Tea Lifestyle

A New Tea Culture

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I’ve been feeling a tug-of-war going on inside me for some time now. It’s a battle between living a traditional tea lifestyle and a modern tea lifestyle.

This week, the contrast of those two lifestyles became quite apparent.

Traditional Tea Culture

I’ve been reading an exquisite book called Tea Life, Tea Mind. It’s by Soshitsu Sen XV, a Japanese Grand Tea Master, and discusses Chado or The Way of Tea.

Simply stated, it’s about preparing, serving and receiving tea in a way that has been passed down from one generation to the next.

These customary practices inspire beauty, kindness, honor, grace and respect.

There is a part of me that highly values these ideals. In fact, I cannot imagine living life in a manner that doesn’t reflect these principles.

From a traditional viewpoint, I feel myself pulled to the simple life; a life of peace and tranquility where the din of the world is merely an illusion of progress.

Modern Tea Culture

On the flip side, I recently came across an article titled: Lady Gaga Sparks Afternoon Tea Revival

In the commentary, a representative of Debenhams, a British department store, is quoted as saying that the eccentric, pop diva is driving the trend towards tea drinking.

I have to wonder if Lady Gaga is perhaps the tea master of the new millennium.

Her highly-creative, push-the-boundaries, self-expressive and versatile ways have captivated those of us craving the freedom to be ourselves and break free from cubicle hell.

Through her passion and drive, she encourages us to make our own personal statement.

What’s truly brilliant is our declaration doesn’t have to be bold nor brash; it can be as simple as picking up a cup of tea. Our individuality can shine through in our choice of beverage.

In a sense, the modern tea culture can be summed up in four words: Be different, drink tea.

The New Tea Culture

As I take a step back, and reflect on the old and the new. I realize that they both have much to share and contribute.

However, when trying to come to terms with the two sides of myself, the peaceful eremite and daring trailblazer, I find myself stuck. Stuck right in the middle of a life that is neither serene nor remarkable.

I have to ask myself, “Must I choose between a traditional and modern tea lifestyle?” or, “Can I have the best of both worlds?”

This is the question that haunts me because I don’t have an answer. Although, deep down I sense that it is possible to have a balance amongst the two.

Finding the equilibrium between honoring the past and embracing the future is my struggle, but I am certain that it is not my quest alone. I believe it comes down to survival, if you don’t grow you die. It is the human condition.

As a collective we have made incredible progress this past decade in science, technology and public policy. With this knowledge, that we can be and do better, I am confident that I can help to create a new tea culture—a culture that inspires peace, freedom and individuality.

In fact, it may even be my mission.

This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Be different, drink tea!

What do you think of the idea of a new tea culture?

Living a Tea Lifestyle is a Personal Journey

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Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to live a tea lifestyle.

At first, I thought it was simply about making tea my beverage of choice.

Then, I naturally gravitated to the idea that living a tea lifestyle is also about taking the time to sit down, relax and have a cup of tea.

To fully enjoy that cup of tea, I discovered that it was essential to be in the moment, to relish each sensation that the tea was willing to provide.

The next logical conclusion seemed to be that in order to make time for tea I had to have some amount of balance in my life.

Despite, the reasonableness of it all, I felt as if something was missing. I sensed that there was more to uncover. Yet, I just couldn’t put my finger on it.

At that point it dawned on me, living a tea lifestyle is a personal journey; a unique experience that comes from who you are and what you want from life.

After coming to the above realization, I decided to sit down and outline what living a tea lifestyle means to me personally.

Here is what I came up with:

  1. Being real and expressing who I am in my daily actions.
  2. Making connections with nature, people and spirit.
  3. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.
  4. Doing what is right, even if it isn’t easy.
  5. Taking care of my body so, I can fully enjoy life and do those things that bring me joy.
  6. Being mindful of all that I have to be grateful for, from a warm cup of tea in my hands to a roof over my head.
  7. Taking time each day to reflect on what is important to me.

I plan to use the above beliefs as a map to help guide me towards the next step on my journey. Perhaps one day I can fully live the tea lifestyle.

This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

What does living a tea lifestyle look like to you?

