Yesterday I saw some apples in a store marked “for juicing” because they were old and wrinkly. Apples keep through the winter of course and retain many excellent nutrients; but, just a word about Vitamin C – something I learned someplace along the journey and stashed away in my mental archive. The Vitamin C in fruit does us good, but originally the plant had it in mind for its own consumption. While the fruit looks plump and juicy, it still has lots of Vit C in it (well, levels vary I guess, but even so). You can tell when the stores of Vit C are running low because the fruit starts to fade and get wrinkly. Even writing this I wonder – is that true? Isn’t it just the water levels diminishing? But then again, Vit C is water soluble, so . . . But I pass that on for your consideration.
For those of you who like herbal teas, there’s a star among teas from Organic India. Their enterprise is wonderful anyway. The couple who started/run it went to India to study under a spiritual teacher and stayed on. They live in an area affected by the Green Revolution – Monsanto et al – where many of the farmers had committed suicide by drinking the pesticides that were part of the destructive package that had ruined them. Organic India was started to bring new hope and revivify the land. At first the farmers felt suspicious of Westerners with bright ideas, especially after their experiences hitherto, but eventually a man with just three acres was willing to give it a go – and his little farm thrived. From that small beginning, Organic India has grown into a business bringing hope to thousands of Indian farmers and restoring health to their land. The particular tea I love is this one. I cannot adequately describe how light, subtle, fragrant and delicious it is. A heavenly tea. They sell it on Amazon.
Sometimes I like to follow the old Book of Common Prayer for my quiet time. It starts with a confession that includes these words: “We have left undone those things which we ought to have done and done those things we ought not to have done, and there is no health in us.” And it made me think about the connections between health and responsibility. I mean, obviously if a landmine blows off your leg that’s not your fault; but in the daily choices we make each little thing can be a step towards health, peace and shining light. May God bless your way today. May you walk in the light. xxx