When we hold a piece of bread,
if mindfulness is there, if the Holy Spirit is there,
we can eat the bread in a way
that will allow us to touch the whole cosmos deeply.
A piece of bread contains the sunshine.
That is not difficult to see.
Without sunshine, the piece of bread cannot be.
A piece of bread countains a cloud.
Without a cloud, the wheat cannot grow.
So when you eat the piece of bread,
you eat the cloud,
you eat the sunshine,
you eat the minerals,
time, space, everything.
Thich Nhat Hanh, from Going Home: Jesus and Buddha as Brothers, pg 5 (Riverhead Books, New York, 1999)
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