When you eat with awareness, you find that there is more space, more beauty. You begin to watch yourself, to see yourself, and you notice how clumsy you are or how accurate you are. You notice the way you pick up your fork and knife, and the way you put the food in your mouth. When you practice awareness, everything becomes majestic and good. You begin to see that you have been leading a different kind of life in the past. You had the essence of mindfulness already, but you hadn’t discovered it. So when you make an effort to eat mindfully…you find that life is worth much more than you had expected.
~ Chogyam Trungpa, from “Introduction to Practice,” in the 1979 Seminary Transcripts, pages 4 to 5. Copyright Diana J. Mukpo and used by permission.
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