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Just enough – Ōryōki

According to the fifteen-hundred-year-old tradition of Oriyoki, monks of a Zen monastery receive their meals in three bowls. Ōryōki is a meditative form of eating that emphasizes mindfulness awareness practice by abiding to a strict order of precise movements.

It’s not about the ritual. It’s a state of consciousness.

Oryoki translates to “Just enough” which refers to the efficiency and accuracy of the form. Each movement is a simple reference point for the mind that encourages one to become present and not wonder in discursive thought.

In my daily live this means for me; Eating just the right amount, don’t overeat and eat with the right awareness. It is a state of mind. It’s not about the ritual. It’s a state of consciousness.