A Morning Prayer for Food & Food Workers
My life took a subtle turn when I started blessing my food in the mornings. It had to do with the way I worded it and with what I pictured while saying the prayer. The shift lifted my life and helped me feel more like a constructive part of the world.
This shift didn't happen overnight. I had to change habits of thinking, but after a few years a new friend told me I was one of the most calm, self-assured women she knew. This article will show you how it works, in case you'd like to use this or write a prayer of your own.
Where the Breakfast Blessing Came From
I created the blessing from a deep place inside of me. After extensive observations of how the world is working—what works and what doesn't, and for whom—I went into meditation one day, asking for the best way to show gratitude for the worker side of the world. Then I wrote down what came to me and later refined it.
Now I find that when I'm feeling down, this blessing reminds me that I am not alone. There's a whole world out there working to support my life. I have food to eat, because thousands of people I don't know are providing it for me.
It reminds me that nutritious food and a positive attitude are the main things anyone really needs for good health. The prayer keeps me in a place of gratitude for the support of the food chain (so to speak).
This prayer is a quiet, daily meditation that helps me stay focused on my purpose in the world, even when conflicts in our government or society try to grab my attention away. It helps me to calm down and feel good.
Why Blessing Food is Important
Energetically speaking, whether they realize it or not, food providers insert their energy into the food they handle. Sometimes it's negative energy, which then negatively impacts the food. A prayer like this transforms negative energy into beneficence. Since our own energy can also be negative, the blessing transforms it too, and sends our gratitude to the food providers to warm their lives.
Each line of this blessing is important. Each one has deep meaning associated with it, which I will share with you. Altogether it creates a connection to the larger panorama of life, especially around the provision of food.
The Posture for Blessing Food
There's a posture that goes along with blessing food in this way—that transfers healing energy from the hands to the food. Here is the process I use:
Sitting in my little breakfast nook, I rub my hands together to energize and make them warm. I hold them over the food on my plate or bowl, close my eyes, and imagine myself transferring good vibes to the food, enhancing its health. I inhale the good smells, as I breathe deeply to center myself.
Turning my attention to those who provide the food, from its first planting to my table, I begin to pray:
May all those who brought this food to me be blessed.
May you have the health, strength, nourishment, vitality, and joy
that eating this food brings me.
May all the love you put into your work
be returned to you a hundredfold.
May we see each other as part of a giant team
that's helping Mother Earth and all her inhabitants to thrive.
Thank you, Food, for joining my body.
May we, together, also thrive.
And so it is (amen).
Line 1—The Blessing of the People
"May all those who brought this food to me be blessed."
There are hundreds people involved in getting food to each of us every day. As we've become aware with the immigration and COVID-19 crises, many of these people are unacknowledged and unappreciated. But they should be. They're putting in good work for our benefit. In most cases we couldn't even live without them.
Here are some of the people involved in the food chain. When I pray that first line, I imagine them in my mind. Sometimes I pause to strengthen the images, because this is a prayer of gratitude that is going to them:
- The owners of farms and those who work them
- Migrant and family pluckers and pickers
- Workers who wash, dry, cure, and wrap the food
- Food truckers and other transporters
- Store workers who stock and sell the food
- Whoever bought, cooked, and served it
If you eat meat for breakfast, you'll want to include those who tend animals, along with those who kill, skin, cut, and package them.
Line 2—Blessings to Offer and Why
"May you have the health, strength, nourishment, vitality, and joy that eating this food brings me."
I want others to be healthy like I am, so I bless others with all the good qualities that eating food brings to me:
- Health—Being healthy means my body can fend off disease, so I don't need medications or doctor visits. It saves a lot of money on medical bills.
- Strength—Muscles are important for strength, but I wouldn't have them without eating good food. It's the food that allows me to use my muscles.
- Nourishment—Nourishment means that the food I eat actually works to feed my body—not like hamburgers, white bread, candy, or colas that don't have any nourishment. I spend extra to buy organic food and shop at farmers markets.
