And just like that the World’s merry-go-round has come to a grinding halt. Suddenly, we have all unexpectedly entered a new world of Slo Living. In the coming weeks I will revisit many simple, yet profound gifts that TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Taoism have shared throughout the ages to best manage challenging times. Self care begins with slowing down. All of our To Do lists become amplified in their efficacy and enjoyment when we slow down – Slo cooking, Slo eating, Slo exercising, Slo walking, Slo breathing, Slo playing, Slo working… You get the idea. I will explore how purposefully engaging in slowing down can benefit your body, mind and spirit while we actually have the time to do just that.
“Nature does not hurry. Yet everything is accomplished”. – Lao Tzu
Right now we undeniably have the time to savor the good stuff. Rituals are our lifeblood in this new world. They give us a sense of grounding – of things that haven’t changed. In return, we owe these rituals our newly minted free time.
For me, this is savoring my morning tea. Climbing out of bed towards this indulgence has always been easy. Despite Spring’s insistence of moving forward, tea’s hygge status is a constant.
The ritual begins with the kettle’s rumblings followed by my cat, Puck’s reminder of how patiently he had been waiting for breakfast. But he knows full well how this plays out and will keep waiting impatiently as I lay out the indispensable tools for this daily ritual – a beloved tin teapot from past travels, a teaspoon & strainer, a designated morning mug, and of course the perfectly malty Chinese Yunnan loose tea that I discovered after years of pursuit. The kettle begins to match Puck’s cries. Scout, my forever puppy who cannot grasp the concept of tasks unrelated to her, has joined the cacophony. With timer set, the tea performs its magic for the next 5 minutes while I attend to my fur babies.
After the hungry masses are satiated I return to my tea and admire the perfect brew. And now, the heart of the ritual unfolds as I sit quietly for a while and do nothing but savor it.
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