Blueberry tea time…

Welcome dear friend, it is so lovely to have you drop by for our time of reflection…

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Blueberries, flavouring black Ceylon tea is my choice today, taken with Lf milk & a touch of raw sugar.  A Macadamia & honey bar is my treat of deliciousness.

Blueberries are great boosters to our immune system & make this particular tea blend very satisfying & healthy at the same time! I have a little Blueberry bush growing in my garden, the bush gets full of plump juicy little dark blueberries, just ripe for picking, when a sneaky little Wattle bird decides to have a feast & I am left with only a few! Oh well, she finds our garden a haven in which to raise her chicks, so I don’t really mind. We also have a Macadamia orchard in the area, these trees flourish here in Australia, my absolute favorite in the nut family, combined with honey this sweet bar is perfect with this tea blend…

We glean so much in childhood from the positive examples around us…don’t you think….I grew up in a home that followed God’s principles & was taught in schools that gave reverence, awe & respect to Him.

The positive legacies left to us from those who have gone before are also very important & influential (enjoy reading Ginger tea time…)… Some of the blessed legacies I gained from my grandparents, were knowing my father’s parents met at a church picnic. And observing my mother’s parents loving & honoring God in their lives. I was fascinated to hear the story of my great Aunt spending her adult life helping & ministering to those suffering from leprosy on a remote Island in the Pacific, where she ultimately gave her life, surrounded by those same sufferers, who had grown to love her.

While these examples & legacies are very positive signposts for us on the road of faith…we were created for a unique relationship with our Creator & each of us has an invitation to go on our own spiritual journey to find that personal relationship with Him…this search may take some to exotic destinations (mine was to Penang Island, Malaysia), some will experience distractions & get side tracked, some will of their own choosing take alluring detours along the way, while others will remain in safer locals….or procrastinate…

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But the name on the ticket to this adventure is your’s alone, it is not transferable & remains an open ticket only for the time that is allotted to you, it’s your individual journey to choose to travel or not…

A point to reflect upon though…is….none of us know the date, time or place of our final departure, my advice to you my dear friend…is…don’t wait or procrastinate too long. The invitation & ticket for the adventure of your life is there waiting, it has already been paid with a great high price…whether you have got distracted, side tracked, detoured or are yet to begin the journey…He is calling out to you….please enjoy a Hibiscus & Cranberry tea

I can attest that it will be the greatest adventure you will ever have (poetry Wisdom)…Just like the Macadamia & blueberry plants…you too will grow & flourish….When planted in His care…

The honey of the nut bar has my fingers all sticky & the blueberry tea is but a drop in the bottom of my cup now…Until next time…

Jennifer

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Ginger tea time…

How lovely to have you drop by, shall we begin our time of reflection together….

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The aroma of ginger triggers pleasant memories of a time with my father in childhood. When I was 5 years old he taught me how to tell the time with a toy clock that had movable hands. Each night after dinner, he would sit & help me to understand what the numbers & the various position of the hands meant. I eventually came to understand the concept through Dad’s patient tutelage… Dad would often enjoy a Gingernut cookie, an old favorite of his, with a cup of tea at this time.

Ginger root, apple pieces, white & red hibiscus & licorice root are the ingredients for this tea. The tasty treat for today is an Gf Orange & Poppy seed cake with orange sauce. The ginger in the tea is definitely fiery upon the tongue with the first sip but then quickly mellows. It is an enjoyable tea blend & the cake is so moist & delicious…this treat reminds me of my paternal grandmother who would always have delicious freshly baked goodies for our visit.

The passage of time, is a topic that has come into the spotlight in my life… time is such a strange concept to grasp & experience…don’t you think…it seems to go slow & speed up depending on what activities we engage.

