reflect - harvest edition - sunday ritual
Your Sunday Ritual: Reflect for Fall.
It’s fall, y’all! Yesterday kicked off the official start of autumn (for Northern Hemisphere) with Fall Equinox, while the Southern Hemisphere started to move into springtime. Equinox, is when the northern and southern hemispheres are in balance for the same length of day and night. How remarkable is that? Balance on a global scale. A great time to reflect on what needs to be balanced in our lives, what needs to change with the changing seasons.
There is so many changes externally as nature moves into hibernation.
With the literal harvest season, it's time to harvest our own personal and professional seeds of growth we have been nurturing. What changes are happening in your life, while the leaves start to drop outside? What projects have you be working on? What are you most proud of over the spring and summer months? What can you let go of? Mentally, physically? What feels ‘stuck’ like its going against the grain? What is ‘heavy’ and dragging you down that you can ‘clear’ out?
Now is the perfect time pause and reflect inwards on these questions. Ready?
YOUR RITUAL: Fall Drink with Reflection with homemade Chai or Pumpkin Spice Tea.
Today we will simply be reflecting on our harvests, but with a warming spicy tea.
You can make a simple concentrate from scratch in 5-10 minutes. I bet you have most of the chai ingredients in your cupboard and a perfect easy ‘ritual.’
Sip the chai (with or without caffeine added), curl up somewhere cozy at home, turn off all phones, laptops, etc., and reflect on the summer months. Either write it down, or simply sip and run through mentally what you are ready to 'harvest' and what you are ready to let go of.
Chai Recipe (concentrate (proportions from Greenhouse Juice cookbook, recipe adjusted slightly):
1 inch piece fresh ginger coarsely chopped (or, dried if that’s what you have)
1 teaspoon whole cloves (or ½ teaspoon ground)
1 stick cinnamon (or 1 teaspoon ground)
7 cardamom pods (or ½ teaspoon)
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
Optional: add allspice and/or nutmeg
(ps, there is no pumpkin in pumpkin spice, its just what you put on pumpkin for pie ;)):
Same ingredients above but no pepper or cardamom
Add allspice and nutmeg instead
Take all your ingredients and mash them up. If you have a mortar and pestle, smash in there. Or use a coffee grinder/food processor to quickly (on a low setting) grind them up. Enjoy the aromas from it as you make it.
In a saucepan, add mix with 2 cups water and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Strain out through a sieve. This concentrate will be good for 3-4 days. I’ve excluded making with black tea in case you want to skip the caffeine for a cozy evening reflection.
Today, warm up as is to drink; add your favorite tea of your choice (simple black tea or green tea); steamed milk or non-dairy milk.
Enjoy the warm spiciness as you reflect on your harvests!
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For this reason, we will be having more 'featured' Sunday Rituals coming up (hint, next week we have a great one for you). If you feel like you have something of value to contribute to the her collectives community, please send me an email with your background and thoughts!
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