Sauerkraut Reflections

Making sauerkraut is an ages old process. Full of pro-biotics and flora that is beneficial to your health. The Germanic and Polish communities have been eating Sauerkraut for millennia. The process for making Sauerkraut is pretty basic. You take your cabbage, core and shred it. Add Salt mixing it in thoroughly and then you begin to crush or macerate it or mash it a bit. The fibers begin to break down and it is then packed in tubs or jars and left to ferment. During the fermentation process it is not uncommon for mold to form on the top. The “bloom” or removed and it is topped off and left to complete the fermentation process until such time as it is packaged, and either canned or packed and left in the refrigerator to be consumed later.

Now your asking yourself… Why are we talking about Sauerkraut and where is the “good stuff” that is the course of the spiritual reflection ? Glad you asked !

To a certain extent life is like this process of making sauerkraut.   In the beginning you start out all fresh and green and young.  Then you get out into the world and you are cut, you are hurt, and broken.  In this process the lessons you learned at home , and at church take on a different character, a different flavor. 

Salt is added and in the outset it may burn, feeling like your being drawn out or drained.  But, in the process of time and added to faith it becomes something different, it becomes good or beneficial.    Our lives are mashed down, compacted, and drained by the pressures of the day, our work, our families, and relationships or interactions.  We may feel the weight of the things that drive the physical world around us.   Possibly, you may feel your stuck or not moving forward or in the direction you think you should, at least in some area of your life or just don’t feel like your going anywhere.. it is ” the Grande Pause”.     Possibly life, like the mold that grows on the top of the juices of  fermentation, there is something that has entered your life you don’t really need it, or its just plain not good.  You, like the sauerkraut, need to rest, to ferment, taking time off for rest and reflection… come to the quiet.

Make sure you are taking the time away, to rest, to contemplate and seek guidance and wisdom, discarding what you don’t need.  Indeed that which was the salt and pain of growth will then become the flavor of your spiritual life.Sauerkraut1



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3 Responses to “Sauerkraut Reflections”

  1. SaintlySages Says:

    A fascinating and innovative analogy. God bless!

    • brbearsfo Says:

      Thank you very much, you are very kind. I also read a number of your posts and will add the link here.. I look forward to reading more of your posts.. Particularly I enjoyed reading your posts on Actual Graces.. very nice work. Pax et Bonum !

  2. SaintlySages Says:

    Third Order member since ’72. Pax et Bonum!

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