May 6, 2010

The Art of Tea

To "take tea" is the act of making and drinking tea that forces us to slow down. Drinking tea is a ritual. Put water on to boil. Pick out a tea cup and saucer. Prepare tea, cream, sugar and food, if you like. Then waiting for the tea to steep. Finally, relax, enjoy and be in your moment.

The daily routine of it can vary. Tea is something to share with a friend over conversation. It can be a tea party with a few loved ones, potluck style. You provide tea, someone bring scones, another tea sandwiches. It can be a quiet time to yourself with a book or journal. It can also be a time to formulate creative thoughts into a new project. Absorption and reflection are important to brain activity and production. Stop and take tea and see what happens.
 Some of my tea cup and saucers.


These two old tea cups were my great grandmothers. The lace doily behind them, my mother made.

This is my favorite tea cup right now.

"Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company."--Anonymous

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