The first of each month brings a fresh start, so let’s start a new custom. On the first day of each new month, let’s celebrate something ONEderful. Rosetree Energy Spirituality (RES) helps you to enjoy big things and little ones, too.
Today, let’s take a few moments to celebrate this shiny, bright new month of August 2016.
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How about sharing something fun, a triumph, a discovery, a new beginning or something else uplifting? For the first of a new month, something ONEderful.
For this sort of celebration, anything about your human life on earth would count.
My Great, Though Bitter, Human-Level Discovery
I’ll start by praising bitter melon. This kind of produce isn’t the best known. Will never compete with ripe mangoes… and win.
Yet this vegetable is reputed to help with blood sugar… unlike my favorite food, ice cream sundaes.
Bitter melon — a way to prepare it was taught to me by Kaori-san, a much-loved friend from Tokyo when I used to teach for VOICE seminars.
Using a spoon, you can scoop out the “Unnecessary bitterness,” as I call it now.
You can remove even more bitterness by parboiling or soaking. “Healable bitterness,” as I’m calling it now.
Then you’re left with a sturdy, bumpy, fascinating bit of flavor in the “Manageable bitterness” family.
Don’t Fear Bitterness, Not This Kind
Bitter melon combines so well with sour, salty, pungent, and umami. Add anything into your veggie pot except for sweet spices like cinnamon or cardamom. Garlic might not be a great combo, either.
Cook until tender.
There will always be days for sweet. May this new month of your life contain many sweet moments and days!
Other times, perhaps you will find a way to enjoy the restorative powers of just a bit of bitter, well seasoned.