friday 19th april
1-2.30 pm Food Meditation – An experiment in eating quietly
Conducted by Ananda Anaam. Food cooked by Sangeeta
Advance booking essential (Anaam 88607 30450) Rs 500/-
Participation limited to 18 persons.
The Attic continues its silent food meditation programme with the following simple vegetarian menu cooked by Sangeeta.
2. Brown rice pilaf
3. Mix vegetable raita
4. Millets bread (finger millets/amaranth)
5. Green chatni (pudina, dhania, amla)
According to ancient Indian traditions it is not only what you eat but how you eat. Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese Zen master says that one should eat slowly, meditatively and with full concentration. He gives the example of an apple
“When you eat the apple, just concentrate on eating the apple. Don’t think of anything else. And most important, be still. Don’t eat the apple while you are driving. Don’t eat it while you are walking. Don’t eat it while you are reading. Just be still. Being focused and slowing down will allow you to truly savor all the qualities the apple offers: its sweetness, aroma, freshness, juiciness, and crispness.” (bring your own apples)
Brown rice is a highly nutritious grain. It is good for the heart, aids digestion and may reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes and high cholesterol. Removing the husk and polishing the rice removes most of the nutrients from the rice and gives you the unhealthy white rice that is eaten as a staple all over the world.
Participants will sit on the floor, traditional Indian style and will observe silence while eating. For those who wish to participate in a discussion they can do so after the meal.