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!
The Physical: With its diuretic properties, Nettle has been used for a variety ailments and conditions; it has been found to benefit the kidneys, liver and adrenal glands, as well as the lungs and digestive system. With its soothing properties, peppermint is often used to help in alleviating stomach upset, as well as problematic gastrointestinal disorders, such as Irritable Bowel Disorder.
The Transcendental: Used to ward off evil and negative energies, Nettle offers protection against danger, while Peppermint is utilized for its healing properties. Peppermint also aids in attracting good luck and prosperity.
What 3 negative energies (this can be anything that is bringing you down/causing stress/things you’ve been putting off) have you found yourself tolerating more so than is necessary? These are your Tolerations.
In a notepad, list your tolerations; by simply writing these down, you are gaining an awareness of things that can be bringing unwanted negative stress to your life; examples could include: procrastinating on scheduling an appointment with your doctor, not getting the exercise/relaxation you had promised yourself, or continuing with a relationship that constantly leaves you feeling drained. Being aware of your tolerations is the first step to ridding yourself of negative energies and clearing your mind.
When you are ready, create a list of your solutions to your tolerations (these are your Next Steps); for example:
I’ve been procrastinating on scheduling a doctor’s appointment – Schedule appointment
For more complex tolerations, you might have a range of Next Steps, example:
I’ve been continuing with a relationship (this could be with a friend, a colleague or boss, or your significant other) that constantly leaves me feeling drained –
1. What is it about the relationship that is draining me? What needs to change? How have I already worked towards resolving this? What can I do differently? Write your answers to these questions.
2. Talk to the other person; work to express my needs/wants. Listen to his/her needs/wants. Together, discuss what works for both of us; we might have to compromise.
3. Continue with open dialogue, so that we are both working towards meeting our needs and wants.
4. If tolerations are becoming intolerable and nothing is changing, recognize that perhaps the relationship has run its course and it’s time for me to take the path that leads away from this relationship towards a new, positive direction.
Clearing your mind and life of negativity will open the door for positivity.
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.
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