In this age of hating our bodies—trying to carve and starve them into conforming to some unattainable ideal—there is great healing in reading and sharing this beautiful ancient Hindu prayer at mealtime or any time. Read this Hindu blessing for our bodies, just as they are, here:
I recognize you are the temple
in which my spirit and creative energy dwell.
I have created you from my need
to have my spirit manifested on earth
so that I may have this time to learn and grow.
I offer you this food so that you may continue
to sustain my creative energy, my spirit, my soul.
I offer this food to you with love,
and a sincere desire for you to remain free
from disease and disharmony.
I accept you as my own creation.
I need you.
I love you.
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