A Trip to Teavana at the Mall of America

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It was a beautiful fall day to take a trip to Bloomington, Minnesota for a little shopping adventure at the Mall of America (MOA).

Finding Teavana at the Mall of America

Upon arriving at MOA it was quite the feat to find Teavana, after consulting several kiosks and walking for what seemed like forever, I finally found my way to the west side of the mall. As I got closer to my destination, I saw an inviting, warm-glow emanating from the Teavana store front that quickened my pace in anticipation. Just before reaching Teavana a wonderful scent captivated my senses and enticed me to come inside.

Entering Teavana is like taking a step into tea heaven. The décor is natural-chic with warm-earth tones. And a soft, sweet fragrance of tea fills the air, perhaps from the variety of brewed teas lying about ready to sample, and did I sample! Yum!

Turning my attention to the stylish and Asian inspired teaware, I made a mental-note on what I liked and planned to purchase at a later date. Today, I was here to buy tea.

Tea Tins or Sampler Bags?

As I approached the counter, I saw a wall filled with huge round tea canisters that were all color coded. Upon closer inspection, each canister was marked with the tea name and cost per two ounces.

After assisting other customers, the friendly Teavana guy came over and I inquired about purchasing some sample sizes.

Tea Tins from Teavana

He said that he could certainly hook me up with some sampler bags of tea, but encouraged me to buy tea tins instead, stating that the tea canisters would help the tea stay fresh for up to a year.

He also shared with me that the sampler tea bags tended to not keep the tea fresh for very long, about two weeks to be exact.

This wouldn’t have been a concern, except that I had just purchased about thirty sampler bags of tea online the previous week.

Plus, I had been admiring the exquisite tea tins located throughout the store just moments ago. I thought to myself that this could be the perfect opportunity to indulge a wee bit.

Once I had chosen my favorite four Washi Tea Tins, the fun really began. I got to decide which tea would fill each of them.

Picking the Perfect Tea

The Teavana guy asked me a few questions, then swiftly went and picked out a large tea tin labeled Gyokuro Imperial. I saw the cost per two ounces was $15.00. Yowza! But, once he opened the lid and I saw that bright, fresh green color and took a deep breath, I knew it was worth every penny.

Next, I decided I wanted a black tea. He first introduced me to Golden Monkey which looked amazing with all the golden tips. It also smelled like chocolate when he fanned the tin lid over the tea towards me. But, for $18.50 per two ounces, I decided to try a less expensive black tea, especially since I had just splurged on the green tea.

Next, he pulled a black tea from the shelf called Copper Knot Hongcha. This tea didn’t smell as chocolaty as the Golden Monkey; actually, the smell was quite subtle overall. Nonetheless, I was intrigued by the dark and light brown leaves that were rolled into tight little balls. For only $9.80 per two ounces, we had a winner.

Then I decided to go for a dessert tea. The Teavana guy pulled down something called Zingiber Ginger Coconut. He took off the tin lid and swooshed it over the tea, so we could both get a good whiff. Between the sweet, intoxicating smell and exquisite display of curled coconut and red rooibos, I was spellbound. I had to try some and for $6.00 per 2 ounces I thought it was a no-brainer.

Finally, I thought I would go for one more dessert tea. Without a moment of hesitation the Teavana guy pulled down two tea canisters: White Ayurvedic Chai and My Morning Mate.

The smell was amazing as he waved the two canister lids, back and forth over both tea blends. It was like stepping into some exotic candy store; where sweet and spicy intermingle creating a scent that tickles the soul.

The Mate tea was $6.80 per two ounces and the Chai was $10.00 per two ounces. I didn’t even have to think about it, before deciding on my final purchase.

The total came to a whopping $114.00 bucks, but I felt like I had gotten my money’s worth. Not only was I leaving with four beautiful tea tins, I also had some amazing tea to sip all winter.

As I left the store I thought to myself, “Wow, that was a lot of fun!”

Buy Teavana Tea Online

Just in case you don’t have access to a nearby Teavana store, you can always purchase their tea online. If you’re interested to see Teavana’s online tea selection just click on the link below. Enjoy!

