“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.” -Thich Nhat Hanh
You may not an hour to sit, or an evening to dedicate to friendship. But most everyone has time for a full tea ceremony each day. A hot cup of herbal tea can pull you out of any negative or frenetic energy, & shift your whole frequency: literally, you change the channel of your mind from noise to the frequency of your medicinal herbs. So you can choose herbs that are uplifting, grounding, calming, immune-boosting, sensual, or really anything! Choose a tea that matches what you most need right now. Is it comfort? Ambition? Dreaminess? Set aside 10 full minutes, to set & seal your intentions for each day.
Sometimes it's helpful to choose a single wish, goal, or prayer to focus on over a few days, or even weeks. Those who are spontaneous will want to see what's fresh each day. Just don't forget to set an intention. Remember that women have used the tea ritual throughout time & many cultures, so, when you step into your tea ceremony, you are touching the daily magic of millions of women. Use this.
You'll want to pick up a lovely medicine mug just for this. As you put your water on to boil, bring your attention to the twin gifts of *fire* + *water.* Gather your *earth* elements, the tea itself, made of leaves, seeds, bark, roots & petals. Place them into your pot, & let yourself take in the infused vapors, *inspiriting* the air with both the herbal medicine & your own intentions. Let the steam fill your head, your lungs, your heart floor. See your fulfilled wishes as the steam, seeping into every cell of your body. When you are ready, take it into your lips. Let the liquid smooth your thoughts & soften any tension. Notice how you are ~gently~ on fire, & ~softly~ clear to begin your day.
PS - Two of my favorites, for adrenal stress, everyday stress & traumatic stress:
Ashwagandha root is commonly used in ayurvedic traditions as a restorative herb. It reduces the effects of stress, supports memory, stabilizes blood sugar, and can relieve insomnia. This herb helps hugely with adrenal stress & fatigue.
Holy Basil (Tulsi) is an herb native to India which combats stress, can reduce blood sugar imbalance, and support immunity. Tulsi helped me to recover from a local tragedy that was shicking & devastating for many.