I remember many years ago when my grandmother turned 80, I asked her how it felt to be that age. She said that she still felt like the young woman of 25 in spirit but her body just would not cooperate anymore. Adding how incredibly fast that time had passed! I was a busy young Mum back then, so I didn’t understand this concept of time…but now as a grandmother myself with my eldest granddaughter living & working overseas, I grasp exactly what she was conveying & experiencing in the passage of time. I can now attest to the same sentiment! It has gone amazingly fast!

While I have not yet reached octogenarian status, a way to go yet,  the unwelcome tenants (introduced in Vanilla Rooibos Tea)   have caused a rapid increase in how time has affected my body… my hair once deep strawberry blonde is now white, my skin has lost most of its elasticity. Energy & resilience has massively decreased while muscle, joint pain & stiffness have majorly increased. To be able to have a verbal telephone conversation is now on my personal most endangered list!

However, time marches on, it stops for no one…. we need to ask ourselves…. What are we to do with the time that is left to us? This is the great question…isn’t it…

We can look at our circumstances & spiral downward into a thick blanket of despair, spending precious time focusing on the negative or we can look at them from a positive perspective…

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As I look in the mirror, I can choose to see a rapidly aging woman who’s life has been turned upside down by nasty tenants & wonder what time is left to her… or I can look at the reflected image before me…choosing rather to see a woman who has triumphed over many tragedies throughout her life (shared in The Marie Antoinette tea Tea by the sea…  ), one who has been faithful in following her Saviour, encouraging others to also experience His amazing love. A woman who is definitely feeling 25 in spirit but who’s body just won’t cooperate anymore. And if I look very closely I can see past & present generations reflected back at me….

What positive aspects can you chose to see in the image that is reflected before you as you look in the mirror?

You see we leave a legacy… in what we have done with the time that has been given to us…it will be either a legacy of blessing or not, for those who follow.

Have you thought of the legacy you will leave behind……thought provoking isn’t it!

Once again my tea is delightfully consumed, my taste buds are tingling with citrus tangyness & our time has now come to its end…until next time…

Jennifer

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Hibiscus & Cranberry tea

How lovely to have you here for a time of quiet reflection…have you got your beverage & tasty treat…you do, let us begin….

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The main ingredients for my tea blend today are rather unusual; Hibiscus, Apple pieces & Cranberries. I was introduced to this tea last month, a small pack was included in a birthday gift, our twin 3 year old grandsons proudly marched up to me with big smiles on their faces, jointly holding the gift bag for Nanny! Very cute!

As I brew this interesting tea blend in the beautiful cup & saucer of pink, white & gold, also a part of that gift, I am reminded of two things, seasonal & generational change. My tasty treat is a home baked savory cheese & herb muffin with a blob of butter, slowly melting upon its oven warmth, placed on a scalloped, gold edged plate. This tea is a sweet mellow blend, a very enjoyable combination, I can detect the individual ingredients as I sip. It is a perfect accompaniment to my savory muffin…

Reflecting upon seasons & generations, they both signal change…Don’t they…. we are experiencing seasonal changes that come with our Australian Autumn, the cooler weather has begun leaving the sweltering hot summer days behind. It is most welcome, with cooler nights comes a cosy & more restful sleep!

As the generations change, there are some precious things that thankfully don’t… we are left great pearls of wisdom & encouragement by those who have already done the hard yards of life. I was reading one such ancient transcript this morning…It was wisely informing us to take courage & not to be afraid of the things in life that seem overwhelming, because there is always one who is near to help. Let me set the scene for you for this ancient pearl…

Those following Immanuel had gone on ahead to cross the large body of water, they were approximately halfway to their destination when a huge storm suddenly surrounded them, they struggled against the overwhelming power of the storm, wind & waves that fiercely tossed the boat to breaking point….

In the mean time Immanuel, having had an exhausting day, teaching & miraculously feeding five thousand people a delicious picnic, from one child’s lunch, stayed behind to assure all the crowd left safely. As He waved them goodbye, He took time to commune with His Father, before it was time He too was on His way. He left the shore…Walking towards those in the boat, who were now exhausted in their battle against the power of the storm.

