DAY 3 – 7 of Tea and Meditation:
I’ve been a very bad girl.
Here I was going to take five minutes each day to meditate over a cup of tea, then blog about my experience; but as you can see I haven’t posted anything since my mini-meltdown on Day 2. Now it is Day 7. So what happened?
Well, on Day 3 I actually did take five minutes to focus on the moment, but then Day 4 rolled round and I got caught-up in doing, rather than being. By the time I came up for air on Day 4, at 3:00AM in the morning, I was simply too exhausted to do anything except hit the hay. At least I fell asleep thinking about tea and meditation.
Days 5 and 6 were pretty much the same. I spent the day focusing on completing my never-ending “to-do” list. I kept telling myself that I would take time later to meditate with a cup of tea.
Predictably, the day ended without me taking five lousy minutes to be in the moment.
By Day 7 I had completely abandoned my goal in favor of stress and chaos. Same old, same old. Ugh!
While reflecting on the past week and utter lack of success in accomplishing my daily five-minute tea and meditation goal, I realized something.
I was so focused on not being able to achieve my tea and meditation objective, that I had lost sight of what I was going well: I had stopped buying Edy’s Cherry Chocolate Chip ice cream. This was a pretty big deal, but let me explain.
All summer long I’ve had a carton of this delightful concoction in my freezer. Each day without fail, I would take a scoop (or more) and treat myself. It was becoming quite a bad habit and it wasn’t helping me to lose those extra pounds.
For some reason, I decided last week of all weeks, to break my habit. I know better than to try and make two lifestyle changes at the same time, but I did it anyway.
Looking back, now I know why I kept craving dessert teas all last week and felt on edge each day! It must have been ice cream withdrawal!
The good news is that I did break my nasty ice cream habit. Consequently, I’ve felt a bit calmer this week.
Once I recognized what had gotten me off track with my five-minute tea and meditation goal, I was able to think more clearly and focus on moving forward.
I truly thought it was a lack of commitment that was my undoing. When in reality, my dedication was strong but the timing was wrong.
So, what next?
I think I’ll try again.
Now, that my ice cream habit has been taken care of, I think it is time to move on to tea and meditation. I am quite hopeful that this week holds incredible promise. Hopefully, I will find a little alert peacefulness.
I’ll keep you updated.
Oh, and if you run across any cherry and chocolate flavored tea you’ll let me know, right? 😉
This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.
Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.
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