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Tea Meditation

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 Naht Hanh

During Saturday’s Virtual Retreat, one of our participants mentioned her morning tea making and sipping as a tranquility ritual and, as she described it, the above quote came to mind.

Here’s a video of Thich Naht Hanh describing the practice to Oprah and another of his quotes:

You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea.
Only in the awareness of the present, can your hands feel the pleasant warmth of the cup.
Only in the present, can you savor the aroma, taste the sweetness, appreciate the delicacy.
If you are ruminating about the past, or worrying about the
future, you will completely miss the experience of enjoying the cup of tea.
You will look down at the cup, and the tea will be gone. Life is like that.
If you are not fully present, you will look around and it will be gone.
You will have missed the feel, the aroma, the delicacy and beauty of life.
It will seem to be speeding past you. The past is finished.
Learn from it and let it go.
The future is not even here yet. Plan for it, but do not waste your time worrying about it.
Worrying is worthless.
When you stop ruminating about what has already happened, when
you stop worrying about what might never happen, then you will be in the present moment.
Then you will begin to experience joy in life.

Tea sipping has been a daily habit of mine for years. I even travel with favorite tea bags to avoid those awkward “we only have Lipton black tea” moments and tote a tea spoon infuser with loose leaf green tea sprinkled with roses from Paris to the office.

As I sit with therapy clients, I often have a cup within reach and a few clients said they chose me as a therapist because of the mention of tea in my Psychology Today profile. There is comfort in holding the warm mug, smelling the aroma, and tasting the infusion—especially during therapy.

I often encourage holding a tea mug and savoring tea to clients in need of a comfort prop in anxiety-filled environments. It can have a calming effect, gives us something to do with our hands, and encourages slowing down.

Earlier today I met with a friend over a pot of jasmine tea to practice brush hand lettering. Now, I’m off to teach a two-hour Writing Lab at Tranquil Space/YogaWorks and plan to have a mug in hand during the process. Tea is comfort and joy all rolled into one.

Thich Naht Hanh’s quotes remind how we can use an everyday ritual such as tea sipping to connect with the present moment. Sip tea. Slow down. Be present. Savor. This is tea. This is life. Bisous. x

7-Day VegPledge {+ Rewards}

Monday launched VegWeek and Pigs & Pugs Project is delighted to be a sponsor!

VegWeek, hosted by Compassion Over Killing, happens every April and for the past many years, we offered VegPledge perks at Tranquil Space (my former yoga studio). Here’s a sampling of our promos:

Offering this and complimentary veg starter kits felt like a good way to introduce others to the world of meat-free eating. This year, I wanted to share this VegPledge opportunity {+ rewards} with YOU!

WHAT

Take the 7-day VegPledge by Friday, April 20 5pm ET to save 25% off the TranquiliT Compassion Tee *plus* receive a thank you and veg kit from me via email.

In addition, for every VegPledge, I’ll donate $10 to Pigs & Pugs Project to support pig sanctuaries and pug rescues across the US!

HOW

Send me an email that you’ve taken the pledge and I’ll pass along the Compassion Tee 25% off code, send you a veg kit, and donate $10!

WHY

Because it’s good for you, the animals, and the environment!

RESOURCES

Below is a short 4-minute video on vegetarian meal prep for your entire day.

Here’s a smattering of recipes from Pick up Limes, Minimalist Baker, Oh She Glows, and Sprouted Kitchen.

Tune into Tranquility du Jour Podcasts #354 The Good Karma Diet and #394 Meatless.

Thanks for considering and here’s to tasty, healthy meat-free meals! Bisous. x

Virtual Retreat TOMORROW

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.—Anaïs Nin

Imagine three hours devoted to self-care and personal growth without having to leave the comfort of your own home. This is an opportunity to take your inner artist on an extended date.

Tomorrow we’re broadcasting the Spring Virtual Retreat from the Pink Palace (my tiny DC condo) with a live audience from noon-3pm ET and you’re invited!

This Virtual Retreat is a NEW mini-retreat focused on awakening from winter’s hibernation and blooming into spring.

This 3-hour LIVE adventure includes:

  • opening and closing gatherings
  • seated yoga for all levels
  • mindfulness tools for everyday life
  • creative play in our journals
  • a colorful PDF playbook filled with tips, tools, recipes, and more coming 4/13
  • a jazzy playlist
  • a 25% off TranquiliT discount code
  • a private virtual retreat Facebook group
  • an easy phone or video connection via Zoom
  • a recording of the event to retreat as often as you’d like
  • and more!

Slow down, shake up your Saturday routine, learn new skills, and connect with like-hearted ladies. Return with what’s most meaningful to you this spring. Peruse FAQs, testimonials, and YOUR former retreat photos.

If you can’t join us live or will miss some of it, you’ll receive the replay within 48 hours.

As always, a portion of all proceeds benefits the work of Pigs & Pugs Project. Please let me know if you have any questions about the experience. We’d love to have you with us! Bisous. x


Here’s what previous participants had to say: 

I can’t thank you enough for such a clearly thought out virtual retreat. It was such a blessing not to need to get dressed, drive to an airport, not have to put on make-up, and to be comfortable in my own home without distraction.

Participating has reminded me how good it feels to slow down and give myself the time to recharge. Feeling a new spark of creativity.

I have to say, being the introvert that I am and loving my quiet time, this was something I would do again and again. Being in my own familiar space, relaxed but at the same time connected with everyone. You thought of everything!

The hallmark of an enlightening retreat, presentation, email, or post are the moments a heart is touched, a thought is planted, or a direction changed. I realize that the virtual retreat was more powerful than I thought it would be. In fact, it’s helping me to change direction, well, actually, to reconnect to my core being.