Saying Grace at Mealtime. In our family, as in millions of others, we typically held hands and took turns saying a short blessing before dinner. Starting a meal with gratitude is a time-honored way to pause in our busy days, take a deep breath, notice the food and give thanks to God who created it, the farmers who grew it, and the cook who prepared it. When our minds fill with gratitude our body responds with a relaxation response, worries begin to melt, and our digestive system is ready to receive food. Even if you are alone, a small pause, deep breath, and a short “Thank you,” can take any eating experience, no matter how informal, into the realm of the holy.
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