Living in Tune with Nature

Making applesauce over the weekend was a reminder of why it’s so satisfying to preserve food. This is the second year that a friend has participated in the process and the time spent was demanding, yet exhilarating, all at the same time. There is a sequence that fresh fruit must go through so that it is preserved in a nutritious and healthy way. This focus means the one must live in the moment to complete each step.From the planting of the orchard years ago, to the caring for the trees, fertilizing and pruning, to watching them mature into beautiful specimens, and then to see their blossoms in the spring ripen into something that is nourishing and delicious in the fall.The harvest is now complete, except for the persimmons that will ripen around Thanksgiving. In the cupboard are jars of jellies, jams, and preserves: apricot, peach, nectarine, elderberry, strawberry, blackberry, and now adding to the larder, the applesauce. During the dark nights of the winter, when fresh, summer, local fruit is but a memory, the look and taste of a bright dab of fruit on toast seems a wonder.This process is a reminder that time is not booked by the second hand of a clock; that, instead, it is in the days, weeks, and seasons that pass in which we tune into the natural world around us. Grounding oneself to Mother earth, and reaching to the heights of Father sky above our head, and bringing the two energies together allows us to feel in synch with the past, future, yet most of all, to the moment, as we ask the question, what’s the best use of my time right now.Everyone should have at least one fruit tree in his or her backyard, even if it’s just to stand with the sun shining over one’s shoulder and slurping juice all over one’s face. (10.16.16)