Those in the boat saw a figure coming towards them, walking upon the water, they were overwhelmed with terror, as they thought it was a spectre… when Immanuel called out to them, they recognized Him. He calmed both storms, the storm upon the water & the storm of terror in their hearts as He entered their boat. Ref

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As you may have gleaned by now, this ancient wisdom is very real & relevant for us today. There are seasons in our lives that seem overwhelming struggles against storms that toss us into places of terror. These storms can come in the guise of financial struggles, chronic health issues, mental health challenges, difficulties in relationships, the loss of a loved one or something very significant in our life, maybe the consequences of unwise choices or behaviors.  We see Immanuel walking towards us, which may add to our battle anxiety, as we perceive that He is something different to who He is!

He is calling out to us dear friend not to add to our anxiety but because He cares. He has come to calm the storm in our hearts, minds & spirits. Our part is to allow Him to do so… you see He will never force His way into our lives, He is the ultimate gentleman…we need to allow Him into our boat (life) just as the ancients did. What ever condition or circumstance, whether we have known Him for a long period or dont know Him yet, He is the calm for the storm we are battling…

Well my savory muffin is now reduced to only a few crumbs left on the scalloped gold edged plate, my tea has been totally consumed with the taste of cranberries left upon my tongue, until next time…

Jennifer

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The Marie Antoinette tea

Welcome, today is a special day of reflection, I am so glad you dropped by for our time of sharing together…

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I have been given a beautiful gift, by my daughter, personally carried all the way from the Palace of Versailles in France. It is a tea dedicated & blended in Marie Antoinette’s honor, Queen of France 1755 – 1793. It is a black Ceylon tea flavored with apples & roses picked from the King’s Kitchen Gardens in Versailles!

As I open the pretty pink & gold box, I am meet with the beautiful sweet fragrance of freshly cut roses.  I brew the tea, I have my regal setting ready, used for special occasions, a treat of Gf double choc brownie with fresh strawberries awaits.

I lift the cup to have the first taste of this royal blend, the brewed fragrance is now a mixture of sweet apples & roses, melding with the aromas of chocolate & strawberries. This is a delightful sensory experience, the tea is very delicate & tasty, a very smooth blend, the combination is so pleasing… I pour a second cup, while I enjoy my treat in purposeful reflection…

 

This special occasion is my son Benjamin’s birthday, however he won’t be joining me to celebrate today, as it is also the anniversary of his promotion into eternity. You see he was born sleeping (stillborn) many years ago.

I no longer grieve a life not lived, though I do find myself quiet & thoughtful at this time, each year…I like to remember him in contemplative reflection, with a special cup of tea & a tasty treat…it is healing. You never get ‘over’ the loss of a child or loved one but rather you come to a place of acceptance in processing your grief & live in that acceptance…accepting that he lived within, he died & I am absolutely assured of seeing him again through the promises of being born anew of the Spirit.

Over the ensuing years, I have had the privilege of sharing my story many times, to many people, in many different places both as a guest speaker & personally. However, I had not written about my experience for publishing… in 2017 I launched my second book;

I go to prepare a place for you….John 14 :2*

This is the story of Benjamin & my daughter Candy who were both born sleeping within a year of each other & my near death experience in giving birth to Benjamin.

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The book was written in their memory to honor them. Just as The Marie Antoinette tea has been specifically blended in her honor…& is a delicate blend for a delicious tea experience. This too was very therapeutic, being able to put these important experiences in my life & the lives of my family into a book that blended writing, publishing & hand compilation was a very pleasant healing experience.

It is healthy to grieve a life lost & acknowledge that they are gone from your life, it is okay to honor & remember them, you may like to visit the grave with fresh flowers or be in quiet reflection in the time you set aside for this. You may find writing your story to share with others or just for yourself therapeutic, all this is totally healthy & a normal part of processing grief. These activities remember & honor those who have gone before us & help our own healing.

