Wellness is not about not eating dim sum.

On a sticky August morning in Chinatown, find curious relief in a steaming pot of tea, a plate of dumplings, a good laugh.

Wellness is about eating dim sum mindfully. It's passing a Saturday morning at Nom Wah Tea Parlor on Chinatown's enchanted Doyers Street, home of ghosts and gunfights, and tucking into a marvelous Shanghainese soup-dumpling or steamed pork bun and being, in a bright moment, alive in the body of this life. Wellness is about traveling in taste and in time through the past, to 1920, when a now-forgotten family first opened its doors to a community longing for the tastes and textures of Canton. Wellness is about bringing the body upward into the mind. Wellness is a Saturday morning.