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This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

Have you ever visited a Teavana store? What was your experience like?

Taking Time for Tea and Meditation: A Retrospect

Boat House

DAY 24 of Tea and Meditation:

Yesterday was an amazing day on my tea lifestyle journey and wonderful way to wrap-up my Alert Peacefulness series!

I had heard about a place in Winona, Minnesota that sold some pretty spectacular tea from China, so I definitely wanted to visit their tea shop. But the weather hadn’t been cooperating— rain, rain and more rain. Then the rain stopped.

However, there was still the threat of the Mississippi cresting, which would put Winona in jeopardy of flooding, so I waited patiently and hoped for the best.

Then, thankfully, the danger had passed.

With the all clear, my mom and I took advantage of the beautiful fall day yesterday and drove over to the great river valley for a little tea adventure.

I really had no idea what to expect when we finally found the Mandala Center for Wellness on Fourth and Main, but as soon as we walked in, I knew I had found a little slice of tea paradise.

We were greeted by the owner, Garret, who was extremely generous with his time. When he learned that I had just started the tea lifestyle journey myself, he shared with me that he had started his journey nearly fifteen years earlier.

We talked for nearly an hour all about tea and the tea lifestyle. Needless to say, I walked out with a bag full of high-quality tea and a new mini-teapot to use for multiple infusions (which I had never done before).

What I’ve Learned Over the Last 24 Days:

My experience yesterday really got me thinking about my own tea lifestyle journey—where I am and where do I want to go.

I started my journey by simply making the commitment to take five minutes each day for tea and meditation. I had some days that didn’t go as planned and some days that really inspired me to keep moving forward.

I’ve learned quite a bit about myself as well as meditation over the last twenty-four days.

Here are just a few of the things that I’ll take away from this experience:

1. Once I really set my mind to do something and let go of trying to be perfect, I can accomplish amazing things.

2. When I allow my passion to be my compass, I can keep moving forward even when it seems like the forces of the Universe are working against me.

3. The key to meditation is to find the space between my thoughts, to find the gap, and to allow myself to fall into it.

4. Alert peacefulness can be experienced in many ways, from sipping tea to creating art.

It All Started with One Small Step:

I’m feeling ready for something bigger, for the next step on my tea lifestyle journey.

For many years, I had wanted to live a more natural and holistic life, which I touched on briefly in my first post in this series, but I could never seem to find my groove. I’d start down the path of transformation, only to find myself back-peddling towards old habits.

By beginning with the small step of taking five minutes each day for tea and meditation, I feel like I’ve conquered some invisible foe; that thing that kept me from moving towards the lifestyle that I truly desired.

Now, I am feeling energized to take the next step. However, that next step is a little fuzzy because there is so much I want to change. I know that I need to chunk it down and make it doable.

I think my mission for the next few days will be to simply spend time contemplating and meditating about where I want to go from here.

Trying to Avoid Cliff Jumping:

I’m going to avoid leaping into just anything that “feels right” in the moment. I’ve found that this strategy can work, but more often than not, I’ve found myself back to square one because I didn’t take the time to set the intention and create a plan.

Imagine jumping off a cliff and hoping for the best, then half-way down realizing that it might have been a good idea to pack a parachute!

Perhaps, this is a bit dramatic, but I think it illustrates what happens when I fail to plan before leaping.

Although, I have to admit, that I can go to the other extreme and think about something forever, and fail to take action.

Knowing this about myself, I am limiting the amount of time I spend considering my options. I am going to take the next couple days to mull things over, make a decision and then take action.

The End and A New Beginning:

It has certainly been a wonderful experience doing this twenty-four day series on alert peacefulness as part of my tea lifestyle journey. I hope you’ve found a nugget or two of good information.

I know my journey has really just begun, but I am excited for what lies ahead. I have no doubt, it will be truly amazing.