However, being stuck in any particular area of grief ~ eg. anger, deep sadness, fear of the future without your loved one, blame, denial, regret, or an overwhelming feeling of loneliness, for a prolonged period of time, not processing your grief, isn’t healthy. If you find that this has happened to you, please seek professional help…so you can live the abundant life you were created for & your loved one desired you to live…Tea by the sea…

Well my brownie & strawberries were delicious, our time of reflection together has now come to its end…until next time…

Jennifer

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Iced Wine tea

As I opened the package labeled “Iced Wine tea” the most beautiful aroma filled the air. I was curious & excited, I hadn’t known there was such a tea available, the instructions indicated it could be enjoyed hot or iced, once brewed. The aroma & name of this tea had my expectations rather high for a delightful tea adventure. Welcome to our time of reflection…

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It is a hot summer’s day, I have brewed the tea & placed enticing cupcakes (Recipes) on a pedestal cake stand. My husband, Steve, has his usual Australian black tea & we are sitting surrounded by the beauty of our garden. The preparations are now complete for this anticipated exciting taste adventure…

I pour the cooled amber liquid into my icy glass…I lift it to my lips, closing my eyes to linger in the moment of that very first sip of a new taste…but…my expectations were sadly not met…this tea’s flavor had both an initial & lingering chemical taste that was rather pungent & unpleasant.

This had me pondering upon our reflection today….

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On my own high expectations of this little tea adventure & the desired outcome I had been hoping to experience…

Expectations, are interesting aren’t they…we all have them. We often have expectations of loved ones, relationships, society, ourselves & experiences (like my tea adventure). The problem with expectations, they are constructed from our own perceptions of cultural, familial & personal experience. They involve; a mixture of imaginings, core beliefs, hopes & standards of past experiences & behavior, either positive or negative that have impacted us.

We combine these, to have an anticipated imagined outcome. This can put undue pressure both on the focus of our expectation & upon ourselves. Giving an unrealistic level of expectancy which may result in disappointment. This then may lead to constructing unfair judgements against whatever or whoever has not meet our expectations.

To be fair, there may be circumstances surrounding the practicality of our unmet expectations…in the case of the tea, it may simply be a bad batch or past its prime.  If it’s an unmet expectation of a loved one in our life, they may not be able to meet our expectations because of circumstances in their own lives, that we are not privileged too or it is simply beyond their capacity in this season of their life.

It is absolutely healthy to look forward to the goals, events, experiences, time with loved ones & our personal bests in our lives, even stretching beyond our comfort zones for new personal growth. But it is very unhealthy to have expectations of others & ourselves that can never be met because they are unrealistic & have been constructed in our own imaginings.

So, may we be kinder in our expectations of others & ourselves. May we include actual practicality, understanding, love & respect for another if they can not meet our expectations. May we also include our own realistic personal capacities in what we expect of ourselves & be fluid in the changing seasons of our lives, living our personal bests & enjoying the moments within that season.

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Lastly, may we see the beautiful moments in a tea adventure that wasn’t quite the taste experience that was expected but none the less, was a delightful time, with a loving & caring man in the garden he cultivates. With birds chirping & chortling, delicious cup cakes & companionable times of chatting…until next time…

Jennifer

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Tea by the sea…

Welcome, we are sitting overlooking azure waters of the bay today, the sun is shinning, the birds are chirping & the waves are gently lapping upon the shore, let us begin our time of reflection…

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I have brewed my all time favorite tea blend, Earl Grey. A black tea with bergamot added, a leafy herb that was used as a tea by the early American Indians for sore throats, stomach ailments & colds. My tasty treat is a chocolate covered organic bite with coconut & candied citrus pieces.

Earl Grey tea is the one blend I keep coming back to, I enjoy it everyday mainly with breakfast.  It’s like an old friend, you know exactly what to expect & it never disappoints. Especially in that early part of the day when you need that true & trusted cup that is part of a comforting routine, as you prepare for the day.

