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Simple Brewing Tips For You

As whole leaf begins to replace the standard tea bag, one major question arises: How do I brew this tea?  There are hundreds of methods out there, some ancient, some new-age.  Here at Samovar, we don’t believe there is ONE correct style.  In fact, we encourage creativity and innovation of brewing methods.  It’s all good as long as good tea is being served.

Here are a few suggestions that we consider in our quest for brewing that perfect cup.    Continue reading Simple Brewing Tips For You

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Focusing How To

Life is full of distractions. So many things pull on our attention. So how does a person ever get anything done? I created this “how to” to remind myself of how to get something important done when I am so easily distracted by life outside (and inside) of my head. Incidentally, even when I follow these steps, the mind takes its own distracting path!

1. Stop all distractions:  Turn it all off.  Email, texting, twitter, desk clutter, facebook, web browser, wireless access.

2. Create the shortest to-do list possible. Write down the task at hand as a single goal on a piece of paper and post it right in front of you. Nothing else should be on that sheet of paper.

3. Let nothing else deter you from achieving that single task. Leave it right there to draw your attention towards every time the inkling of distraction arises.

4. Keep another sheet of paper handy to capture ‘inbox ideas and tasks’ that arise. Don’t send emails, or texts, or ‘get online,’ or do anything other than capture random ideas onto that extra blank sheet of paper.

5. Take 10 breaths to clear the space. This mini meditation will center, and help to focus on finishing the task at hand

6. Do it!!!

7. Celebrate. Do it all again.

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May 12, 2011

There's just something magical about a cup of tea from Wuyi. The roasted notes and fruity finish will leave a lasting impression on the palate and the mind.

The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one’s own happiness, the happiness of others.

– Paramahansa Yogananda