There is no you without the environment, no Ego without the Eco.

There has never been a truly independent life, a life that exists in a total and absolute vacuum.

Face this fact: you are fully and completely dependent on all that’s around you.

Eating is there to remind you of this dependence, of this interconnectedness.  Next time you sit down to eat, consciously own this dependence. Yes, you do depend on this lowly green pea on your plate, and on this bite of an apple, and on this slice of bread, and on this glass of water.  As your chin dips down towards food, turn this forward leaning into a bow of gratitude.  There is no you without this.  So, bow down to yourself: this lowly green pea, this bite of an apple, this slice of bread, this glass of water is about to become you.

So, as your chin dips down towards food again, turn this forward leaning into a deep bow of a greeting: here I come, I am this.

adapted from: Reinventing the Meal: How Mindfulness Can Help You Slow Down, Savor the Moment, and Reconnect with the Ritual of Eating



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    Last reviewed: 22 Aug 2012

APA Reference
Somov, P. (2012). A Deep Bow of Dependence. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 28, 2015, from


Select books by Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.:
Mindful Emotional Eating Reinventing the Meal
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