feel ‘the divine gift of radiance which brings joy to the heart.’

I may say a prayer or express my gratitude for life, my family and friends and all the forces, beings and people that helped getting this meal to me either silently while in the realm of the heart or out loud.

When I am with children I sing a joyous song or say a seasonal verse. I contemplate silently how the nourishing rain, the warmth belonging to the sun, the worms, the farmers and the loving hands of the people who cooked the meal all contributed to the creation of the food I have in front of me.

Appreciation streams through my being in preparation of receiving the ‘sacrifice’ all foods make whether of vegetable or animal origin. The wheat kernels have given their lives to the flourmill and become bread as nourishment for me. As I eat the bread the grains ‘resurrect’ in me and become part of the processes that are creating a human being in order for me to fulfill my tasks and meet my destiny in life. I sense the responsibilities that clearly follow.

There is much to be thankful for every day at every meal, here together!


Find a quiet space within yourself and connect with gratitude in a way that is real for you. Ask yourself:
What foods do or don’t support my healthy functioning body, clear mind, stable emotional life and stamina?”
What foods do or don’t support a healthy local and global economy and ecology?”

Learn more with Anne-Marie at the Wise Woman University.

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