Describe your practice and/or why mindfulness is important to you.
Meet Saoirse Mejia
Saoirse Mejia is a Ceremonialist living in Western Montana with her husband, 2 daughters, 2 dogs and 8 bunnies. These days she is most drawn to honing traditional skills on her homestead; weaving the practical with the spiritual.
My daily meditation is pretty simple most days. I sit in silence for at least 3 bowls of tea in the morning, focused on my breath, present to what arises/what falls away. Sometimes I take my tea to the lake down the street for a longer sit. Those are the best sessions!
What is your highest value and why?
Freedom. I’m regularly attending to my inner landscape so that I can recognize when I’m keeping myself from being free. Free from the inner critic, free from ruminating thoughts, free from judgment, free from seeking outside approval. Forgiveness is pretty high up on the list as well.
Describe one health practice that is non-negotiable for you each day.
There are two practices that happen daily without fail: tongue scraping before I swallow anything, and tea! It is also vital to my well-being to get outside and connect with the beauty of Nature every day.
Describe one tradition that you connect with regularly and why.
When I think of tradition, I think of food. My mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and beyond considered the kitchen their temple space. Connecting with the land on which I live, bringing wild edibles and veggies from my little garden into my kitchen to provide medicine and nourishing meals for my family - it may not be “formal”, but this is the greatest tradition of all for me.
What's the most common method you use for tea preparation and what are you excited to learn more about?
I practice leaves in a bowl, sidehandle, and boiled tea.
Describe one way that you support your community and what would help you to support others more effectively