The Art of Tea
I love my daily rituals. The simplicity of repetition in a task, each and every day, is very grounding for me. Meditation, Rune Stones, drinking tea, taking hot baths. These things give me connection and routine that I crave, especially after traveling or being away.
Tea is one of my favorite rituals. Putting on a kettle, selecting my favorite mug (the HSFT one, of course!) picking a tea that suits my mood and my vibe. Do I want a tea for energy, for clarity and focus, detox, metabolism, stress, sleep? I've got it all in my cupboard.
Hot water poured over dried herbs and tea leaves that steams to the top of my mug. The warmth of that mug in my hands and the steam that reaches my face as I sip this soothing liquid is blissful. Each sip feels like a deep breath; cleansing and relaxing.
Time For Tea
It started with my Italian Aunt Mary who would make me tea when she babysat me. With honey and Honeycomb cereal, of all things! But it seemed decadent and delicious and I loved the way she took such deliberate steps to make this gourmet delight for me. As I got older, my mom and I would have tea. Sometimes a little milk and honey, or lemon and honey. Tea become part of a tradition.
Aunt Mary was on to something. Tea has its origins in Southwest China where it was used as a medicinal drink, but it was the Dutch settlers who brought tea to the early American Colonies.
Loose Yourself In A Tea Cup
Having a cup of tea always feels like taking a break and having a moment of reprieve, much like taking a hot bath feels for me.
It's no surprise, tea is known for it's calming effects and lowering stress. Even teas with caffeine, like black tea, have been shown to lower stress hormones. And tea is chock full of antioxidants called polyphenols which protect our cells. Added bonus, black tea is known for it's anti-aging properties and lowering ovarian cancer risk, heart disease and diabetes.
All I know is how good it feels when I take the time to sit and sip. It feels restorative and restful. And while we all know the importance of getting our daily water intake, researches have found that tea is actually just as hydrating as water but you get the added benefits of the antioxidants in the tea.
Tea For Two
I recently visited the Motherland of tea drinkers when I took a trip to see my daughter in London. The British take their tea to a whole new level and so we decided to experience the pomp and circumstance of a high tea at the famous Sketch.
High tea is quite an experience. Especially when they offer you a new champagne-infused tea! And of course, we just had to try. You can always #HSFT, even at high tea in London...
Back at home, I realize my love for tea is the wrapped up in the memories of my Aunt, the ritual of making it and the calming effect it has on me.
What's your de-stress routine? Do you use daily rituals or practices that help you feel calmer or help to energize you?
I love the way the little ceremonies of my daily life make me feel calmer and ready to conquer whatever the world has to offer. With a healthy dose of HSFT, I think it's the perfect recipe for a joyful and happy life.
Peace, love & FUN,
New Year, New You?
Each New Year, we mark the passage of time with a celebration. Big or small, black tie or ball drop in our pjs, many of us begin January with high hopes for change, personal goals and better versions of ourselves.
The New Year is an opportunity to begin again as the calendar page turns. We set the bar, we scribble down goals, we join gyms and make promises to ourselves. This is it. This is the year. This is where I start.
What is your starting point? Where and what do you start with to get to your version of your best self? It is different for all of us, unique as our fingerprint.
Reflections With Rocks
Each morning, I take time to meditate and do a reading with my Rune Stones, a tradition that uses polished rocks with letters from the Runic Alphabet. I find the quiet time in the morning with the Rune Stones helps me start my day with more mindfulness. It helps me set an intention and grounds me.
Today's Rune Stone was "possession". Here is what the stone means..."This Rune calls for a deep probing of the meaning of profit and gain in your life. Look with the care to know whether it is wealth and possessions you require for your well-being, or rather self-rule and the growth of a will."
It struck me that this rune is exactly the starting point that many of us need to help us get to to our "happy'. I think it's asking, "What is really important to you? What does profit and gain or "wealth" mean to you? And maybe we already have it.
My Father's Daughter
As I walk through my own journey in life to find my highest self, help others and give just a little something back to the greater good, my father's words take on new meaning. He wanted me to find my joy. He wanted me to have happiness and fun because he knew life was precious. He loved golf, a great meal, time with his family. That was his joy and fun. What is it for you?
The passing of another year for me is less about making hard and fast rules or resolutions for the New Year to help me be my best self. I've never really liked rules anyway, and anyone that knows me, knows I'm likely to break them.
What I have been doing these first days of 2018 is to reflect on all that I've gone through to get here, what I'm grateful for, and how much I've learned from the past year. I just have this feeling that I'm going to be unstoppable in 2018. It's going to be a really, really good year...
Peace, love and FUN,
Gut. Intuition. Trust. Faith. It’s “that” feeling. We all have that feeling, when we know something isn’t right, or is soooo right. But too often, we get caught up in the external. And somehow manage to talk ourselves right out of “that feeling.”
Feelings And More Feelings
What does it mean to follow your gut? It’s a literal interpretation these days, as we are learning so much about how our gut health and our bacterial make-up is “the brain” of our body, regulating and controlling many of our physical, emotional and mental reactions.
Our gut feeling is what I like to think of as my map. Writer and philosopher Yung Pueblo calls it our “guiding compass” and believes we are all old souls who truly know what we want and need. It’s just being able to listen to and trust in it that is often the hardest.
The Stillness And The Quiet
I don’t do a very good job with this. It’s taken me lots of practice and reflection to connect to this part of me. I lived for many years trying to ignore it. Filling it up with another shopping trip or lovely vacation. Avoiding the quiet and the stillness where that little voice would creep up on me and ask the questions I didn’t want to answer, let alone even hear.
I’m now at a place in my life where I am free-falling into exploring myself and not only listening to that gut feeling, but cultivating time and space in my life to hear it. For many years, I’ve used of used Rune Stones as a morning ritual to help set a space and intention for my day. I listen to the signs and signals my body and my mind are sending me and read the rocks as a way to set intentions and awareness for my day.
Our body and mind has incredibly useful information if you just listen to yourself. Our truth is living inside each of us and when we can harness the energy of that “guiding compass”, it leads us to true happiness and joy. That's what Have Some Fun Today means to me.
Trust yourself. Trust the process and trust your gut. Never mind the obstacles that may seem like they are in your way, they are there to teach you something. Be your own guide and open up to everything possible when you do.