Thinking about, gathering, researching (menus, diets, recipes), and preparing food for others is very real sharing. What sort of coffee, tea, or cocoa does the household use? How much time and attention goes into the preparation of a meal? Do we call each other to pay attention (be mindful) by the way we prepare food and present it to others in the household or in the circle of friends? We can invite the household to eat together some of the time and gather in a way that enhances careful preparation with attentive conversation around the table. Asking others to share a meal goes beyond simply ingesting consumables together; it is an opportunity to share our lives and public events. In this way we can begin and renew relationships and participate in one another’s lives.
L. Shannon Jung