Afternoon Tea

Guilt-Tea

I like to break up the work day by having a cup of tea in the afternoon, around 3pm. It’s a real treat and the little ritual of boiling and brewing is an opportunity to practice a few minutes of mindfulness. Plastic baggies of different organic black teas (Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Darjeeling) from the…

Mike and Casey

Beginner’s Mind

Welcome! Yesterday, 2 friends asked for tips on how to start meditating. Meditation is a simple and easy practice. The purpose of meditation is to cultivate a calm and happy mind. Here’s how to get started: -sit comfortably in a chair -feet resting on the floor -hands gently on your thighs -close your eyes -with…

Clover Blossom in Grass

What Does ‘Pismire’ Mean?

One of the ways I meditate is to look up words I don’t know. The word ‘pismire‘ appears in Walt Whitman’s eternal shocker Leaves of Grass (that link includes the full text of the poem). Pismire means ‘ant’ and the etymology comes from Middle English pisse (meaning urine) + mire (meaning ‘ant,’ likely Old Norse).…