This is the 21st century, and these days, most of us are living fast-paced lives.
We’re constantly on the go. We have jobs to get to and bills to pay. Technology is at our fingertips, and the information intake doesn’t stop. Our kids either have places to go, or we need to keep them busy so they don’t get bored. There’s dinner to make, and there’s the house to clean. And here we are, trying to figure out how to get as much done as possible in the shortest amount of time.
I get it. We’re busy, rushed, and generally functioning in a constant state of stress. This is the society we live in.
While all of the above is true for most people living in the world today, the fact of the matter is that we all have one life to live, and we need to make the most of it before it’s gone. One way to do that is to take small moments throughout the day to slow down, breathe a little, and do something that fuels us.
This is often referred to as the art of slow living, and it truly is an art — something to be practiced daily.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to look back on my life and feel that it has passed me by in a blur — the days turning to months, the months to years, and the years to decades. Instead, I hope to look back and remember spending my days with those I love and feeling that my life was a well-lived one. I don’t think I can say that if I’m barely making it from one day to the next, going non-stop.
One way I’ve chosen to embrace the art of slow living is to incorporate a daily tea time into the rhythm of my days.
Setting aside a time each day to enjoy a cup of tea has likely been a part of many cultures and traditions over the years, but I became familiar with it when I started using Charlotte Mason’s principles to homeschool my boys. This style of homeschooling focuses on high-quality literature, and many Charlotte Mason homeschoolers do their family read-a-loud at what the English refer to as high tea, or sometimes, afternoon tea.
Like most things in life, activities will ebb and flow based on the season of life you are in, and the same goes for creating a daily tea time. I typically create space for my daily tea time after lunch when my four boys and I gather for afternoon homeschool group work, but some days, particularly during our winter break from school, tea time either comes in the early morning or in the evening before bed.
Regardless of when tea time happens, it’s the act of setting aside time each day to slow down and enjoy a warm beverage that is nourishing, not only for my body but my mind and spirit too! This is the magic of having a daily tea ritual!
If you’d like to learn more about slowing your days down and making space for tea, let me personally invite you to join my newest e-course — The Sunday Steep.
In this in-depth three-week course, I’ll lead you on a journey to developing your own daily tea ritual, learning how to formulate your own unique tea blends to suit your needs, discovering how you can share your handcrafted tea blends with those around you, and crafting teas for all seasons and occasions.
Registration is now open for the 2020 session!
Learn more and register here: https://www.growingupherbal.com/shop/the-sunday-steep/