It Begins with Tea

The last few weeks were hard. I was working long hours, not sleeping enough, dragging through each day. And yet, the month of June was flying by, with nothing to tie me to it. I was struggling, so I talked with a friend for a while. She helped me get my head a little sorted, and then she gave me this gift.

The Zen of Wude: Meditations on Buddhist Philosophy, Gratitude, & the Art of Being

She sent me this podcast, which I listened to on Friday night as we drove to Vermont for a restorative weekend of green trees and sunshine with Mr. B’s family. It’s long, but I highly recommend it. For me, it feels like a game changer.

Since Saturday morning, I have been starting each day with a mug of tea and a few moments of peace and stillness. I am trying to practice gratitude and be present. It’s only been four days, but I feel content and full in a way I haven’t in a long time.

I know that I am often excellent at trying new things, and not always excellent at maintaining them, so I’m planning to write here about my meditations on tea and my experience of living mindfully. Because maybe it will help to sustain a thing that is, for now, filling me with peace and joy.

On another note…

For a while now, my writing in this space has felt like nothing more than a frame for the images I want to share. And that’s not what I want it to be. So I’m going to try to use this space to write what I’m really thinking, and I’m creating a new place for my images to live. I’ll let you know when it’s ready for you.

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