The blessing of food is part of every spiritual tradition, from ancient to modern. The essence of food blessings is to help awaken us to both gratitude and awareness. Blessings help us to become become conscious of the sacred aspects of food and to the sacred aspects of life itself, including the sun, the moon and the rain. Food blessings are also a common form of spiritual and emotional nourishment because they have the power to fill us with a sense of humility, dignity, awe and wonder. Yet how often do we take the time to bless the food that we eat and the beverages that we drink? Or do we forgo that sacred time and space by mindlessly diving in, gulping it down, and taking it for granted? This teleconference is designed to help members learn about the beauty of gratitude and the ways in which it can help provide an opportunity to transform eating from a mundane activity into a holy, sacred activity.
1 What are Food Blessings, the different forms and types?
2 What are their function and why are they so powerful?
3 How food blessing can help mindful eating?
Amazing Grace: The Power and Function of Food Blessings
Ronna Kabatznick, June 16, 1:30 - 2:30 pm EST
Ronna Kabatznick, Ph.D. is a social psychologist who has been specializing in mindful eating for the past thirty years. She was the psychologist and spokesperson for Weight Watchers International for nine years and helped develop their behavioral management program.
Her book, The Zen of Eating: Ancient Answers to Modern Weight Problems
has been an international best seller. Her latest book, Who by Water: Reflections of a Tsunami Psychologist
is about working with Tsunami Survivors in Thailand. Dr. Kabatznick is in private practice in Berkeley, CA. She is devoted to helping people learn about the sacred aspects of eating as a way of transforming destructive eating habits. Dr. Kabatznick also works with clients across the country via SKYPE.