The Rev. Charles LaFond, potter and former monk
As a potter in Webster, I made bowls that people use as an invitation to a simpler life. When eating a meal from a simple bowl, you are mindful of the taste, smell, heat. You reflect on other ways to simplify your life.
As a monk, I found that that people today are tormented to maintain a standard of living which exhausts them. They are often unhappy as they are over-stimulated, over-caffeinated, and over-scheduled. At the same time they are under-laughed, under-rested and under-silenced.
Simplicity of food is essential to simple living. When we eat fast food our bodies pay a high price. When we eat quickly we gain weight. Mindful eating means that we think about flavors and colors rather than shoveling down a meal between events or in front of a TV.
Mindful eating considers the truth that this planet could feed 8 billion people, and yet 1 billion do not eat enough to be healthy. Eating out of a simple bowl of any kind is a way to remind us that our food choices have an effect on the world. If Lent means anything it means that we consider our lives, how we live them and how we bless or hurt others so we can make changes.