Grounding Tea Ceremony

I did a great grounding ceremony today that apparently Tarchan Hearn teaches ( I couldn’t find a reference online) where just as with the raisin activity in the blog above (thank you Permaculture Tales!) you do the same with a cup of tea; engage all of the senses and really take your time to take each sip…..then it was beautiful to imagine the tea as symbolising peace and offering this to yourself and to the world. Thanks Sue….I aim to put this into place with my cups of tea!

the permaculture tales

This week I went to a workshop on Tasting Mindfulness, organised by Tasting the Future. I’d booked onto the workshop as it was billed as an introduction to mindful eating and how it links to sustainable food. Mindfulness and sustainable food are two things I am very interested in so this seemed like synchronicity. I am also currently thinking about how I can integrate mindfulness into my permaculture diploma.

The workshop was led by Rachel Lilley, who it turns out has a background in permaculture. She took us through some simple mindful eating exercises. We started with a raisin – a little morsel with hidden depths. From looking, touching, smelling, tasting to slowly eating, I experienced a raisin like never before! Eating in this way brings forward all the nuances of flavour and texture, which are hard to taste and feel when you are wolfing down a meal.

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Not So Mindful Monday!!

I was walking along with my kids one Monday evening and with a jolt out of my inner ramblings I realised the river had flowed the day before!!    We had celebrated the rain and hoped the river would flow…..but somehow we had ended up relishing a wet, cool day at home and not gone anywhere!

Immediately I began internally beating myself up….how could I  NOT have noticed the weather outside, how could we have missed such a momentous occasion here in the desert… could I have been so UNmindful!!!

And so the inner harsh ramblings continued as my kids explored this fascinating, moist environment and only once I got to the top of the hill and looked out over the range and saw a stunning sunset spiking through clouds  was I able to wake up!  Here I am beating myself up about NOT being mindful yesterday and I am MISSING a chance to be mindful right here right now!!!!

Deep breath, relax the shoulders, take in the sunset, the sound of cicadas, the birds, be grateful to be right here right now, with my kids and this glorious landscape……….and …we’ll see the river run next time!!!!

Mindful Breathing really helped me get through a very intense weekend with the extended family, thank you for these wise words!  I am loving reading Thich Nhat Hahn’s book FEAR (that I found at the airport bookshop on the weekend) with such practical strategies on how to be mindful and honour and reassure ourselves around our fears. 🙂


sitting2Our breathing is a stable solid ground that we can take refuge in. Regardless of our internal weather- our thoughts, emotions and perceptions- our breathing is always with us like a faithful friend. Whenever we feel carried away, or sunken in a deep emotion, or scattered in worries and projects, we return to our breathing to collect and anchor our mind. We feel the flow of air coming in and going out of our nose. We feel how light and natural, how calm and peaceful our breathing functions. At any time, we can return to this peaceful source of life.

Thich Nhat Hahn

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Very important for this time of year, thank you Karl!


cat sunlight2It is very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus and find creative solutions to problems. We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.

Thich Nhat Hahn

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