A Lesson in Grating an Apple

I stayed with a friend recently and we decided to make some apple pancakes together for breakfast. I was given the task of grating an apple. I was feeling a bit tired but very hungry, so I threw myself into my role as chief apple grater and attempted to grate the apple as fast as I could.

After about 30 seconds, apple seemed to be flying all over the kitchen. I felt like I would lose the skin on my knuckles at any moment; I was getting nowhere, my friend was laughing her head off and I felt frustrated and defensive. I was trying so hard to get this job done and it was tough. I certainly wasn’t in the mood to laugh.

It took some convincing (I really had my cranky pants on), but eventually I let my friend explain that there was an easier way to grate the apple. All I had to do was grate gently and use the skin of the apple to protect my fingers as I went. After a short demonstration it was clear that my friend was on to something! She made this apple grating thing look so easy… but I wasn’t convinced until I tried it myself. I thought that maybe my friend just had stronger arms than I did.

So I gave this new apple grating method a try, and sure enough I had to admit my friend was absolutely right. My apple grating chore became so easy and lovely I actually began to enjoy myself. It didn’t take me long to realise that I have approached many things in my life the way I approached that poor helpless apple that morning.

I am learning that when I am gentle, I am present – and when I am present everything seems easier, runs much more smoothly and there is a graceful flow. It is amazing what we can learn from the smallest action or thing. I was amazed by the beautiful lesson that I eventually allowed by simply grating an apple and being open to a different way, and it has stayed with me ever since.

Inspired by Serge Benhayon and the work of Universal Medicine.

By Leonne Sharkey, Brisbane

277 thoughts on “A Lesson in Grating an Apple

  1. This blog got me wondering how many people actually enjoy what they do, how many people go through life in the doing of something, especially when it comes to employment because they need the job for the money or security. We seem to have made life all about security and lost the joy and the simple pleasures of life.

  2. I love the simplicity of this blog/sharing. In that when we try too hard or go into a doing mode, everything is hard and arduous, and even challenging to achieve. When we bring gentleness into it and the love for it, it is a different story. That presence in everything is everything, it matters and goes a long way, so why complicate it?. Its simple…

  3. Absoulutely agree, food in the way we prepare it and the amount of sugary substances (some science and research are now sharing no sugar at all) that we over indulge in play an imperative role in our health and immune responses to viruses and bacteria.

    1. You can always tell when food is cooked without love to food that is cooked with love and care. After all its all about energy, so what energy are we putting into our bodies?

  4. An openness to seeing how things can be done differently is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves – and this is what allows us to take on board so much more supportive changes.

  5. I can also be good at making something that is supposed to be easy, into something that is difficult. This is such a silly thing to do! And worse yet is when we realise we have done this and how we are the ones that have fooled ourselves.

  6. Leonne – I love your writing – it really cracks me up! and also delivers such a strong and supportive message.

  7. I find if I’m not present with myself when I am doing things all sorts of disasters happen, I drop things on the floor, knock something over, bump me… the list goes on, more so is the realisation I haven’t been with me during those moments. It’s our number one job isn’t it, being with ourselves.

    1. Yes, this was a beautiful simple example of how being present and gentle makes a big difference, ‘I am learning that when I am gentle, I am present – and when I am present everything seems easier, runs much more smoothly and there is a graceful flow’.

    1. ‘It is amazing what we can learn from the smallest action or thing.’ It is our choice to learn straight away, or whether to have a wake up call.

  8. When we open our eyes the gentle-ness that is available starts the ball rolling towards Self-Love and then it has a snow ball effect, so in certain areas of life we can announce we are Loving but as with everything within us there is even more expansion of deepening levels of Love, and by then it is what apple as life becomes about the whole tree?

    1. greg I really understand what you are say about the Apple as life becomes the whole tree, the never ending expansion of life, that becomes a flow that we can just slip into and become at one with.

  9. I can really relate to needing some convincing before I would even give consideration to giving another way of being a go – even though the way I am in at the moment is not working and I am not enjoying it at all. Funny how stubborn I can be even though something is clearly not working, I would choose to stay stuck with it until it becomes impossible.

  10. “I am learning that when I am gentle, I am present – and when I am present everything seems easier, runs much more smoothly and there is a graceful flow.” I know! My life has completely turned around from being a struggle to being enjoyable and easeful through being gentle, tender and present with all that I do.

    1. It is lovely to read how the task was enjoyed by bringing in presence and gentleness, ‘My apple grating chore became so easy and lovely I actually began to enjoy myself’.

  11. Funny story that reveals a simple wisdom we all should get to know: the flow and ease that comes with being present, gentle with the body and enjoying ourselves in doing what we do. It always works.

  12. I absolutely appreciate how we can receive such amazingly supportive life lessons from the most everyday objects and situations. Since reading your delightful blog some time ago, I cannot pick up a grater without remembering the very wise lesson you have shared with us.

  13. That’s the beauty when we have experienced it by ourselves, it stays with us and like you did we can apply these seemingly insignificant actions to how we live and simply change our way of doing so the being gets a chance to determine the qualtiy of how we live.

  14. Being gentle, aware and present can make the most mundane task, like grating an apple, or cleaning a toilet or sweeping a floor feel like the most amazing, most important job in the world.

  15. A beautiful blog. Working harmoniously is in my experience always more effective when considering the whole and usually also in every detail.

  16. ‘I am learning that when I am gentle, I am present – and when I am present everything seems easier, runs much more smoothly and there is a graceful flow.’ So very true. It can be easy to think that by doing things quickly or rushing we do them quicker but I find I make mistakes and things take longer. Whereas when I feel more present and just concentrating on what I am doing and not the end result it seems to get done super quickly!

  17. There are lessons available everywhere, in small moments and big, if we choose to see life as a development.

  18. You crack me up Leonne. You paint such a vivid picture of the utter absurdity of life when we live disconnected from our Soul and all the simplicity it offers.

  19. Lovely to revisit this blog today and feel the truth here and also to reflect on times when I have gone hard or been over enthusiastic or found myself frowning with concentration trying to get something done. There is a power within us that needs no forcing on our part, it is available when we are connected and open and we attend carefully and lovingly to what needs to be done.

  20. I absolutely love life’s simple lessons; simple but at the same time often very powerful as in the case of this very humble apple. You have shown so beautifully that it is a lesson that can be taken into our everyday life, where slowing down and being very conscious of what we are doing can make a huge difference to us, to the quality of what we are doing and even to those around us.

    1. What we do affects everything and everyone and thus, there is no deed too small or seemingly insignificant that we could ever plan or execute.

  21. What a beautiful revelation you have shared here Leonne of how our connection to a quality that is innate in us all, can guide us to live with greater presence, grace and awareness, all of which allows us to be moved by a far more honouring flow.

  22. Beautiful Leonne, and the key is to then be open to even more things and expand our awareness on ways we have done it for so long that do not actually truly work anyway.

  23. Gosh reading this years on I can’t help but laugh. I still rush at things like a bull at a gate at times so I should probably read this blog more often.

      1. Yes spot on James and Leonne – we can never have enough of reminders to come back to ourselves and be more and more gentle and more and more delicate and more and more tender. I love this and yet know that I too forget and appreciate the reminder.

  24. “When I am gentle, I am present – and when I am present everything seems easier, runs much more smoothly and there is a graceful flow” – this is so true in everything. When I am gentle, I am already allowing space for myself to observe and that allows me to be understanding of others and what is happening around me. I don’t live that all the time yet but life constantly gives me opportunities to learn this grace.

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