Lavender Flower Chai Tea

Full Moon.  

A gentle spiced tea recipe to soothe your soul and bring you home to yourself at the end of a long day.

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To make one pot of lavender chai tea you’ll need (Recipe from Flowering Within book):

2 to 3 tablespoons of black loose leaf tea
1 teaspoon of dried lavender or 2 to 3 fresh sprigs
6 cardamom pods
4 star anise
1 teaspoon of fresh ginger
1 or 2 cinnamon sticks
10 peppercorns
6 whole cloves
A pinch of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Raw Honey or condensed milk to sweeten

Directions: Add three or 4 cups of water to a pot and bring to a boil. Then add all the chai spices and lavender to the pot. Lower the heat and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Turn the heat off and let it cool for a few minutes before straining it into a teapot or heat-safe container.

Sweeten to your taste, add milk if you’d like and then enjoy a nice cup of lavender chai tea to soothe your soul. This recipe should make enough for about 3 servings.

To make a single cup, mix enough ingredients to fill a tea strainer. Place the tea strainer in your cup and top with hot boiled water. Let the tea steep for 3 minutes.

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“We make tea in an empty vessel and then we become a vessel to receive it. The practice of maintaining this emptiness runs through all the world’s mystical traditions.”
~ Frank Hadley Murphy

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Jasmine Letter for Self Love

Something sweet and short for moments when you need to love yourself….

Get some pretty paper and an envelope. Write a love letter to yourself. Fill it with self-nurturing goodness and all the praise you’d love to hear.

Put a twig of deliciously fragrant jasmine flowers in the letter, fold it up and put it in the envelope. Keep the letter in a safe place.

When you feel low and need some love, get your letter out and read it. Each time you do, you’ll remind yourself of how much there is to love about you.

(from Flowering Within: A Journey to Feminine Healing & Grace)

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Hamani & Following What Lights You Up

(Excerpt from Flowering Within)

Every spring thousands of sakura trees (cherry blossom trees) in parts of Japan break out in bloom. The landscape comes alive as a blanket of soft pink and white spreads across its vast expanses. When the wind washes through the trees, the delicate sakura petals shake and fall quickly to the ground, some filling rivers and turning them pink. For more than a thousand years Japanese culture has honored this enchanting picture of beauty through the practice of hamaniflower viewing or flower watching – with people coming from all over to witness  and celebrate the serene unfolding of spring through these ancient forests of sakura trees.

Hold the image of these blooming sakura trees in your mind’s eye for a moment and imagine something. Imagine that when you are inspired, when you’re attuned to your inner essence and when you tap into the flow of grace, your heart flowers with the same kind of wild splendor and spreads a special kind of magic across the landscapes of your life. You light up in your center and your inner petals open to let your spirit shine. Your authentic Self steps forward and when she does, can you come to her with eyes full of wonder and honor her inner flowering through your own practice of hamani in the same way that flower viewers in Japan bear witness to the sakura blossoms?

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