Ever find yourself rushing and wonder why?
There may be no reason at all, just this sense of urgency that takes over. Instead of moving at a steady rhythm, you’re suddenly in this imaginary race, pulse up, hurried and running from a deep sense of “gotta get this done”-ism. If you know me well, you know I’ve had it bad and often.
Catching oneself in a sudden moment of awareness is a good first step to rebalancing. However, I don’t recommend an immediate vacation because the dishes, laundry, livestock and anything that grows will always line up a series of activities for you on the farm. Count on it.
I choose not to live in a house with mile high dishes or laundry. The floor gets swept a few times a day but I don’t dream about it ever being spotless. As sure as I breathe, there will be dust in the house too, and one can never breathe enough ahead of time so that a holiday from breathing is possible.
I’m not one for coffee breaks and can’t tolerate much caffeine. I’ve been even known to work through lunchtime. One big reason Farmer and the children are in my life is to remind me to eat. That turns into another thing to rush in and make; but it doesn’t need to be that way.
Fall is often the worst time to come down with a good cold or flu. All the back to school or harvest rushing gets us run down. If we don’t listen to our bodies, we miss the subtle warning language.
Our bodies really do try to help us out. That early weakness, twinge in the sinus, sore throat and fatigue are all trying to tell us it’s time to stop the rush and reset.
Tea time is a great way to do exactly that. When I was a child, I remember mom breaking open a square alfalfa bale and bringing in the small leaves and flowers for tea and honey. It’s a good memory; unlike the spoon of cod liver oil we were fed.
I don’t think mom was aware Vitamins A, C, B1, B6 and K along with proteins, calcium, carotene, iron, zinc and potassium, were in tea time. Nor do my children.
Check out alfalfa’s medicinal properties for yourself, and consider listening to your body and enjoying some tea time soon.