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Breathe it in, Savor this moment

This month, we are re-posting the blog Diana Antholis, life coach, author, yoga and fitness instructor and new mom, wrote when she experience Nelson and George.  Sit back with a cup of tea, and enjoy!

Breathe it in, Savor this moment

Inhale.
Exhale.
Are you here?
Or are you there?
Inhale.
Open your ribs.
Feel the air flow throughout.
Exhale.
Slowly, carefully, mindfully.
This moment.
Here and now.
Where you are.
Are you here?
Or are you there?
Inhale.
Feel the air in your back.
Let it open you up.
Exhale.
Slowly, carefully, mindfully.

 

Are you really where you are? Do you savor in each moment? Are you taking advantage of each moment given to you? Are you breathing it in?

Disconnect. Engage. Breathe it in.

This is today’s Monday Mantra. Because how many times do we rush through each moment? A gathering with friends or family? A vacation?
My iPhoto and Instagram account are filled with memories that make me smile. As I reminisced on photos this weekend, I thought about how special every occasion was. How much fun we had. What happened that day. A story…

We all take different approaches to take a moment for ourselves. How webreathe it in. I found that living in Paris, I tend to go out for tea or a healthy drink and savor it more than I ever have anywhere else. I’ve met friends over three-hour teas (usually with a pastry too, I can’t lie!) and discussed business and life. There’s something about a cup of a delicious beverage in your hands that let’s you disconnect (after you’ve taken your Instagram photo, of course).

When my friend Olivia told me about the intricacies of tea and a new tea company she created with her mother, I thought about how so many people mindlessly go through their days, their meals, their drinks, and their time. Even time they’ve specifically allocated to relaxing. That’s what their new company, Nelson & George, wants to bring to you. A bit of luxury in your busy schedule.

Because I’m passionate about women helping women, entrepreneurship, and taking some time for yourself—using the Nelson & George teas to bring in a moment of luxury to my life was an obvious choice. I do live unleashed, after all. 😉

Olivia explained how they source their tea, how you’re supposed to boil water at certain temperatures for certain teas, and how they named their company and teas after American heroes. Nelson & George is actually named after George Washington and his horse, Nelson.

I usually choose white tea in a tea salon as I never buy it, so  The Emily (Silver Needle), was first on my list to try. I was surprised to learn that white tea actually contains more caffeine than black tea. Good to know!

I took the time to read the instructions, watch my water boil (since I don’t have a temperature-controlled kettle), and do the proper steeping time. Honestly, what I thought would be a tedious task was actually rewarding. My only focus was on properly brewing the tea. (Yes, you can call this meditation! Focus.) It only took a few minutes and I felt satisfied that I tried something new.

I loved the white tea, it was delicate and light yet full of flavor. I drank this tea at the beginning of a co-working session with my friend. Taking the time to make it and savor it helped me focus on my long to-do list. (Then I made another version of it as iced-tea as a refresher!)

 

As a huge fan of peppermint tea, I couldn’t wait to try the Mint and Green Tea named The Kittery, after the town in Maine where Nelson & George was founded. Moroccan mint plus Taiwanese Gunpowder green tea for a minty, smokey flavor.

I’m drinking this tea right now and loving it. I’m making iced-tea with the extra, as this tea is good hot or cold. I love that both the mint and green flavors are light and refreshing, not too strong on either one. This will definitely be my summertime favorite as I await my baby girl coming this August.

Taking the time to make the tea made me enjoy it that much more. Do I still love to throw a bag in a cup of boiling water? Sure. But sometimes you have to take a moment to focus and realize where you are. To breathe it in. To center yourself.

Learn more about this mother-daughter team and how they’re trying to bring moments of luxury to your world with their organic, exotic teas. You can order Nelson & George tea online now, shipping within the USA.

And I even gave out tea samples with ice-tea recipes at my Paris yoga-baby shower. A wonderful idea if you’re looking for a unique favor!

You can find the original post, and more information about Diana Antholis on her website here: http://dianaantholis.com

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