I Feel the Earth kitchen towels
It’s 3:33 pm at my boarding school in the foothills of the Himalayas. The buzzer sounds, signaling the end of the school day and teatime. A time to exhale. A time to pause and regroup. A time to connect with friends and family.
So different from lunch with the pressure to get to afternoon classes on time and from dinner with study hall and homework looming.
In the school cafeteria we’re served hot chai in slightly greasy plastic glasses.
At home with my family, tea leaves steep in the teapot under an embroidered cozy and I add my own milk and sugar.
Now as an adult, I drink my tea black, making one cup at a time. I pour hot water into my favorite mug for the day and swirl the swoozle (aka a mesh infuser) filled with Golden Nepal tea leaves for a minute or two and I’m good to go.
Regardless of where I am or what I’m doing, I feel like I am sipping liquid relaxation.
How do you create pauses in your day? Leave a comment and let me know. I’d love to hear from you.
Photo credit: Kimberly Lindner
The colors in these I Feel the Earth kitchen towels were inspired by two paintings of gardens. I felt connected to the earth as I wove them. Please take a look and see what vision comes to mind for you.
Tea anytime is my pause. There’s no way I can rush through a cup of tea. I use leaves, so it takes time to steep to the strength I like. Then a little agave and milk in just the right amounts. Next is just holding my mug, feeling the warmth of it, inhaling the tea scent, and anticipating that first sip. It is my little ritual that gently brings me into the Present and I’m grateful for that every time.