We have moved (round the corner, via six weeks with my father in law while we waited for the chain to get in with it). It’s my 20th move in 25 years, but we are finally settled.
It’s a lovely house, one which our boy will have room to grow up in. And we are friends with some of our neighbours, which I have never experienced before – it’s weird, but really good.
In the meantime I now have my plants in the ground. I can’t begin to say how much joy and peace this gives me.
We are still painting and unpacking and will be for a few weeks yet, but we have taken root… Finally.
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.
It only takes a moment to stop and think of the good things in my life and suddenly I am filled with love for life and all that God has given me. Here is my little slice of joy via the app, “this is not an app”
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.
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
This is such a beautiful, painful, hopeful article, I recommend it to you:
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:
How cute is this:
You can find it here: http://thetialys.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/bunny-bentos/
And I think I might make myself one… Lunchtimes just got cheerier.