Graces, Prayers, Blessings on the Meal

I’ve been recently thinking about how closely tied almost every culture is to both gratitude and peacefulness through food. This takes places through the practice of taking a pause before eating, whether to speak a grace or blessing aloud, or to quietly reflect and give thanks.

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Eating Your Way to Happiness in the Philippines

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17471626
By Kate McGeown
BBC News, Manila

Can the food in these dishes make people feel happy?

Nestled at the back of a small courtyard in the north of Manila, there is a little restaurant with an unusual name and an even more unusual concept.

It is called Van Gogh is Bipolar, in homage to the Dutch painter who is believed to have had a life-long battle with mental illness, much like the restaurant’s owner, Jetro Rafael.

Mr Rafael believes that certain foods can make you happy, and everything on the menu has been created with this in mind.

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We Knead Love

I believe to love and be loved is our most fundamental need and our highest calling in life.

Sustained love requires commitment and devotion.  Similar to the act of kneading dough, love takes effort.  At times kneading (and needing) can be frustrating.  Both dough and love can be gooey and messy.  Anyone who has ever worked with dough knows it can stick all over your fingers and to the surface on which you work.  Just as in kneading dough, love is not for the faint-hearted.  Love tests our inner strength and our emotional endurance.  Love asks for our unwavering commitment and devotion.

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Food Security and Climate Change Course

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Agency offers some really interesting looking free courses on food security, including one new one on Climate Change:

Climate Change and Food Security – New E-learning Course from FAO

This free course helps us understand how climate change is affecting agriculture and our food security – and what can be done.

A Tale of Two Peace Meal Projects

Guest Blog by Elizabeth Mac
Founder and Director
The Peace Meal Project, Boulder, CO

Hello Friends,

I am the Director of  The Peace Meal Project in Boulder, Colorado. Through a series of serendipitous events, I had the great pleasure of connecting with Stephanie and Hannah of this PeaceMeal Project.

Two organizations.  Different locations.  Similar names.  Similar missions.

And, now, partners in peace.

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