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This is the Best I’ve Ever Eaten

plant-based mushroom rolls ~d nelson

Now, the best thing ever eaten
exposes electric experiences
of Heavenly tastes, textures,
scents. Sometimes
memories arise.

real sweets memories

Preferring plant-based food
to care for myself & mother earth.
All the nutriments this son
of the earth needs for survival.

earth’s jumbo burrito

But being truly hungry
humbled his-self’s appreciation
of whatever foods are offered,
as they’re all gifts of the universe.
Hands extended, & receiving.


Hearing of those who raised funds locally,
then purchased food to prepare,
bag and serve to any who present
themselves as in need of eating,
as I did & do, when required,
still brings me to my knees in gratitude.


  1. This food is a gift of the earth, the sky, numerous living beings, and much hard and loving work.
  2. May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude so as to be worthy to receive this food.
  3. May we recognize and transform unwholesome mental formations, especially our greed and learn to eat with moderation.
  4. May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that reduces the suffering of living beings, stops contributing to climate change, and heals and preserves our precious planet.
  5. We accept this food so that we may nurture our brotherhood and sisterhood, build our Sangha, and nourish our ideal of serving all living beings. ~Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s 5 contemplations

Note: I’ll be on mindfulness meditation retreat in Oct. Look forward to reconnecting with WP friends by the end of the month. Wishing you happiness & well being, david.

Are you calling me a fruit, Sir?

yummy pluots

yummy pluots

Decades ago, one near and dear to me, a young kid from California, struggling his way through basic training, was rudely called a fruit by his tech sergeant. This said tech sergeant had quite a propensity of showering everyone in the barracks with verbal abuse. These angry words and energy possibly made some of the other young men more manly. And others got more mad. My dear one would laugh. A natural response too hard to control. Many of these insults he had never heard before. Certainly, not in real life. To him it sounded funny.

Punishment for laughing  at the wrong time varied. Sometimes his foot locker would get thrown across the room. Which meant diligently spending time refolding clothes with precision, and putting everything back into its prescribed location. Most often he would end up doing push-ups. While counting out loud, he could hear the sergeant yelling “you worthless #!@?*#’s from California are nothing but fruits and nuts” This sergeant shouted out that he was doing his best to make men out of them all, and some may not make it. Somehow this dear one survived basic training, despite frequent harassment, push-ups, laps around the dorm, and almost being set back. It took many years for him to regain his sense of humor and ability to laugh, or even smile, at absurdity.

Smiling and remembering that story sparked an idea to photograph fruit eaten during this summer. What a wonderful summer of fresh fruit it has been. Some from the market, most from friend’s & neighbor’s gardens, and the trees at my house. Regrets to fruits eaten too quickly, thus not photographed. Including, but not limited to, apples, grapes, cherries, kiwis, oranges and pears.

It’s common knowledge that we are what we eat, or more correctly, what we consume. This summer I’ve mostly succeeded at consuming a wholesome diet, through my mouth, eyes, ears, nose, and touch. Some things that I’ve seen and heard seemed difficult, especially local, national and world news. I realize these consumables are inside and part of me. Some digested and transformed better than others. As I breathe in at this moment, I’m most grateful, and proud to say, that I’m a fruit. Breathing out, it feels colorful and sweet inside knowing that such yummy beauty has become me.

Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful consumption, I am committed to cultivating good health, both physical and mental, for myself, my family, and my society by practicing mindful eating, drinking, and consuming. I will practice looking deeply into how I consume the Four Kinds of Nutriments, namely edible foods, sense impressions, volition, and consciousness. I am determined not to gamble, or to use alcohol, drugs, or any other products which contain toxins, such as certain websites, electronic games, TV programs, films, magazines, books, and conversations. I will practice coming back to the present moment to be in touch with the refreshing, healing and nourishing elements in me and around me, not letting regrets and sorrow drag me back into the past nor letting anxieties, fear, or craving pull me out of the present moment. I am determined not to try to cover up loneliness, anxiety, or other suffering by losing myself in consumption. I will contemplate interbeing and consume in a way that preserves peace, joy, and well-being in my body and consciousness, and in the collective body and consciousness of my family, my society and the Earth. ~Thich Nhat Hanh’s 5th of the Five Mindfulness Trainings.