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I want to start with the fact that I adore drinking tea – all kinds and flavors. I love nice cups, teapots, sets, and rituals. I feel special when I do something special for myself and participate in memorable ceremonies. The new and the unknown attract me. If somebody invites you to a tea party – go, no matter how snobbish it may seem to you – the experience is impressive. It is even more amazing to have seen different people worldwide drinking tea, and you can share your experiences and make comparisons.
Tea is a type of indulgence and plays an essential role in the society of life in many countries worldwide—I made an association with “smoking the pipe of peace” as a unifying and forgiving ritual.
Usually, we consumed tea at home and social events, and many cultures have created sophisticated formal ceremonies for these events. Afternoon tea is a widespread British custom, copied around the world. Tea ceremonies with roots in Chinese tea culture vary among East Asian countries, such as Japan or Korea. There are different ways to prepare the tea, such as in Tibet, where they’re prepared the drink with salt and butter. Tea can be drunk at small private gatherings (tea parties) or in public places (tea houses intended for social contacts).
There are hundreds of tea and drinking habits in everyday life, and I will tell you about my observations from travels and some traditional aspects of different cultures.
Drinking tea in the United Kingdom became common during the seventeen century and was popularized much later. In the 1940s, the Duchess of Bedford, Anna, decided to organize an afternoon party to save herself of boredom. She began hosting people around four in the afternoon for tea and a snack. By the 1880s, these tea and afternoon talks became a fashionable public event for the bourgeoisie. Like the way the Duchess of Bedford would serve it, traditional afternoon tea consists of selecting gourmet sandwiches, muffins, cakes, and a variety of pastries. Silver tea trays and delicate bone china are commonplace today for fans of royal tea drinking habits.
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You all know what Feng Shui is! The Chinese practice of trying to strike a balance between the natural world and your inner spaces. The method generally works with energy forces to create harmony between the individual and his environment.
Having a quiet and pleasant home is your ultimate goal. A place where you can feel calm and stress-free to enjoy the little moments in life. Let’s face it. Life is different now, and your home is your fortress. That’s why I’m talking about harmony, Feng Shui decor, and the need to maintain balance in the house.
Before you start buying (or even moving) specific furniture, you first need to consider what you will use the room for. Will you use it mainly for entertainment, leisure, guests, work, or eating? Will guests use the space to sleep? Or all the activities listed above?
Understanding the room’s function will show what type of furniture (and how much furniture) you really need. Then you can start to make the best arrangement for the room. Consult experts like me. You will receive quality ideas and tips for your decor to bring peace and prosperity to your home. You will understand the basic concept of Feng Shui and how to incorporate them into your space.
To optimize feng shui in your home, it is crucial to make sure that there is a free movement of energies to and around the furniture, and they are easily accessible, and the passage is unimpeded. Think about this before you rush to buy an expensive table to put on the side of the sofa.
Followers of Feng Shui believe that everything is composed of two opposite but related forces: Yin (female) and Yang (male), and the balance between them. You can incorporate this philosophy into your home’s decor by adding additional colors and design elements tailored to what you need to balance in your life.
I am certainly no different from others to like and want to own a lot of things. Sometimes it is challenging to balance between the minimum stuff you need and the constant need to buy. Everyone defines what minimalism looks like to them, but the general definition is: “getting rid of things you don’t want, don’t use, or don’t find beautiful.” Come to think of it, I used to have one or two of everything. I kept piling up. Shopping was kind of fun. It was easy for me to spend money every time I was out: shopping was a good mood deal, I always had things I “needed.” And most interestingly, I felt good bringing something new at home all the time. After a few lockdowns and many days at home, I decided that I would try something new and different this year and changed the scheme. When I wanted something new, I began to ask myself:
- Do I really need this?
- Will I want it in 3 days?
- Will I still like this in a week, a month, a year? And how many times exactly would I use it?
- Does this coincide with my current priorities?
At home, life goes slower somehow – at least for me. I thought about what I want in my daily life. It seems that the priorities are different already. Do I need to live with fewer things? Should I pay more attention to the family? Do I want to save money or buy as before? Many many questions, I realized that rethinking your priorities changes the things you need.
I bet on quality, not quantity. I began to observe the power of minimalism, which started to change my life. I challenged myself. Buying less but really quality stuff is a challenge in itself. It takes time, which I had in abundance.
I do not suggest you stop buying new things for good. I offer a challenge with reduced costs and an increase in the quality of life.
Now is the time to share a few home updates that I am considering for the same purpose, as most of us spend time at home. I still wake up every day grateful to have “home.” I can’t believe I’m spending so much time here in this apartment, and I still have a wish list for a change of scenery. The feeling of awareness and gratitude comes. Given the situation and that COVID-19 has conquered the world; everyone should feel a little more grateful for being healthy and for what they have.
Gratitude also gives peace of mind. I realized that the more grateful I am, the less I want. The more appreciation I have, the more fulfillment I feel. Soothing the voice of the desire for new material things is a significant factor in what makes minimalism a part of my life.