I must admit I do find routines very comforting, I particularly realized this after my late husband passed away from brain cancer in 2002. I was living & working on our farm as a wool grower & also as the region’s clinical counselor when he died.  The big drought had just started… Going out to hand feed our large flocks of sheep & checking their water troughs each morning was comforting. I knew what I had to do, to keep my husband’s life work going & I was determined to honor his memory in this way…

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In greener times

After a while though I realized, although these routines were comforting & my intentions honorable, they had also started to be emotionally draining. As I was living another’s dream, my late husband’s, not my own. I came to a point where I knew that I needed to get out of the routines that had initially bought comfort & live the life I had been created to live. His greatest desire for me before he died, was for me to go & live an abundant life after He had passed into glory…I had to ask myself was I living that abundant life?

After much prayer & soul searching, for this was not an easy decision to make, I made preparations both to hand the farm over & to head for my dream & God’s clear direction for my life to the mountains by the seacoast! A short time later I found myself living in the most beautiful seaside paradise, that has been so very healing & restorative for my soul.

So, while I still enjoy comforting cups of Earl Grey tea as part of my morning routine. I no longer try & keep someone else’s dream or life’s work alive but live my own life, abundantly. Trying new tea blends & new little experiences that are healthy for my soul as I go…like starting this blog!

While we are in reflection, ask yourself…are you living the abundant life you were created to live or are you trying to live a life that is or was someone else’s dream for you or them? Yes, it may have started as a comforting routine or a great idea at the time but it has now become unhealthy…

My Earl Grey tea is now finished & the chocolate bite was absolutely delicious! The tide has come in & my shady spot is no longer shady…Until next time…

Jennifer

 

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Chai tea

Welcome, glad you dropped by, I have my tea brewed & tasty treat at hand. Have you got yours, so we can begin our time of reflection together…you do…let us continue…

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I have an old favorite of mine today, a mug of exotically spiced Chai tea brewed on lactose free milk & sweetened with just a dash of honey.  My treat is a small gluten free apple & passionfruit cupcake (Recipes) topped with lemon icing. I am sitting under our front pergola, overlooking the bush reserve  (tall Eucalyptus trees, native shrubs & grassed hilly area) opposite our home.

I first tasted Chai tea when I was a student in New Delhi, India, researching & observing the amazing medical work of an NGO working with Leprosy. The street vendors made their Chai tea on sweetened condensed milk, served in small glasses, very sweet. It was warm & revitalizing, just as it is today, although mine is not as sweet as that first cup but still an explosion of spicy deliciousness upon my tongue. I can taste cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, ginger & the peppery taste of black pepper corns mixed in a base of black tea in each sip.

It is a curious blend for a tea mix. Pepper is normally used for seasoning the savory but here it is used for a sweet spicy tea. Very curious! But it creates a harmoniously balanced & exotic blend that is particularly delicious! I pondered this…

There is a lot of banter around today about positive verses negative, especially in my profession. That we need to always be positive & avoid the negative. Yes, having positive aspects in our lives is very important without doubt, but we also need the balance of the negative to highlight the positive! Just like the pepper corns in amongst the spices, it gives a harmonious balance.

There can be extremes in these of course, too much positivity can become unrealistic, too much negativity can be very oppressive for the soul, neither extreme is healthy. Though, I have come to appreciate those who can see pitfalls ahead.

I can paint you a personal picture of this. I live with a lovely husband who has a temperament that sees potential obstacles ahead & so prepares extremely well beforehand. This wife’s temperament is; let’s go & have an adventure & work out the pitfalls as we meet them. I try & look at life through best case scenario lenses but this is not always wise as there can be dangers ahead that need solid preparation to overcome.  Conversely, too much preparation or analysis of potential obstacles can become overwhelming, leading to procrastination & emotional paralysis.

