Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Chocolat and Lent

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Holy Season of Lent. The period in the liturgical year leading up to Easter which is characterised by self-denial in all its forms.

Self-denial is not really my style of late. Sure, I've gone through periods of radical abstinence before: two years as a raw food vegan; a 10-day water fast; a 5-day water fast; a multitude of 3-day water fasts. But this year, none of that seemed to fit right.

So this afternoon, I broke out my copy of Chocolat; as well as the remnants of a slab of Woolworths Organic 70% Dark Chocolate I had stashed in the cupboard; sat down on the couch and indulged.
But isn't this the exact opposite of the spirit of the season of Lent, you say?


Does this make me a sinful heathen?

Not at all. My spirituality remains intact, if not reaffirmed in a new, special way.

However, this year, I'm trying life Vianne Rocher style...Enjoying the sound of the church bells without getting caught up in the doctrine of actually going to church. Seeing chocolate as a perfectly suitable substitute for food on occasion. Setting up shrines to the voluptuous goodness of life and the last of the Summer garden greenery. Relishing the way the Autumn sun lulls rather than scorches, encouraging naps in an unabashed Ode to Autumn a la John Keats.

As the movie ends, so is my stance on this season of Lent...a new awakening and a lightness of spirit...helped along with gorgeous lashings of deep, dark chocolate!

P.S. Both the movie and the book are delicious in their own rights, and cover the topic of decadence versus abstinence during the time of Lent. Sink your teeth into both if you have the wont regret it!

P.P.S. Here are a few chocolate recipes for you to enjoy, should you be feeling similarly inclined:


Iris said...

What a lovely post! I think your perspective is absolutely wonderful!

Joyti said...

That tart was one of my favorite things. :)
I loved your perspective on Lent. I accompanied the boy to church (he's Catholic, I'm Hindu) and the priest said that it is not the sacrifice that matters, but instead to do something that improves yourself. I think your Lent is in line with that :)

Juanita said...

Hi Iris. Thank you kindly!

Hi Indie.Tea. Loved your comment. Thank you!

Elizabeth Able said...

Oh, I love this idea. :)

Juanita said...

Thanks, E :-)

LBk said...

I love love this movie, particularly all the Django Reinhardt music. Jums has agreed to NOT give up treats for lent. Hope you are well :)

Juanita said...

Hi Lisa. Yes - the music is fab! Bravo to Jumbelina :-) Take care!

oomph. said...

fabulous new outlook! loved that movie.

Juanita said...

Hi oomph. Yes, it's certainly very rewatchable!

Lavinia said...

I'm a bit late with the comment, but I still remembered to drop by and read this. I remember watching Chocolat with my mom, one of the few nice and controversial films we've seen together. I have to ask people when Easter is and I often forget lent exists at all.

I guess you are still quite aware of this tradition but chose the less constraining path. Indeed, to each their own, be it religion, work or chocolate...