This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

Amy

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Day 1: Exploring Alert Peacefulness One Day at a Time

Day 2: When Life Throws You a Curve Ball Make Tea

Day 3-7: Stay Aware of What You Are Doing Right

Day 8-10: Starting the Day with Meditation

Day 11-14: Dealing with My Monkey Brain

Day 15: Learning to Meditate Not as Easy As It Looks

Day 16: Meditation Techniques for Beginners

Day 17: Video Art Meditations

Day 18: Meditating to the Sounds of Nature

Day 19: Visualization Meditation

Day 20: Relaxing Nature Sounds for Meditation

Day 21: Meditating to Sounds of the Jungle

DAY 22: Short Guided Meditations

Day 23: Experimenting with Guided Meditations

Experimenting with Guided Meditations

Meditating Stones

DAY 23 of Tea and Meditation:

Yesterday, I had written about some guided meditations I had discovered on The Chopra Center online library. I thought I’d try one out today for my tea and meditation time.

I decided to try the “Awaken Your Creativity” guided meditation. However, the link actually took me to a guided meditation for “How to Get What You Really Want.” After getting over my momentary disappointment, I settled in and gave this particular audio my full attention.

How to Get What You Really Want Guided Meditation:

The audio is a brief fifteen minutes and starts with a body scan, or passive muscle relaxation (does not involve tensing the muscle as required in the progressive muscle relaxation technique).

By the time the body scan is complete, I’m feeling superbly relaxed. I am then gently guided to feel the flow of energy all around and within me. This creates a subtle awareness of being connected with something larger than myself.

This is when the audio directs me to ask, “What do I really want?” However, there is not enough silence for me to listen for the answer. The guide fills the silence by giving several examples of things that we might want to ask for, which I personally found a bit distracting.

The audio then encourages me to choose one action I can implement today. But once again, the lack of silence impedes my ability to find the answer from within. Next, I am told to let go of any attachment I might have to the outcome.

At this point I notice the statement, “ …move in the direction of creation.” I wondered if this was why the link was called: Awaken Your Creativity. Perhaps this particular phrase was used to refer to the idea that we can create whatever we desire when we are in alignment with the field of pure potentiality.

That sounds really cool, but I’ll be honest, I’m not a true believer.

Struggling to Believe:

I really, really want to believe that anything is possible and that I can create whatever I want for my life. On some level I do believe this to be true, but then there is a part of me that says this is all a bunch of feel-good malarkey to help me feel a little better about my current circumstances.

Although, the alternative—to feel crappy about my life—isn’t exactly appealing, so I guess I’ll try a little harder to trust that the Universe wants for me, what I want for myself.

Now, if I can just figure what I really want…

Despite the lack of silent pauses in the audio, I think I’ll be listening to this guided meditation several more times. Maybe someday I’ll even be a true believer. For now, I am happy with just experiencing a little more alert peacefulness in my day.

This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

Amy

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Day 1: Exploring Alert Peacefulness One Day at a Time

Day 2: When Life Throws You a Curve Ball Make Tea

Day 3-7: Stay Aware of What You Are Doing Right

Day 8-10: Starting the Day with Meditation

Day 11-14: Dealing with My Monkey Brain

Day 15: Learning to Meditate Not as Easy As It Looks

Day 16: Meditation Techniques for Beginners

Day 17: Video Art Meditations

Day 18: Meditating to the Sounds of Nature

Day 19: Visualization Meditation

Day 20: Relaxing Nature Sounds for Meditation

Day 21: Meditating to Sounds of the Jungle

DAY 22: Short Guided Meditations

Short Guided Meditations

Guided Meditation Flower

DAY 22 of Tea and Meditation:

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Today, I was thinking about guided meditation. I actually have a couple guided meditation CDs that I’ve listened to once or twice; now they’re just collecting dust.

I’m not sure why I’ve never gone back to them, but it’s most likely that I just never made the time. They are both an hour long and I am scarcely making time for a measly five minutes of meditation each day.

So, I set out looking for some shorter guided meditations and I found several on The Chopra Center website—a name I trust.

I know it’s silly, but when it comes to dealing with my subconscious mind, I really don’t want dodgy people playing around in there.

This suspicious attitude may have begun many moons ago when I had read a book about subliminal advertising for a high school project. To this day, I can still recall that I found the topic both fascinating and disturbing. Yet, this experience has encouraged me to be vigilant when it comes to protecting what passes through the golden gates of my unconscious mind.

