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10/28/2020 2 Comments
If you would like to listen along:
My tea leaves are telling me:
"Being present with what I have
may conjure just enough gratitude
to get me to the next moment".
For longer than I would actually like to say, I’ve had my loose leaf teas
wrapped up, tucked away, and remorsefully, out of reach.
I would bring them out for the occasional steep--usually on one of my drink-more-tea-kicks--
or to have a teapot or two with company.
I find it perplexing how “significance” and “insignificance” have strong proclivities
to precipitate similar behaviors in us humans.
Reverence, quite like irreverence, can to create
d i s t a n c e ,
and d i s t a n c e can sometimes lead to
My attempts to be reverential and prudent with the nouns of my life--beyond just my tea--has actually lead to dismission,
and lack of appreciation,
for not only these,
but also parts of myself.
And yet, 2020 has shed a new spectrum of light on these very internal & external dynamics of
appreciation and importance.
getting close to what is close
& taking life one moment at a time
has been imperative for the majority of us.
This practice of reacquainting myself with the once revered and neglected leaves carves out a moment in my day where I'm reminded to get back
in arms-length of who I am;
intentionally unwrap myself and reflect on the precious-forgotten aspects of my life.
It is a time where I can practice re-incorporating that tucked-away appreciation, even on the days when it feels hard;
an opportunity to ponder how my behaviors reflect the reverence I have for the close & distant nouns of my life
--beyond just my tea--
and make a micro-"special occasion" within the not-so-ordinary-everydays
we've all been experiencing.
These mindful attempts have helped me to get to the next moment with gratitude
--as uncertain as that next moment may be.
I truly hope you are thriving, friends.
But if you are one of the many to just be surviving this year,
I hope you have found, or will find, whatever it is that helps to get to the next moment, with whatever amount of gratitude that can be mustered; whatever it is that might assist you in getting closer to the precious-and-yet-circumstantially-distant parts of yourself and your life
that this year may have created.
May your literal or figurative tea leaves voice
"Peace and Presence"
to you & yours
in this moment & the uncertain moments to come.
This creative and conversational memoir style of blogging is embellished with photographs, sprightly texts, and gentle listening features. May these entries be as cathartic to read & to hear as they have been to conceive & to share.