Happy Pi Day!
March 14th serves an important date in my life. For some reason, after I left Germany I keep seeing the number 314 everywhere. It's as if Einstein (his birthday is 3/14) is sending me a message. I still have yet to figure out what it means, but believe mathematics are spiritual messages that are communicated to us.
I've had many spiritual experiences throughout my life, and I am no longer afraid to talk about them. I am a numbers person and Pi or 3.14 has a spiritual meaning and long history.
Pi roots back to the Babylonian era with over 4,000 years of brilliant minds thinking about Pi. Pi is a Greek letter that measures the circumference of a circle, its area and the volume of a sphere.
The oldest value of Pi comes from a Babylonian clay tablet written in cuneiform writing from 1680 BC. The Rhind papyrus also contains the text copied in 1650 BC by the Egyptian scribe Ahmes. Between 287-212 BC, Greek mathematician and engineer, Archimedes worked on Pi and discovered that Pi is 3.1408 <π <3.1429. From there other brilliant minds like Legendre, Lindemann and Plouffe all worked on Pi. The results discovered Pi represents "transcendence."
Spiritually, Pi is a symbol of God's omniscience. Pi represents the natural world. Many of our precious life forms exist in a circular or sphere pattern. And an apple is just that!
From the sun to the moon to our DNA, Pi is a part of our human existence. The pupil of our eyes are round just like a small grain of sand. Flowers blossom from the earth in a rotational / sphere-like motion, just like the two hands that move around a clock.
Circles, and a cyclical pattern is part of our human experience.
Pi is also a part of our consciousness. I recommend this reading about the spiritual meaning of Pi.
We evolve through life via patterns. We live each day with a similar routine, with hopes of progressing from Point A to B to C etc. over time. It's a linear pattern. Globally, we desire this.
But what happens when you go from Point A to point D, bypassing points B and C? An example of this is when a person hits rock bottom and decided to backpack the world. Maybe the person finds himself or herself, or maybe that person finds their soulmate.
If it wasn't for some chaotic event, that person would never have landed at Point D. .It's a non-linear and irrational pattern that involves synchronicity, fate and a higher power.
Essentially, the metaphysical and irrational principle is hidden in Pi. Randomness and chance are a part of life.
I wanted to celebrate Pi Day with a freshly baked pie. My March has been so busy that I routed to an easier option - baked apples!
Baked apples are easy to make and is the perfect dessert to enjoy the sweet fruits of nature. We eat too much refined sugar in our western culture, and it's time to adapt our palates to natural sugars.
Baked apples taste exactly like apple pie, but without all the processed flour and sugar.
Baked Apples for Two
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
2 Braeburn apples, washed & cored
2 tbsp almonds (silvered or chopped)
2 tbsp raisins
1-2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
1/4-1/3 cup water
Preheat the oven to 350-degrees.
Wash and core the apples. Set the apples into a small baking pan. Mix the remaining ingredients, except for the water, into a bowl. Scoop the filling ingredients into the apple's core. Place the water in the bottom pan. Bake the apples until you can slice the fruit with a knife.
Enjoy warm and eat immediately. The skin will wrinkle if set out too long.
Love apples? Check out my other apple recipes!
Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Cider - Two Ways!
Vegan Slow Cooker Apple-Spiced Steel Cut Oatmeal
Vegan Caramel Apple Smoothie
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com