- Vitality—This is the energy that sparks action. I offer vitality to those who bring me food, so they have plenty of energy to accomplish their tasks and goals.
- Joy—I love eating good food. I wish for others to have this same joy in their own food and lives. Joy is one of the keys to living a long-lasting, healthy life.
When everyone has what I have, there is no need for anyone to compete and no worries about being caught up in greed. Because it feels so much better to live in harmony with people, I wish for everyone to have what I have, especially good health and happiness.
This prayer helps to create a wholesome, worldwide team of healthy people who care about each other's lives.
How often do you bless your food?
Line 3—How Love Affects Food
"May all the love you put into your work be returned to you a hundredfold."
Some workers don't like their jobs, and so they grouse all day while they're working. But at some point, most workers have a bit of fun—whether joking with coworkers or slipping into "the zone" with repetitive work. When people laugh, there's usually love there. And that love, even if it's a little bit, goes directly into the food they're working with.
Food is alive. It absorbs energy, then transmits it to those who eat it. Love thereby uplifts the quality of food that's been blessed and transforms it. This is why both Buddhist and Hindu practice includes adding food to the household altar to be blessed.
However much (or little) love a worker puts into their work, whether deliberate or not, will be multiplied and returned by the universe. The Bible and other spiritual texts promise that.
Workers who pour love into their work will get a lot back. Those who put in just a little will get a little back, multiplied by as much as they can handle. With this blessing I help add love to the lives of those who supply me.
The person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the person who sows generously will also reap generously.
-2 Corinthians 9:6
Line 4—Food Teamwork & Beneficiaries
"May we see each other as part of a giant team that's helping Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants to thrive."
Seeing myself as part of a giant team eases the pressure to do and be all things to all people. It reminds me that others have skills I do not, and that I can call on them if I need them—not just those in my food chain, but anybody who's part of any team I'm on—because we're all part of a giant team of some sort that's helping somebody in some way.
We, as humans, are not also alone in this world. There are billions of other lifeforms, both those we can see and those we cannot. Every one of them was created for a reason or, to put it another way, every single life form evolved to fill a niche. For that reason, all of us need to survive or life goes out of balance. I aim to be part of a team that's helping all of life to thrive.
Line 5—What Happens When Food Joins the Body
"Thank you, Food, for joining my body."
When I eat food that is grown locally, it helps me to harmonize with the place in which I live, and with the people who live here. I've also lived other places that ship food to the U.S.—like Grenada and New Zealand—so my energy and body have adjusted to and benefitted from the types of foods grown and served there. But when I eat food from Chile, never having lived there, it brings Chilean energy with it that causes subtle disharmony in my body.
For this reason, also, I bless whatever food I eat as it joins my body, so that it can blend well with my energy and be helpful, not harmful. And I eat food grown locally as often as possible.
Food is also affected by the distance it has to travel. If a far distance, it needs to be picked early—before it's quite ready—so it won't spoil in transit. That means it doesn't taste as good, nor is it as healthy as food that was picked ripe. Look how far Chile is from California, yet much of California's off season fruit comes from there.
Line 6—Blessing of Self
"May we, together, also thrive."
It's very important to remember that we are as deserving of blessing as anyone else is, and that includes the blessings of health and joy.
Although there may be others who want me to thrive, and may even be praying for me, if I'm to let it in I need to have an open door to receiving. Blessing myself, in this prayer and this regard, opens that door. Eating with others I care about also opens that door.
Line 7—Making It So
"And so it is."
This prayer keeps me focused on several things that I, in particular, want to remember:
- My purpose on this earth is to thrive and to help others thrive.
- I am not alone. Everything I do is helped by others.
- The love and blessings I give out come back.
- Everyone and everything deserves to thrive, including you, including me, including every other aspect of life.
This is a lot to pour into one blessing, but the peace it offers affects my whole day, day after day, which is what I want. In declaring it so—in making the assumption that it is so and then noticing its truth, I make it happen.
Try this blessing for yourself every morning—or write a similar one of your own—and see how it improves your life. Let me know how it turns out for you in the comments below.