In our on-the-go lives, we must remember to take the time to stop to reflect and rejuvenate. Me Time, Tea Time brings you a different tea recipe, in each post, along with a simple reflection activity that will allow you to build awareness of your life – your needs, your wants, your goals and your purpose. This is Me Time, Tea Time … for your Mind, Body & Soul. Enjoy!
This week’s Me Time, Tea Time recipe is:
The Physical: Red Clover Blossom has been used to treat respiratory conditions including bronchitis, asthma, whooping cough and coughs associated with a cold, flu, or allergies. This small purple flower is rich in isoflavones that can induce estrogen-like effects on the body; as such, is has also been utilized to alleviate symptoms associated with menopause. Renowned for its ability to induce a feeling of relaxation, Chamomile is perhaps best known for its use in promoting sleep. Other benefits include its ability to ease stomach cramps, and with its anti-inflammatory properties, it has been found useful in treating a variety of skin irritations and conditions.
The Transcendental: A type of clover, Red Clover Blossom attracts good luck, love and prosperity, while Chamomile enhances peace and tranquility.
Prosperity can mean something different to everyone; we don’t all desire to be prosperous in exactly the same way.
On a sheet of paper, draw a circle. Next, divide the circle into 8 segments (one for Health, one for Family & Friends, one for Business/Career, one for Social Life/Recreation, one for Romance, one for Finances, one for Home Environment, one for Personal Growth). Your circle should now resemble something like a pie chart.
In the center of your circle, where all the lines intersect, write the number zero.
At the outer circumference of your circle write the number ten.
You have now created your ‘Wheel of Life’. Consider the balance and/or prosperity, on a scale of 0 – 10 (with 0 being the worst and 10 being the best), that you currently have in your life for each segment (Health, Family & Friends, Business/Career etc.)
In each segment, draw a curved line that corresponds to your level of balance and/or prosperity that you have in your life relating to that specific section. For example, if you’re currently facing some health challenges, your curved line will be closer to the zero within your ‘Health’ segment, and if you’re happy with your current financial standings, your curve will be nearer the ten in your ‘Finances’ section.
Once you have completed your Wheel of Life Self-Assessment, take some time to reflect. What does your wheel look like? Is it how you’d expected it to look? Is it how you’d hoped it would look? In what areas of your life would you like to work towards greater prosperity?
Life is a journey; it is going to deal us ups and downs, but if you are seeing more downs where you want ups, you have it within your power to assess that area of your life and to then take the steps that can get you to where you want to be.
From Me Time, Tea Time and until next time, enjoy your tea, take time to reflect, offer kindness, find the good, live life, love life and be happy!
Disclaimer: Before consuming any herbs, or tea ingredients that are new to you, consult with your physician; if you are taking any medications, be certain to discuss potential herb-drug interactions.
Please note: The uses/properties of above ingredients are only partially listed; for a more comprehensive understanding of uses/properties of herbs and other natural ingredients, please discuss with a herbalist or a naturopathist. Herbs can be purchased at a natural food store; alternatively, they can be bought through an apothecary.