I had a post written and then I have cut it. I am often self-conscious of being too intense, but in life I usually over-ride this as I want to share what is in my heart. I value honesty and openness so much, and I think that by being ourselves we can make the world a better place.
I don’t watch TV, via an aerial anyway, and so what happened in Paris recently was heard briefly on the radio and existed as a dark shadow that I think for self-preservation I blocked out to a certain extent as already at that time my stress levels were pretty high. There is so much atrocity in the world, so much pain, violence and madness. So much inhumanity. But I have now seen the images on the news, and my shocked, aching heart goes out to those poor people involved even more, to the people of Paris, of France, and to people in pain across the world. To all people.
This is a world of juxtaposition, of uncertainty, of light and dark, and that is so hard to come to terms with. The lights can be dazzling, the darkness pitch black. Loved ones lives hang in the balance as do our own. We are all minds, hearts and souls encased by mortal bodies; bodies easily damaged, minds that can be warped and broken, and hearts lost, out of reach. But within all I believe there is a soul, and this is imperishable, this is potential, positivity, the green shoot that pushes through the earth, even the concrete, such is its power! This is the source of life, the life-force, all around us, the indefinable, truly beyond the conception of words, or any human thought; the closest that have come as I see it are the quantum physicists, and above all the mystics, throughout time. Soul I think is only experienced as the purest love, which is something to reach for. It rises up, it purifies. That is hope, a hope that can never be put out, not by any darkness.
My message to people is to look after themselves and the people they love, to love more, and to extend that love to every person and creature, to strive for this love, which is not easy, as we are so entangled with ourselves and our ego in this life; we hurt so easily, we are blinded by emotion, we fall down, and true strength, self-control, purity of thought and action, are so difficult to realise and to hold onto. But this is a struggle we must fight for all the harder. It is the only thing worth fighting for. If we keep that in mind it will be a great aid to us as we make our way through this obstacle course. And who knows what comes after? I believe that the journey continues, and the strength of character we build in this life we take with us, we need. And what builds that strength of character? So often it is life’s challenges.
The human mind is a fragile thing, and no-one is free from it. It bends to many influences, we are very malleable, and objectivity is very difficult to achieve even in part. The mind can be broken, many times mended, and can come back stronger and wiser from what can seem a place of no return. It can also be twisted into unimaginable shapes, from which there is no coming back. That is what has happened to the people who commit such heinous crimes, their humanity had already been taken from them somehow. What can we do? Look after yourself, and others, live with compassion and forgiveness, and look after that precious heart. Build a breathing, objective layer between you and the world, without being cut-off from it, and focus on being strong, healthy and wise. It is a life-long task.
lead by example and stand tall, whatever the weather. we have to be warriors in this world ♥
The other things we all need? Air? Water? Food? Sunshine?
Plants, organically grown food, nourish the earth, oxygenate the air, and the water, nourish and clean our precious planet, nourish us and those we love, and should love. We share food: we share love. We nourish ourselves: we love ourselves. We offer good wholesome food to a loved-one, or to a stranger: we offer them love, we serve them and ourselves in a way that is good and honest and so important.
Spices are nurturing, the taste uplifts, the substances heal and protect. They are fun to cook with too. Let’s enjoy ourselves amidst the seriousness of this life, and fight against life’s darkness. That’s what humans do best, better than war, violence and selfishness, they make each other laugh and share and create, they nurture, are strong and brave and wise; that is what it means to be a human. A smile is worth more than a piece of gold, let’s lighten our heavy hearts and enjoy the simple nurturing pleasures that will make us strong. Make and share good food, good vibes. Read a nurturing book. Put on your favourite film, some music that lifts you up. Dance around the kitchen, grab someone and hug them close and lighten your heart, knowing that you are making the world a better place, just by being in it ♥
- 1/2 cup of (I use filtered) water
- 1 tbsp light oil such as mild coconut or light olive oil
- 1 tbsp coriander seeds
- 1 tbsp nigella seeds
- 1 heaped tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp finely ground black pepper
- 1 tsp black salt (normal is fine if you don't have it, though black salt adds a lot)
- 2 tbsp tamarind concentrate (or equivalent of other tamarind)
- 3 tbsp coconut sugar
Heat the oil in a pan and fry the seeds - I tip the pan to pool the oil. Stir and be careful not to burn. 20 seconds or so should be enough. Add the rest of the ingredients, water slowly as will spit, and stir to reduce for 5-10 minutes or so. Transfer to a bowl or jar. Will keep well in the fridge, and has a very long freezer life, but it's so good you'll have to triple the recipe to have any left over!
I made this chutney very coarse, I like the crunch, but you can make it smoother by grinding the spices.
I used to be a big fan of Bringal pickle (I am these days unable to eat aubergine, or other nightshade family plants) - so I'm pretty sure that if you were to add small pieces of aubergine to this chutney and cook it down you'd make something pretty tasty; dates and apples also would be lovely, and add to the texture too.
I stumbled upon the site, Mamta’s Kitchen, and her wonderful array of chutneys, which gave me so much inspiration. I didn’t follow any of her recipes specifically, but took what I had absorbed and just went for it, adapting to my own dietary needs, and available ingredients, and also looking forward to using this new found motivation to grind my own spices in the future and really embrace spices fully ♥
I have been listening to… Funkadelic Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts
I have been watching… Charlie Chaplin The Immigrant
I have been reading… Anna Karenina (still loving it ♥)