Okay, so back to the guided meditations I found on Deepak Chopra’s website…

There are several free guided meditations to choose from including topics on: abundance, creativity, empowerment, global peace, healing, inner fire and summer love.

If these sound intriguing to you, here is the direct link: Guided Meditations

I’ve only just begun listening to these guided meditations. I’m thinking that I may even listen to several of them over the next few days. I’ll see what tomorrow brings on my tea and meditation journey.

This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

 

 

Day 1: Exploring Alert Peacefulness One Day at a Time

Day 2: When Life Throws You a Curve Ball Make Tea

Day 3-7: Stay Aware of What You Are Doing Right

Day 8-10: Starting the Day with Meditation

Day 11-14: Dealing with My Monkey Brain

Day 15: Learning to Meditate Not as Easy As It Looks

Day 16: Meditation Techniques for Beginners

Day 17: Video Art Meditations

Day 18: Meditating to the Sounds of Nature

Day 19: Visualization Meditation

Day 20: Relaxing Nature Sounds for Meditation

Day 21: Meditating to Sounds of the Jungle

Meditating to Sounds of the Jungle

Tiger Jungle

DAY 21 of Tea and Meditation

You’re in the jungle baby!

And I’m not talking about the concrete jungle that Guns & Roses had etched upon the minds of a whole generation, but the actual sounds of the jungle in stereo.

For my tea and mediation time, I’ve been really loving the natural sounds of a tropical rainforest. There is something quite soothing about hearing nature’s orchestra.

I actually found a twenty-six minute video on YouTube that I’m listening to right now as I write. If you’re interested, here is the link: Amazon Rainforest (no music)

Instead of actually watching the computer screen while listening to this video, I like to close my eyes and imagine I am right there in the jungle surrounded by lush green flora, exotic creatures and ancient runes—Indiana Jones style.

Why Tea Helps You Stay Alert While Meditating:

Speaking of closing my eyes, today, while listening to the sounds of the jungle, I discovered the benefit of holding a warm cup of tea while meditating.

As I was enjoying the peaceful sounds of the rainforest, I started to feel my eyelids get heavy. I nearly slipped into slumber, but the warmth of my teacup in my hands reminded me that I needed to stay attentive and focused. It was definitely a moment of alert peacefulness.

And, hey, I got to remain vigilant in case any tigers creep up on me!

This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

Amy

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Day 1: Exploring Alert Peacefulness One Day at a Time

Day 2: When Life Throws You a Curve Ball Make Tea

Day 3-7: Stay Aware of What You Are Doing Right

Day 8-10: Starting the Day with Meditation

Day 11-14: Dealing with My Monkey Brain

Day 15: Learning to Meditate Not as Easy As It Looks

Day 16: Meditation Techniques for Beginners

Day 17: Video Art Meditations

Day 18: Meditating to the Sounds of Nature

Day 19: Visualization Meditation

Day 20: Relaxing Nature Sounds for Meditation

Relaxing Nature Sounds for Meditation

Rainforest

DAY 20 of Tea and Meditation:

After spending an hour looking for the perfect nature sounds to listen to for my tea and meditation time, I finally found some wonderful selections on Amazon.com that I downloaded as MP3 files to my computer.

My favorite selections is Ancient Woodland by Calmsound. I’m listening to it right now in fact, and it is highly relaxing to listen to even as I sit here and type. It’s as if I am out in the forest miles away from civilization.

The selections I found are simply sounds of nature, without music. I find music distracting when I am trying to meditate, or concentrate matter.

Below, you’ll find some of the other nature sound albums I found on Amazon.com that I thought offered some good choices.

As a caveat, I found a couple of the selections to be a bit spooky. There was one that kept giving me goosebumps. I guess I’ve watched too many horror movies that involve the outdoors! Can you say ki-ki-ki…ma-ma-ma?  Sorry, I couldn’t help myself! I’ve seen too many Friday the 13th movies over the years.

