With all the emphasis on optimism, manifestation, happiness and positivity, we tend to focus our attention and desires on all that we deem to be ‘good’. However, is it possible that there is something like too much of a good thing?
As a young child, my nephew was exceedingly fond of Gulab Jamuns. On one occasion, he declared that he would skip the entire meal and eat only the dessert. His insistence was indulged, because no one really expected him to eat as many as he did. At the end of the meal, his relationship with his favorite dessert was forever transformed. He did not eat another Gulab Jamun for the next ten years or so.
Food offers us a great lesson in diversity, balance and wholesomeness. The success of any meal lies in finding the right blend of various flavors such that we enjoy a rounded, rich and savory experience. If you happen to like spicy food, try adding too much chilly and you will soon see how a potentially wonderful dish quickly turns into a disaster. Or add too much sugar to your dessert and you will find it makes you feel sick.
Yet, we often fail to apply this mindful balance to the happenings of life. What if we recognized that it is the contrasts in our experience that lend such a rich texture and depth to our life? That our habitual labeling of events as good or bad, and the consequent desire and rejection of the same lead to a never ending sense of insecurity, imbalance and incompletion?
What would it be like to welcome all of life, in it’s various colors and hues, without insisting on just one color, or disowning particular shades?
As I look back at this eventful year, I am sincerely grateful for all that it has brought. For me, it has been a landmark year in personal growth and evolution. And no growth has ever come without it’s growing pains. However, it has revealed within me a greater love and peace. The ‘Sparkling Stillness‘ as I like to call it, seems deeper than ever before. So I am grateful. For all that has happened, and for all the souls who made it what it was.
This Apple Crumble is rather representative of the wholesome balance I feel right now. Richly textured, nourishing and nutritious, with just the right amount of tart, spice, sweetness, comfort and fulfilling satiation that comes from having fully lived all shades of life 🙂
Wishing you all a de-lightful New Year of enriching experiences!
3 Large Apples, cored, peeled and cut into small chunks
Little Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon Cinnamon powder
2 tablespoons Sugar
1/3 rd cup Raisins, soaked in water and then dried
2 cups Swiss Muesli
80-100 grams melted (salted) butter
1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
Toss the apple chunks in the sugar, lemon juice and spices. Flatten into a buttered pie dish. Sprinkle raisins over this layer. Mix the Muesli, melted butter and brown sugar until it looks like bread crumbs. Flatten this layer on top of the apples and raisins.
Bake in a preheated 180 C oven for about 25 minutes.