Meet Nitsa Citrine
"There are those who love to get dirty and fix things. They drink coffee at dawn, beer after work. And those who stay clean, just appreciate things. At breakfast they have milk and juice at night. There are those who do both, they drink tea."
- Gary Snyder
Describe your practice and/or why mindfulness is important to you.
My daily meditation practice is rooted in tea, tuning inwards, watching my breath, quieting my mind, and observing the natural world. It helps me to stay grounded, connected, and of service to the earth.
What is your highest value and why?
LOVE! Unconditional Love! Compassionate love! Love for all beings! Radical Self Love! Courageous love! Quiet Love! For me, love is at the center of everything in the cosmos and it has the power to heal, illuminate and inspire beyond anything else.
Describe one health practice that is non-negotiable for you each day.
Tea ceremony. Every morning. Ideally outside, in my garden or in nature. Technology free, wi-fi off, minimal interference.
Also, Nature immersions. Being present with the wild, observing the surrounding environment, dedicating time to be with the flora, fauna, and the elements.
Describe one tradition that you connect with regularly and why.
Morning Gratitude Prayer. Every morning, upon waking, I give thanks for my life: the circumstances (even stressful or challenging ones) and articulate my gratitude to the universe for the blessing of being alive and awake. This has been informed by my explorations into Zen, Tibetan Buddhism,Taoism, Shinto mysticism, Kriya Yogi….the list goes on…… but I always come back to this simple practice.
What's the most common method you use for tea preparation and what are you excited to learn more about?
Primarily side handle brewing, though I love a good hand-whisked matcha or gong fu session at special moments.
Describe one way that you support your community and what would help you to support others more effectively