Anyway, forget about Lake Crystal and enjoy the beauty of nature with these albums, that is if haven’t freaked you out. I think I’m going to go hide under the covers now:

This is just a small sample of the pure nature sounds available for immediate download from Amazon.com! I love how easy Amazon.com makes it to download your selection, plus you can preview a sample before choosing to purchase.

This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

Amy

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Day 1: Exploring Alert Peacefulness One Day at a Time

Day 2: When Life Throws You a Curve Ball Make Tea

Day 3-7: Stay Aware of What You Are Doing Right

Day 8-10: Starting the Day with Meditation

Day 11-14: Dealing with My Monkey Brain

Day 15: Learning to Meditate Not as Easy As It Looks

Day 16: Meditation Techniques for Beginners

Day 17: Video Art Meditations

Day 18: Meditating to the Sounds of Nature

Day 19: Visualization Meditation

Visualization Meditation

River Rocks

DAY 19 of Tea and Meditation:

I have the I’ve-got-stuff-to-do-blues today.

Saturday is supposed to be a day to relax, forget about the work week, and do something fun. But, it’s actually a work day for me, by choice, if the truth be told.

I’ve often thought that I should choose one day a week to do absolutely nothing, just enjoy the day and do whatever tickles my imagination. It would be good for me, I think.

I inevitably end up with the I’ve-got-stuff-to-do-blues, which causes me to feel on edge and slightly overwhelmed.

Today, during my five minutes of tea and meditation, I tried something a little different.

I sat down with a warm cup of tea and closed my eyes. Then I tried to visualize all the anxiety flowing up and out of my body. If I could have taken a picture of what I saw in my mind’s eye, it would have looked as if a geyser was shooting up into the air from my head!

Regardless of the amusing imagery, I could almost sense my breath and heartbeat slow down. I do believe in the power of visualization and am thinking that I should explore this area a bit more.

For today, it was an interesting experiment that provided another avenue towards alert peacefulness.

This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

Amy

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Day 1: Exploring Alert Peacefulness One Day at a Time

Day 2: When Life Throws You a Curve Ball Make Tea

Day 3-7: Stay Aware of What You Are Doing Right

Day 8-10: Starting the Day with Meditation

Day 11-14: Dealing with My Monkey Brain

Day 15: Learning to Meditate Not as Easy As It Looks

Day 16: Meditation Techniques for Beginners

Day 17: Video Art Meditations

Day 18: Meditating to the Sounds of Nature

Meditating to the Sounds of Nature

Snow River

DAY 18 of Tea and Meditation:

I often have difficulty sitting in silence for my tea and meditation time because there are just too many auditory distractions. As a result, it is challenging to focus on the moment and reach that state of alert peacefulness.

However, today I came across a simple video that really helped me to fall into that space between thoughts and momentarily forget the din of the world.

Even though yesterday’s video was beautiful and relaxing, it also encouraged me to focus on the imagery and music instead of my inner self.

On Day 16 I had written about the purpose of meditation from Deepak Chopra’s perspective. He stated that meditation is about tuning in, not tuning out. I think the video from yesterday was a great way to get away from it all, which has its own benefits, but it really didn’t allow me to connect with my inner self or spirit.

The video I found today is purely nature sounds. It is a recording of water rushing downstream. There is just something about nature that makes me feel connected and at peace.

If you’d like to view this YouTube video just click here. Oh, this video does have an advertisement at the beginning and the end, which can be a bit annoying. But, once you get past the ad, you’ve got ten minutes of uninterrupted relaxing video.

Until I can find a DVD or CD to purchase with purely nature sounds and no music, I think I’ll take advantage of the free videos online.

This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

Amy

Photo Credit: Zach Dischner – via Flickr CC Attribution License

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Day 1: Exploring Alert Peacefulness One Day at a Time

Day 2: When Life Throws You a Curve Ball Make Tea

Day 3-7: Stay Aware of What You Are Doing Right

Day 8-10: Starting the Day with Meditation

Day 11-14: Dealing with My Monkey Brain

Day 15: Learning to Meditate Not as Easy As It Looks

Day 16: Meditation Techniques for Beginners

Day 17: Video Art Meditations