#poetry -Vulnerability

Better a word shared than not said at all,

better to stretch, to open to give

than to hide in lonely safety.

We weren’t made to solidify,

to grind to an inevitable halt

to fossilise until we are

merely a record of who we were.

The give may burn

but what rises from the ashes

is a life made pure in love

the connective bond

which calls out our humanity

to live another day.

The 358th year of British #Tea: time for a #mindful pause?

I see Google is celebrating the British cuppa today. Which is a good thing I think. In spite of Britain supposedly falling out of love with tea in favour of coffee, anecdotally, I know loads of people who drink both.

I like most drink coffee out and tea in. Although, i’m bucking the trend and like my teabags round (I also like them fairtrade)…

At the end of the day however, there are less tea drinkers in Britain, and why? Bcause we just cant be bothered. The Independent says:

Tea’s fading popularity is attributed to faster-paced living, a generation gap and a stodgy image. Many people these days do not want to take the time to brew tea, and even fewer will interrupt their busy days for the leisurely, civilized ritual of afternoon tea, a 19th-century invention of Anna, seventh Duchess of Bedford, who decided that tea and cakes were the best antidote to a late afternoon ”sinking feeling.”

But wait, isn’t that the point of a cup of tea? A time in the day where we can stop, and savour the moment rather than rush on by? Perhaps in our modern world we need a touch of old fashioned.

Maybe the humble British brew could in fact help us all not rush headlong into busy oblivion….

And then again perhaps it is just, a nice brew.

#eco #review Soapnuts 

So I have tried various eco washing powders and the like and to be honest, they might be environmentaly friendly but…

They don’t get your clothes clean. Which makes them pretty pointless really.

But then along came Soapnuts. Oh my goodness they actually work. And if you buy them in bulk, they don’t cost any more than any other clothes washing.

I use seven nuts in each wash, and use those seven four times. After which I boil them up and use the liquid as surface cleaner. 

Finally something which my concience and my clothes can be happy about. You can get them at www.soapnuts.co.uk


Drying #mint for #tea and #mindfulness

I like herb tea more and more, especially since I was given this:

It makes the whole thing so much more of a treat. 

And it turns out, drying your own herbs adds to the experience. I know green tea is good for you but that doesn’t stop it tasting too earthy for my liking on it’s own. 

Mint to the rescue. And mint on its own, especially if you pick it and steep it straight away is just heavenly. 

So I thought I would also try drying it. So far, so good:

All this time taken, just for a cuppa you ask?

But the time taken allows me to savour and enjoy my cup of tea in a way slinging a bag in a mug just wouldn’t allow for and it leaves me much more satisfied.

Mindfulness has its uses.