On Tea Time
I have been convinced.
I am now an avid lover of tea.
All this time, I had been so indifferent to it, but over the course of the last year and a half, the beauty of cold brewed tea during the summer and hot tea in the warmer months has been unlocked to me.
I’m a fan of rituals and there’s something extraordinary about the five minutes in the morning that I dedicate to thinking about and appreciating the way that my body allows me to execute the ritual of making tea for myself.
I find myself going into what I assume a meditative state is supposed to feel like as soon as I decide that it’s time to get tea into my cup. Since I’m writing to you all from a week of 100 degrees Fahrenheit of weather in the throes of summer, I’ve been enjoying cold brewed tea in the mornings.
My lovely partner gifted me some tea leaves (a jasmine green, about two tablespoons) that I put into a diffuser carafe that my best friend gifted me and I let sit for anywhere from six hours to twelve hours. Sometimes it completely slips my mind and I don’t end up taking it out on time, but green tea in these lower quantities tend to be quite forgiving to these mental slips. I’ve been working on my fitness and health and have scaled back significantly on my sugar intake, so plain, unsugared cold brewed tea has been wonderful for me. I enjoy the process of grabbing my mug (yes, I have a favorite mug that I will put both cold and hot beverages in, which incidentally was also a gift from a friend). I love watching the way that the tea slides out of the carafe and swirls and eddies into the cup. It’s mesmerizing, like watching ocean waves on a miniature scale. I thoroughly enjoy the entire process, from the moment that I decide to go to the kitchen to that first sip, that entire bit of time narrows my focus in to enjoying the moment fully and deeply.
I’m hoping to cultivate that sort of mindfulness and presence within other moments and aspects of my life, but I’m thrilled that I’m understanding more the feeling that I’m supposed to get from meditation. There’s something beautiful about allowing yourself to immerse fully in the present, focusing upon and admiring all the things you’re sensing, and appreciating the flow.