Winter, Warmth and Tea

The impending snow storm here in Rochester NY is making me dream about spring and brighter days. I have always resisted this time of year. In January I start counting the days until the official day of spring. Spring is a joyful time of year. I love watching the first crocuses and daffodils peak out from the mulch in our front yard. The best part is watching our tree lined street bloom into a gorgeous green halo.

During my practice of meditation and mindfulness, I’ve learned that the downside of resisting the here and now, is it that we miss the here and now.
Instead of wishing for spring or an island vacation, I’ve started practicing a new tea ritual for wellness. This ritual has made winter feel a bit more charming, cozy and colorful. It has also given me a new sense of winter joy I have never felt before. I hope it does the same for you!

Tea & Warmth
Tea Tip: At the end of a long work week, take a tea bath, light a candle and sip a cup of Tumeric Tulsi to soothe tired muscles and joints.

Turmeric Tulsi
This soothing blend is made with certified organic tumeric root, certified organic green rooibos, tulsi(holy basil), unsulphured apple, orange peel, certified organic ginger root, cardamom, cinnamon and Brazilian rose pepper.

Light a Candle
Light a candle and run the water for a tea bath! During the bath, sip your tea. Breath slowly and deeply. Use this time for silence, meditation and introspection. When anxious thoughts creep into your mind, focus on your breath and continue to sip your tea.

Try this lovely candle from The Serendipitous Soul

DIY Bath Tea Sachet
In the early days of Tealightful we had a gorgeous line of bath tea. We were a bit ahead of our time, DIY bath tea recipes are currently all the rage. Enjoy our simple recipe and DO try this at home.

Peace Potion

Lavender Peace Potion Bath Tea 
Ingredients:
2 cups Lavender Epsom Salt
1/2 cup Tealightful Peace Potion (Made with three certified organic herbs: Peppermint, Raspberry Leaf and Chamomile)

Directions:
Mix Epsom salt with dry tea. Fill extra large tea filter with 1/2 cup of bath tea. Tuck the flap so the tea does not leak or tie it with a small rubber band. Soak the tea filter in your bath. Inhale the beautiful herbal aroma while you sip Turmeric Tulsi or any Tealightful herbal tea.

Warming rituals have a unique perspective in the winter. It’s a time when sipping hot tea, in a hot bath by candle light might just be what the doctor ordered. I hope that you will take time to embrace tea, embrace warmth and find your own winter joy!

10 Day Joy Challenge!

Tea + Simple Pleasures = JOY!

10 Day Joy Challenge!
There are 352 days left in 2019! How’s it going so far? If you’re like me, you aren’t quite sure. You have real intentions of making lifestyle changes that will bring you joy, yet somehow you haven’t figured out how to start.


Getting Started
What if starting was as easy as blocking out time for a cup of tea? Could you rearrange your planner to find time in your day for lunch and two mini tea breaks?

I’m Booked!
We have all heard the suggestion to schedule less. The idea is that if you schedule less, you will have more time for what you want to do vs. what you have to do. Sadly, extra time seems to magically disappear when it’s not booked. Instead of scheduling less could you book time with yourself for a few mini tea breaks?

Tea + Simple Pleasures = Joy!
Join our journey! For the next 10 days, I will share tips about how to use tea and simple pleasures to create moments of JOY in your everyday life. Invite anyone who would like to take this journey with you.

These tips will …
– Give you something to look forward to everyday!
– Help you live intentionally.
– Help you embrace the season of winter.
– Give you tools for more a restful sleep.
– Help you make healthy choices!
– Help you choose…JOY!

The Good News…
1. It’s Free
2. It’s Easy
3. It’s going to be empowering, rewarding, and fun…(we promise)!

Join me on our official Facebook page each day starting Monday, January 14. I can’t wait to share this journey with you!

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Keep in 2018

“I want to lose 25 pounds.”

“I am going to become vegan.”

“I am going to the gym 5 days a week.”

It seems like so many of us set very lofty goals – or resolutions – when we turn the page to January on the new calendar. All you need to do is watch the morning news shows or catch the gym ads on television to know that NOW is when so many people plan to start fresh for the new year.

