Thank you for joining me on my blog space where I will share seasonal bits of wisdom and simple joys. During each season I will be sharing wee morsels from my ebook, The Heart of Blending: An inspired sensory guide for the budding herbalist & tea enthusiast.
The Winter months are blanketing us once again. An inward time where we can rest our minds and bodies in hopes to restore the vital essence of self for the forthcoming Spring. We make efforts to slow down and retreat into the cozy warmth of our homes. Sip on nourishing teas and tisanes that gently provide our bodies with nutrients to enhance our immune systems.
It is during this "Sleeping Season" that we can embark on a quest to gather our dream seeds. Foraging through the tender areas of the imagination where you can pluck daydreams from the skies and stand before still waters of self reflection. There is a palpable shift in mood this time of year. The natural rhythms of the season encourage us to pause and reflect on who we are and what we are to become.
But oh, this mood. A crystalline pool of introspection. Look deep into yourself and can see all those lives lived. Those moments where lessons were learned and the light bulb went off! Those moments of pain and suffering that were really a gift of strength in disguise. Smiles, joy, tears, pleasure, birth and death. The ebb and flow, the wax and wane.
As we embark on the beginning of a new year-I challenge you to look into the reflective surfaces around you and look into the eyes of the person staring back at you.
Don't get caught up in the self criticisms or imperfections. Just look at yourself.
What stories have been written in your life lines this past year?
What dream seeds are you planting for the year ahead?
There is a beautiful glimmer of light that perches in the soul this time of year. Outside we see the twinkle of lights, the sparkle of frost covered grounds, fires crackling in the fireplace can serve as a reminder to nourish the flame that burns within us.
The energy of Winter can be likened to a seed. An acorn is not an oak tree; however, it contains the potential of becoming an oak tree. The potential of becoming is our destiny. With the hustle and bustle of holiday festivities we can become distracted by the outward goings-on and forget that the brilliant fire within our hearts still needs to be stoked.
Time indoors can be used to feed that flame so that once spring rolls around we have nourished the spirit enough to pursue our goals and see our dream seeds take root.
Recipe: Gingerbread Man
This sweet and spicy brew is a wonderful sweet evening cuppa when the world outside is cold and grey.
Based on my moms gingerbread cookies recipe. Every holiday season she makes gingerbread cookies. The house fills with the scent of blackstrap molasses and ginger. My mom has only shared the secret spice mixture with me and I keep that proprietary in this blend...until now.
Tip: To really invoke the magic of this brew, try adding a thimble or two of molasses. Stir in well and a touch of cream is also a delightful.
1 part Orange Peel
1 part Allspice
1 part Clove Bud
1 part Pink Peppercorn
.5 parts Vanilla Bean
3 parts Rooibos
2 parts Ginger Root
2 parts Sweet Cinnamon Chips
1 part Candied Ginger
1 part Chicory
Winter Tea Meditation
One of my favorite way to enjoy a cup of tea is to get lost in the surface reflections. I will watch as the sky, trees, birds & clouds become mirrored on the nectar's surface. Sometimes I will gently tap the side of the cup to cause ripples that produce a shift in the perspective of the reflection. You can do this simple meditation by sitting near a window and placing your cup on the window ledge. My preferred way is to bundle up and take my tea outside.
Another addition to this beautiful introspective meditation is to rest your gaze on your own reflection. If you position your cup just right, you can see yourself reflected on the surface of your tea. To see a reflection of yourself can bring up a myriad of emotions. A internal dialogue begins. Take a moment to sit with this. Dean Koontz wrote,
“There’s just something unsettling about studying your reflection. It’s not a matter of being dissatisfied with your face or of being embarrassed by your vanity. Maybe it’s that when you gaze into your own eyes, you don’t see what you wish to see—or glimpse something that you wish weren’t there.”
Can you honor what you see in yourself?
Enjoy your inward time this season & may all your reflections be as beautiful & as authentic as you.
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