Until now, you may have never considered all the grape has to teach us about our own lives, which in many cases are allowed to remain unexamined.
Sour grapes quench thirst, increase appetite, and relieve dry mouth. Sweet grapes can nourish the chi, the blood, the liver and kidneys.
Purple grapes can prevent aging, reduce wrinkles and improve eyesight.
Black grapes help reduce fatigue, anxiety, headache, and depression.
Red grapes soften blood vessels, promote circulation, prevent thrombosis, and even prevent a stroke.
Mature green grapes turn white and are good for people with respiratory disease, coughing and bad complexions.
Have you ever peeled a grape?
First, start by examining the color. Is it a bright or a dull hue?
Next, let the grape engage your sense of smell. Is the scent fruity or funky? Would it make a good raisin?
Now ever so gently, I would roll my grape between my thumb and my remaining four fingers.
If my grape is firm, it’s a keeper, but if it’s the slightest bit soft, I toss it.
Since we’re peeling away the imaginary layers of a grape, go ahead and nibble at the skin.
Is it bitter? That was the first layer.
Now, slowly experience the next layer of the grape. It’s the one just before the center. OK, since you’ve been so patient, let’s experience the center together. Does your center have seeds?
What we just slowly experienced together – examining all the layers of the grape – gave us a better understanding of why the unexamined life passes so quickly.
We don’t take the time to relax, slow our pace, focus our attention, and enjoy it!
Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
He believed that the only thing that makes life useful IS thorough examination.
Why do you think most people avoid leading an examined life?
People who do examine their lives, who think about where they’ve been, how they got here, and where they’re going, are much happier people.
Wouldn’t You Agree?
No one has all the answers. And no one’s life is free from trouble and strife.
But those who have some sense of where they belong in the universe also have a context for understanding how all the layers of their life fit together.
The hardest thing about examining your life is getting started.
What Do You Think Should Be Our First Step???