So many of the goals focus on health. That is not a bad thing. I often wonder — and science seems to validate– that we are setting ourselves up for failure. Once we hit February and March, the resolutions we set January 1 are often broken, leaving us with feelings of guilt and self doubt.

What if — just what if — we resolved to be KIND to ourselves in 2018? How would we feel when the end of the year rolls around?

Let’s talk about some self-care resolutions that we all should make (and keep!) in the New Year. Who would like to join me?

1. Resolve to speak to yourself the way you speak to others.

Think about it. I want you to step back and think of the words you are speaking to yourself about yourself in your head. “Ugh. I ate like a pig over the holidays. My clothes look horrible. I look horrible.” Would you ever think to speak those words to a loved one? No. So why is it, then, that we can think such unkind thoughts and tell ourselves such unkind words? What would happen if we changed that dialog? Replace “I could never”, “I am not”, “If I were smarter/thinner/prettier/stronger” with words that build you up rather than tear your down. If you would not speak unkindly to your loved ones, why on earth would you speak poorly to yourself?

2. Resolve to be true to yourself.

Have you seen the graphic floating around on social media which reads, “Be fearlessly authentic”? When I say be TRUE to yourself, that pretty much sums up what I mean. Do you kind of just go with the flow for fear of rocking the boat, even if it means you are unhappy? I have a friend who used to be in a couple’s sporting league. She hated those three hours per weekend, yet she continued acting like she enjoyed it because she did not want to disappoint her friends. Finally, she confessed the she absolutely dreaded playing the sport and decided not commit to another season.

By disguising her true feelings, she was pretending to enjoy something she didn’t enjoy. She started to feel resentful, stressed out, and mad at herself for not saying anything. By remaining true to her heart, she decided to say no to activity she did not enjoy and said yes to herself. She still sees her friends, but has freed up time to enjoy painting classes instead, which is something she enjoys and nourishes her soul. Just be YOU. Your friends will still love you for who you are and will likely appreciate the fact that you love yourself enough to live more fully.

3. Resolve to spend less time on your devices.

We are constantly plugged into technology.

It is almost as if we panic at the thought of missing out on something important if we put the phone down. What would happen if you stayed away from social media for an evening?

Would it be the end of the world? Absolutely not.

By spending a few hours unplugged, you will find that you have more time to engage in conversation, play with your children, get lost in the pages of a good book or maybe even head to bed early.

If the thought of cutting that cord seems scary, take baby steps. Schedule hours of being unplugged to focus on your self care. For example, start with just one evening a week. Commit to this small block of time and see what happens.

4. Resolve to try Matcha for improved mental clarity.

Matcha — an antioxidant-rich green tea powder — was introduced to Japan in 1191 by Eisai, a Buddhist monk. Eisai is believed to have planted the first green tea seeds in Japan. He is even more well known for having developed the philosophy known as Zen. Since that time, Matcha and Zen meditation have been intertwined through the tea ceremony. It is believed that Buddhist monks drank Matcha to help them feel grounded and calm with a sense of clarity while meditating for long periods of time. The tradition has continued centuries later.

Matcha is not your typical green tea — it may take ten cups of green tea to give you the benefits of just one cup of Matcha. What is unique about this drink, as opposed to a cup of coffee, is that it is believed to increase your mental clarity while making you feel at peace. Next time you head to the yoga studio, try sipping Matcha — it will allow you to be in the moment while being better able to concentrate on each pose. You can also try Matcha before a big test, presentation at work, or any other time you feel the need for a bit more focus.

5. Resolve to show your gratitude more often.

The greatest gift you can give a person is your gratitude. Making someone feel loved and appreciated is a true gift. Don’t wait for “later” or a “more convenient time” to show your gratitude for the people you love.

Whether it’s your significant other, parents, friends, your child’s teacher or a neighbor, wouldn’t it be really amazing if you took a moment to show someone your gratitude each day?

There are scientifically-proven benefits to expressing your gratitude. According to a 2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences, people who express their gratitude tend to be healthier. In addition to getting more exercise, they tend to keep up with their regular doctor’s wellness visits, according to the study.

Additionally, Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. says that people who are grateful are less resentful and do not hold on to toxic emotions. His research in the field of gratitude concludes that people who express and feel genuine gratitude are happier overall.