So, what might be classified as negative by some & seen as a dampener upon enthusiastic plans can be in actual fact a wise analysis, this mixed with the blend of a positive adventurous spirit, leads to a harmonious balance for a fun & safe life adventure together…it’s wise to reassess our perceptions at times & look from different angles or view points…you may be pleasantly surprised in what you find like pepper in sweet spicy tea!

My mug is now empty & only a few crumbs remain of the delicious cupcake…until our next cup of inspiration together…

Jennifer

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Maple tea…

Hi, so glad you dropped by, it’s lovely to have you here for our time together…have you got your favorite beverage & delicious treat ready….Are you in a comfy spot to relax, linger & reflect…

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Maple tea is my choice today, my daughter bought it back as a gift from a recent trip to Canada. I love baking muffins, so my treat for our time together is a Cinnamon & Pecan muffin Tasty treat recipes…, these are particularly delicious slightly warmed with a smidgen of nut butter.

The tea is a black Ceylon tea, flavoured with syrup derived from the sap of the Maple tree. I take mine with LF milk & raw sugar. As I sip, munch & reflect,  I am enjoying the unusual taste of sweet spice, nut earthiness & the aromas of the muffin & tea together. Mmmm delightful!

I think trees are wonderful things they give us so much, I enjoy watching the movement of the wind upon their foliage & I particularly like the fruit, flowers & edible delights they produce, like maple syrup & cinnamon.

Our backyard, has the most majestical Jacaranda tree, which covers our entire backyard with its canopy, of cool shade in our very hot summers. Then dropping its leaves during the cold winter months allowing the sun to give us a warm place to sit in the sunshine. In late spring it then comes alive with brilliant lilac flowers, slowly dropping them to the ground creating a lilac & green carpet upon the lawn! Simply, breathtaking!

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Trees have been created to gradually grow strong trunks, boughs & branches from seed, producing leaves, flowers & fruit. Their roots growing in the invisible depths below to balance what is visible above. Most trees have a main tap root to anchor it within the soil, while feeder roots branch out within the ground creating a network of supporting roots to balance & provide nutrition for the tree’s canopy above. The greatest test comes when the storms & extreme weather strike, as to how these supports help the tree to stand.

This Jacaranda, has been hit by some particularly severe storms, which has cruelly buffeted it, slamming it’s beautiful branches, leaves & flowers from side to side, pelting it with torrential rain & large hail stones.  It lost a few branches & many of its leaves & flowers, during those storms, but it held its ground. Its resilience in being solidly anchored firstly by its tap root then by its well nourished network roots, held fast.

Storms come to us all, its a part of life, how we weather those storms depends on how our roots are being continually nourished & what we have allowed our tap root to be anchored into. We need to ask ourselves are we continually nourishing ourselves with what is good for us or is it actually poisonous & toxic? What have we allowed our tap root, our precious souls to be anchored into?

My network of roots are in many areas which continually nourish me in body, mind & spirit; in healthy relationships, in interests that give joy & delight,  in the little everyday choices I make, in meditating & reflecting on the anchor of my soul. The Creator of the universe, whose nourishment has helped me to stand against the severest of storms. I may have lost some branches, leaves & flowers during the storms, but they have been replaced with a seasoned network for the leaves & flowers to bloom…

Well my tea & muffin are now delightfully consumed, until next time…

Jennifer

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Berry tea & expresso coffee…

Welcome, do you have your favorite beverage & delightful tasty treat ready? You do!  Then let us enjoy our time of reflection together.

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My choice today is a fruity blend of berries; Strawberry, Raspberry & Loganberry, my tasty treat is a small plate of fruit chips. My grandchildren love my “fruit chips”, simply, I take whatever fruit is in season ie.  apples, bananas,  strawberries,  mangoes or nectarines etc… I slice them into thin wedges, place them on their own “special plate” with a little cake fork & add their drink for an afternoon tea with Nanny ~ as I am called, a precious time of sharing follows.

