Remote work has so many perks. No wasted time commuting. Eating healthy home cooked meals. More time with family. More time to workout. More work time in the day: to be Productive.
And yet it doesn’t stop. Working from home means work happens any time, anywhere. In the bedroom before bed, a last glimpse at email. At the kitchen table during breakfast. On the toilet with your phone. Saturday morning? Why not get a little more done. Sunday evening? You don’t want Monday to surprise you. Day and night, weekday, weekend, it never stops. Especially with remote international teams. Communicating never ends. Your desk is your dining table and your bedroom is your office and the office is a playroom. It’s all a blur.
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Now Serving Up Mindfulness in a Cup
By now you’re probably familiar with the many benefits of mindfulness and meditation—better sleep, feeling happier, less stress, less anxiety, less pain, to name a few—but if you’re like me, and many of our guests, you’ve might have struggled to get started. Or, you might have dabbled but struggled to develop a practice that sticks.
The tradition of drinking tea and the practice of meditation have been intertwined for thousands of years with ritual tea service helping practitioners stay focused for hours on end. When I opened Samovar in 2002, I was inspired to create a new kind of tea house—an urban sanctuary where everyday folks could retreat from the daily stresses of modern life, find nourishment with tea and a delicious meal and emerge recharged and re-centered. Continue reading Mindfulness Tea
One of the challenges meditation
is how to deal with your mind wandering all over the place while you’re sitting there. One way to ease into the concept is to do a moving meditation.
Anything can be a moving meditation, from dance, to yoga, to labyrinth walking. Tea is my moving meditation. Just taking the time to brew a cup of tea mindfully can quiet my mental chatter and help me tune into the present moment.
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