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Our teacher Fred cares deeply about the wellbeing of the sangha. Through nourishing our wellbeing we support our personal transformation and the transformation of the world. 


In the sutras, the Buddha taught that there are four kinds of food that human beings consciously and/or unconsciously consume everyday: Edible Foods, Sensory Images, Intentions/Volition, and Mind States. He pointed out the simple truth that consuming things that are wholesome and nutritious leads to happiness, calmness and wellbeing, while consuming things that are unwholesome often leads to unsatisfactoriness and dis-eased outcomes. Those were simpler times wherein 'simple truths' were more obvious.

In our modern complex world, we can’t help noticing that many of the things we consume into our body and mind on a regular basis are often unexamined, purely habitual, and patently or potentially unwholesome—having a negative impact on the health, wellbeing and long-term sustainability of ourselves, society and even our planet.


In order to care for our community and nourish our wellbeing, Fred is encouraging all of us to embark on a journey together over the coming year to examine our patterns of consumption within the framework of the Four Kinds of Food. Hopefully, our examination will naturally lead us to healthy choices and positive changes. Our intention is not to impose rules or standards on our community, but to help us to explore individually and collectively the consumption choices we make in our lives. The goal is for us to have the healthiest bodies and minds possible, to learn to nurture fulfilling and meaningful relationships, and to show up in the world in a way that is beneficial to others.


The following is a "path" that may help support your exploration of how to best nourish your wellbeing. Teachings, Reflections, and Resources will be added as we progress along this path. We hope that these offerings will be supportive of your journey. We are also offering a Discussion Forum where FCM members can share their challenges and insights and support each other on this path.


Topic  Explorations, Teachings and Practices
 Introduction


Introduction to the Four Nutriments

Teachings:
The First Nutriment: Edible Foods



We begin our explorations by looking more deeply into the first nutriment, edible foods. In his May 6 video, Fred invites us to begin by reflecting on how we really view our body: is it an object for pleasure or ego-gratification, or is it a vehicle for realizing our aspirations for our lives? The Reflections are included below ("How Do I View My Body?"). 

You are also invited to begin exploring the practice of mindful eating, with the video and articles in Resources, below, provided for support. There are also many excellent books on this topic, such as Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays.

We also invite you to begin to tune in more closely to what is present in your body. As discussed in the "Introduction to Mindful Eating" video, we often reach for food as an automatic reaction to something other than hunger, such as being stressed, lonely, bored, or restless. The 15-minute body scan will help you become more present to sensations that are arising in your body, including perhaps tension or other signs of a lack of ease. We want to begin to be more present to what is being felt at the moment we reach for food, drinks, or other substances to see what (besides food!) may be wholesome and needed at that time.

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The First Nutriment: Edible Foods (cont)



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The Second Nutriment: Sensory Impressions



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The Third Nutriment: Volition/ Intention



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The Fourth Nutriment:
Mind States/ Consciousness





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