Thought-full Thursday: Making a proper cup of tea


“We could learn to listen to the wind; we could learn to notice that it’s raining or snowing or hailing or calm. We could reconnect with the weather that is ourselves, and we could realize that it’s sad. The sadder it is, and the vaster it is, the more our heart opens. We can stop thinking that good practice is when it’s smooth and calm, and bad practice is when it’s rough and dark. If we can hold it all in our hearts, then we can make a proper cup of tea.” ~Pema Chodron


So often we don’t stop, notice and take things in just as they are. We judge everything, including ourselves and our emotions, as good or bad. What would happen if there were no judgment, and things just were? You might see things in their true light and then be able to make that proper cup of tea.


  • What yearning might you have to slow down?
  • Breathe. Notice. What is right in front of you at this moment?
  • How might you be judging what is?
  • Close your eyes, open them, and notice anew. Without judgment. What is it that is keeping you from doing this more often?




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Mary Jo Asmus is the founder and President of Aspire Collaborative Services LLC, an executive coach, writer, internationally recognized thought leader, and a consultant who partners with organizations of all kinds to develop and administer coaching programs. She has “walked in your shoes” as a former leader in a Fortune company.


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