So, I drowsily walk to the kettle right out of bed. I’m pretty simple when it comes to steeping my tea, so I reach for my favourite mug and a basic stainless steel strainer. It’s the familiarity and the daily ritual that I’m after and the cup of tea to sip. While the water boils, I’ll choose a black tea from my collection and grab my journal and a pen.
I sit in my comfy lounger and sip, close my eyes and think about my intention. Today I was not only thinking about being patient, I was experiencing how I would feel as a patient person. It feels so calm and in control! Sip more tea, journal a little about the thoughts and feelings, sip some more tea. It’s only about a 5 minute thing once the tea’s made. 5 minutes, a cup of tea and I’ve set myself up to have a pretty empowered day.
Guest contribution by Paula Geerligs The winter holiday season is my favorite excuse to hang out in the kitchen, where it’s warm and filled with enticing aromatics. Last winter, I spent many hours there (my “kitchen shift”, I’d call it), working on my baking skills and tea blending for friends. … Continue reading
This time of year, I think of “Oh my? It’s fruitcake weather!” — one of the memorable lines in Truman Capote’s wonderfully incisive portrait of his alter ego Buddy’s time in the South baking with his eccentric cousin Sook in “A Christmas Memory.” However, reading the story sets me to … Continue reading
We’re going back into the archives to revisit these classic posts by James Norwood Pratt. This post includes “China Black”, “Keemun – Splendor of Flavor and Perfume”, and “Yunnan – Among the Grandest of the World’s Black Teas”. We have added a link to the end of each one to … Continue reading
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