There’s something about eating together

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Eating Together

Welcome to Three-Peat Tuesday!

Each weekly blog will contain three P’s: Pillar, Principle and Practical, all geared towards nourishing you on your personal and spiritual growth journey.

Pillar: Eating Together Centres Us

“The anchor point for our family’s life is the table”-John Mark Comer, author and preacher.

Principle: Eating Together Unites Us

Fasting is a core feature of some of the world’s more prominent religions. Strictly-speaking it is defined as abstinence from food. For those who practice this spiritual discipline, it reminds us that there’s more to life than earthly pursuits and pleasures.

Breaking a fast tends to be much more exciting. The anticipation of diving into a plate loaded with fish, chicken, provisions, rice and peas, potato salad or sautéed vegetables, makes our mouths water. Yet, is it truly the food that we crave?

I suspect that as enjoyable as a meal might be, especially after fasting, there’s a greater joy that comes from eating with others. We are social creatures. It is in our DNA to seek connection with others, even if we’re introverts by nature.

Do you have a table at home, at work or in school? What is it like? Is it just a piece of furniture or is it the anchor that connects your family, department or community? Part of pursuing an unhurried, meaningful life is slowing down to eat together.

In my September 2020 blog, A Tale of Love and Hate’ we prioritized love and simplicity at the table over lavishness. Global COVID-19 restrictions may not permit a large gathering in order to share a meal. However, you may be able to invite one or two persons to eat with you. Think it through.

At the end of the day, it’s not really about the food itself or even your limited budget. It’s about the love and unity that you communicate when you welcome someone to share a meal.   

Conversations are great. Throw in some food and it goes from great to awesome!

Practical: Eating Together Energizes Us

Surprise someone this coming week with an invitation to share a meal with you. You can even eat together virtually.

If you were inspired by this blog, please consider sharing it with one other person today. To learn more about these and other related themes that promote the cultivation of an integrated inner self, read UNBEATABLE! which is now available on Amazon in print and as an e-book.

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Kathy Ann

    Great article Tyrone. I totally agree.

  2. Hope Kerr

    Hey Tyrone, to be honest, I never thought of having a virtual meal time. Now that you have prompted that thought I’ll see if I can make it happen.
    Thanks!

  3. Phillipe Mike

    This is so true Tyrone.

  4. Caroline

    A virtual meal is a cool idea I’ll pursue

  5. Michelle+Marcus

    Yes virtual it is. Thanks.

  6. Mushtaque Mohammed

    Hi Tyrone, Great Topic and as you know it is the period where I am indulged in fasting. I fully agree that there are joyous moments in breaking the fast. Having meals together with family members brings many benefits especially the fellowshipping that happens during the meal. However, have we ever given thought how it feels to be hungry or how the food-less person feels after no meals for 10, 12, 16 hours or even 24 hours? This is one of the benefits of fasting, as it helps us to understand the feeling of those persons. It gives us a better understanding of the feeling of hunger and an experience that really humbles us. The denial of something good (food) helps us train ourselves to strengthen our ability to resist temptations or evil. There are so much more benefits but I just wanted to add another perspective of your topic.

    Excellent work Tyrone as always.

  7. J. Tyrone Marcus

    This is a wonderful contribution Mushtaque. I love the call to remember those who are habitually hungry as well as the perspective that fasting teaches us discipline and self-control. Thank you!

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