It began with a cup of tea.
Well, I suppose it began with an herb garden long dreamt of and finally constructed that now houses the plants harvested for that cup of tea.
Although really the herb garden dream was a natural offshoot of holding regular circles on that bit of earth.
And of course the circles came to pass once I opened to and claimed my witch-self.
Which unfolded as it did because of Rapunzel.
Whom I met when I birthed a baby and joined a playgroup.
Which happened because Thor and I moved across the country and created life here.
We chose exactly here because Florence offered to rent us her house. We chose this part of the world because my dad moved here years before and we came to visit and loved it.
He chose here after he exhaustively researched ideal places to live.
He did that research in part because he was beginning to live a broader, more wholesome life and wanted a location that would foster that growth and in part because he was tired of Wisconsin winters.
His broader, more wholesome approach to life evolved after the wakeup call of a marriage in ruins.
A marriage in ruins from two people unable to evolve past the disparity between their current disconnect and their earlier happiness.
Their earlier happiness which brought me into the world.
But I digress.
I mean, arguably it began with the dawn of time.
But it is also true to say it began with a cup of tea.
My morning ritual.
I have long craved a morning ritual. Certainly for my entire adulthood and probably my entire childhood as well. And yet I’ve never managed to form one.
A couple of years ago I felt the tug to begin an evening ritual and it is still with me now, constantly evolving to meet my needs.
This month I felt a similar urge, and instead of either talking myself out of it or beginning with an unsustainable attachment to detail, as I had in the past, I found myself choosing anew each day to harvest a few leaves of hyssop for morning tea.
To leave the house in the morning is pure joy, even just for a short walk through the
obstacle course yard and back. It calibrates my day subtly yet completely.
A few days ago, I found morning yoga happening on a daily basis almost without impulse, a natural next step.
Yesterday I began to compose a new piece of music before I’d even finished yoga, and even managed a shower afterward thanks to Thor holding down the kiddo fort.