This tea blend has both natural ingredients & flavoring added, it was included in a gift, a beautiful cup, saucer & plate set for my recent birthday. The cup is a large one & appears to have a huge volume capacity, just right for this refreshing berry tea! I added a little sugar in mine. It is delicious either as a hot tea or an iced tea.

I find the topic of capacity interesting & it has surfaced several times in the last week from different & unrelated sources. Did you know each one of us has a unique capacity, just like the new cup I received above. We each have our own unique volume capacities in the following areas; physical, emotional, mental & spiritual. They however do not exist in isolation to each other, they are intertwined to make our whole overall capacity.

Over my professional life I have had many clients compare their unique volume to others, so they were left feeling less than, unworthy, depressed & devalued. Rather than seeing that they actually may be living to their own unique capacity to the fullest of measures.

Our unique capacity can be greatly impacted though by life issues & events. This may lead to an adjusted new capacity, that we need to realize, utilize & learn to work within, this can be either in a reduced volume in some areas or an increase in having grown in other areas, expanding our overall capacity…

I will give you an example of this, chronic health conditions have impacted my volume, in the areas of physical energy & cognitive processing ~ known as Fibromyalgia brain fog… my once larger “Coffee mug” capacity is now a much smaller “Demitasse” (expresso cup) capacity. But just like expresso coffee is strong, concentrated & robust. I now have a concentrated & robust strength in spiritual capacity which undergirds & flavors the other areas impacted by ill health…

In an interesting exercise after finishing my berry tea, I filled up my new cup with water & poured it into my everyday willow mug to see its volume capacity.  You know what….it was actually less in volume than my everyday mug! It was all in the perception of the design!

It can be very fruitful to reflect upon our uniquely designed capacity & really start to flourish to our fullest measure… as it is uniquely ours to do so…start flourishing!

Jennifer

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Vanilla Rooibos Tea

Well hello, how lovely of you to join me, my choice today is an unusual herbal tea blend, made from branches of a shrub & bean pods. I invite you to brew yourself a hot or maybe an iced comforting beverage of your choice,  add a tasty treat of deliciousness & reflect with me for a special time together.

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This tea has its origins in South Africa, made from the branches of the native Rooibos shrub, which is apparently a member of the legume family. To enhance the flavor, Vanilla, which essence has been derived from the bean pods of the Vanilla Orchid, originating in Mexico, has been added. This has created a very unique blend. It gives a reddish/amber colored tea when brewed, is naturally sweet in taste, fragrance & totally caffeine free, I take mine with lactose free milk & just a little raw sugar.

I normally have this at night,  being caffeine free I am able to enjoy it without fear of it adding to nocturnal alertness! It is interesting how two entirely different plants from different locations in the world create such a harmonious, comforting & soothing blend!

We need comforting & soothing at times, don’t we… life can get pretty tough & awfully wearisome even in the best of lives. I had some unexpected visitors a few years back & then they took up residency without my permission, let me introduce you to them; Fibromyalgia,  Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis & Celiac disease. These residents do not create a harmonious blend for this hostess, they are rather demanding! Though I am determined to raise to the daily challenge of their demands, I have learnt to work within my new limitations & capacity, living my best life… but weariness still comes.

This can become a negative experience if I allow it to, I can either focus on the daily constant pain, fatigue, brain fog & weariness or I can focus on the positives in my life. Those being the joys that I can still experience in so much around me, the love I have in my life, the beautiful area I live in with everything I love in God’s natural environment, the enjoyment I can derive from the craft projects I set myself to do for Diversional Therapy. The delight & time I now have to experience the little but meaningful things to me, such as a comforting cup of tea & a tasty treat while in that all important time of reflection with those of you who drop by.

The choice is ours you see, we can focus on either the negative pressures in our lives or identify the positive aspects & place our focus on those, creating that unique & harmonious blend of focused blessings to add a sweet aroma & taste to our life…

What positive aspects can you focus upon in your life now? I would love to hear what you discover…

Jennifer

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