Describe your practice and/or why mindfulness is important to you.
Meet Adam Yasmin
Kindness -- to myself and to all whom I encounter.
Being mindful is both a gift and an ongoing process of self-discovery. For me it started with piano lessons at age 7 and continues to teach me at age 37 in a global pandemic. The greatest mindfulness teachers I've had to date are music, tea, and my daughter. Like music, tea requires emptying of self and showing up on the daily to absorb and unlearn/relearn. Reflecting on the past 13 years as a student of the leaf, I learned that there is no aim in "knowing" anything, only to continue showing up and being present to nuance. What connects parenthood to musicianship and tea is the dedication to unlearning everything you know and embracing beginners mind.
What is your highest value and why?
Kindness -- to myself and to all whom I encounter. After triumphs, mistakes, becoming a parent, and estranging myself from a toxic parent... I've found that kindness is my transcendent virtue.
Describe one health practice that is non-negotiable for you each day
A morning self-care routine that involves deep breaths and stretching in bed, making the bed, oil pulling, consulting the i-ching, cooking my family breakfast, and drinking a glass of water results in a resilient buffer before reaching for my smartphone or laptop after 9am and being able to respond to the day instead of overwhelming my nervous system and staying in a reactive state.
Describe one tradition that you connect with regularly and why?
To be at home cooking and baking and nourishing myself and family, honoring my ancestors, while connecting with the earth is a great privilege to continue through a pandemic
What's the most common method you use for tea preparation and what are you excited to learn more about?
My tea journey began in 2009 with a deep immersion into gongfu brewing before expanding to cha dao in 2013. In pre-pandemic times I would intent for cha dao when serving others and gongfu when imbibing solo. Yin / Yang. Since the pandemic began I've sorely missed serving in person so I've spent the past year refining my gongfu technique and connected virtually with other gongfu practitioners. My favorite Living Teas in no particular order: Soma, Gateway of Spirit, Forest Floor, Forest Path, After the Storm, Gregs Galactivation.
Describe one way that you support your community and what would help you to support others more effectively