A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it. – The Buddha
The quieter you become the more you are able to hear. – Lao Tzu
My afternoon cup of tea has become the small bit of ME time that I can carve into just about everyday. I’ve jazzed it up a bit by trying some new teas and even letting myself add a cookie. It’s important to bring a snack on a long journey. Heating the water, grabbing my favorite mug, picking a tea…all menial tasks that prepare me to have a few minutes to sit, sip and take it easy. I find that while being mindful, I can find pleasure in all of those small steps. Being in the moment and not letting my thoughts wander to past mistakes or future stressors is like a gift I can give myself in the midst of a busy day. When I stop and feel grateful for the time I am taking for myself I feel like I have made a small step in the right direction.
Most of the teas I have discovered include a bit of zen wisdom to enjoy while I am idle. The words on each tag can influence the thoughts I have during my down time. Some seem cynical or sarcastic, but some actually read like an impressive Facebook status and spark my interest. However you get your Zen inspiration, add a bit of mindfulness to create an opportunity to honor yourself and soak in the positivity. If I take time off from my day and let all the negative thoughts seep in I would be wasting my time. No sense in heating up water just to stew in my own negative thoughts. No stew for you! You’d just be getting yourself in hot water.