Life is full of obstacles, challenges, and circumstances. Sometimes it may seem that these obstacles, challenges, and circumstances exist only to block us, impede us, or even destroy us. Alternatively, we could choose to see these things as an evolutionary force that is actually guiding us to create harmony. The obstacles, challenges, and circumstances of life may be compelling us to look at something in way that we had not previously seen before. They may be letting us know that we are out of balance and we should seek to create harmony. Perhaps, they may even be the harmony that we had previously been seeking.
As we meet obstacles, challenges, and circumstances in life, we get to surrender, embrace, and use them to create harmony. Just as when we bring all the aspects of ourselves into harmony, certain foods seem to become more delicious and enjoyable when they are brought into harmony. Eating harmonious foods may give us the energy we need to find and create harmony in our lives.
B.K.S. Iyengar says "When your body, mind and soul are healthy and harmonious, you will bring health and harmony to the world--not by withdrawing from the world but by being a healthy living organ of the body of humanity."
This is a picture of an unrolled spring roll. The ingredients layered from bottom to top: fresh basil, avocado (sprinkled with Mrs. Dash), sliced cucumber, sliced tomato, shredded carrots, alfalfa sprouts. (photograph by Patsy Feimster)
Recipe for Harmony - Fresh Spring Rolls
Basic Essential Ingredients:
- 6-8 tapioca wrappers (not a raw food); rice wrappers will also work
- 1 avocado sliced length-wise into 6-8 pieces
- cilantro or basil leaves (even spinach or torn lettuce leaves will work)
- fresh sprouts (your preference: alfalfa, radish, broccoli)
- shredded carrots and/or shredded beets
- 3-4 sliced baby bella mushrooms or 1 sliced portabella (tossed in nama shoyu, soy sauce)
- 1/2 bell pepper sliced into long, thin strips
- thin sliced strips of cucumber
- thin sliced strips of celery
- thin slices of Roma tomatoes
- daikon radish - sliced thin or spiral cut (using a spiral slicer) or shredded
- zucchini or yellow squash - spiral cut (using a spiral slicer)
Gently dampen one piece of tapioca paper at a time with warm water. In the center place a few pieces of cilantro or basil (or other leafy green). On top of that put one slice of avocado. Then add a small amount of shredded carrots/beets. Next add any of the three additional veggies of your choice. Finally add a layer of sprouts. Fold the bottom and top parts of the tapioca paper in towards each other over top of the veggies so that they almost meet. Then fold one of the other open sides in towards the middle. Now keeping the spring roll tight, continue rolling toward the open side until it is totally enclosed.
- Make sure the stack of veggies isn't too thick; this makes the wrapper difficult to roll, or your wrapper might tear.
- If the water is too hot or if the tapioca paper gets too wet, it will tear and disintegrate.
- Assemble on a clean surface or bamboo mat.
- Purchase the tapioca wrappers at an Asian market if possible; you'll pay less for them and support a local business.
Although this is not recipe is not 100% raw, it is 100% vegan and 100% harmonious. Putting this recipe together teaches us about creating harmony. As you layer the different vegetables in the wrapper, you are invited to think about how the indiviual aspects of each ingredient creates a harmonious whole.
Consider yin and yang...how the yin yang symbol represents balance and harmony with seemingly contrary forces...how everything in the natural world is interconnected and interdependent. This is the harmony that we get to generate within ourselves and in our world.