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.

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#Arttherapy, the colour of #happiness and a #journal page

I am busy planning next term’s youth cafe activities for work. As part of this I am using Soul Pancake’s Art Therapy Experiment. The young people will grade how happy they feel (1-10) before and after they do the exercise and it will give me an opportunity as a youth worker for some meaningful conversations in the middle.

Afterwards we will give them this journal page to take home.

the colour of happiness

As we are a Christian organisation we are ever linking everything we do to the Bible, helping young people see how God has a monopoly on the truth, and hopefully brining a bit of joy and fun en route.

I have to say, I am looking forward to doing this for myself, and certainly Soul pancake’s video is aimed at any age.

You can get my journal page here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B–jM8Hqcbx3YXI5RHRYMVNqV2lMNEhqZzc0V29wY0JqeW5z/view?usp=sharing

And the art therapy and happiness video from Soul pancake here: https://youtu.be/BN2rTaFUlxs

#photoupdate #Autumn

Ah autumn, you are so lovely, with your gorgeous morning light and cool air.
I have had the sickness bug that has been going round and today was the first back to normal dog walk.
I am reminded of how blessed i am and how utter joy can be found just round the corner, in my case, the little patch of trees behind our street, and the ducks looking for bread by the river:

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