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It’s so true that not all pauses are generative. I find that despite wanting to write more than anything else, it is the first thing that I tend to put on hold in the face of any disruption.

Unlike many Indian families, mine never had any teatime rituals. It could be why I struggle to find designated moments of peace in my day. Perhaps it is time for me to create room for some generative pauses, hoping that they will help restore the momentum of writing.

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I grew up loving tea time too. Whether it was at school, college, office or at my home when I lived by myself, I considered that the happiest, meditative part of the day. These days, I am realising that milk is irritating my tummy and I don't want to make a switch because nothing is as good as milk tea with spices. So I end up not having tea sometimes.

I relate to how writing is the first thing we stop doing. My newsletter is sent out once every month, and during the last 2 months, I haven't gotten to writing it since I have been focusing on other aspects of life. I want to be able to give time for it in the coming year as well

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I found myself sighing into a lovely pause in my morning as I read this. Loved it!

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Any time is chai time for me, Priya:) In fact, reading this, I made a cuppa--thank you. Although only almond or oat milk these days. Your routine reminds me so of when my son was little and I’d sneak into the kitchen early am before he woke up for the day and make my chai watching the dawn break in...I should dig that write up and share.🤗To answer your questions, these days, a catnap in the afternoon helps me recalibrate! Priority in the new year--make more time to write, figure out what book lies in me, and get less angry;) Yup, teens test hormones. There never seems to be enough time to write and I admire our Substack colleagues who churn up content twice and thrice a week. Where are you based? If in the US and the DC area, we could meet up!

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Tea is part of my love language too. I love your writing Priya and as I read the beginning of this post, I thought maybe it's the beginning of a memoir🥰✨🌟💖🙏

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I am drinking tea now! 😁 it is bedtime for me and reading time with tea on the nightstand.

My other pause time is the occasional Power Nap after picking up the kids. (I work part time mornings while they are at school.)

I think for me there needs to be a routine to my pauses. They can’t be too long or else I have inertia. I won’t get started again. Short but long enough to be effective. And at the right time of day.

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Just beautiful, Priya. I love the idea of a generative pause 🍵🤍

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Such lovely photographs and beautiful thoughts on teatime. In this household, we have tea/coffee after each meal with a dessert. I also love taking power naps a few times per week. I wish you a brilliant new year, Priya, full of pauses and inspiration and creation and of course health and abundance!

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This was lovely, Priya. Your ritual around tea time sounds wonderful. And it is one I was really glad to read. It was also interesting to hear the Latin root of the word.

Also, I really loved this bit:

“I think I love it even more because of that tiny chip...”

Thanks Priya :)

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Michael, thank you reading and taking the time to comment. Have a wonderful 2024!

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Lovely piece Priya ❤️.

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