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Fancy a cuppa?

For thousands of years people all over the world have enjoyed Tea... On National Tea Day join me for a cuppa? or try the Tea Meditation below

Tea is a gentle reminder to slow down and savor the moment

Tea time is a chance to slow down, pull back and appreciate our surroundings. Letitia Baldridge

Tea Meditation

Begin by choosing your vessel, be it an elegant china cup or a cherished mug, with associations of warmth and comfort. Let your heart guide your choice, for this vessel shall be your companion in this meditation. And if the spirit falters and you become distracted, do not scold yourself, but gently come back to the present moment, where every action becomes a prayer

Now, turn your attention to the tea itself, a symbol of nature's bounty and, some would say, the essence of serenity. Do you favor the earthy chaos of loose leaves or the simplicity of a tea bag? Allow your intuition to guide you, for in this meditation, there is no right or wrong, only what resonates with you

As the kettle rumbles or whistles its song, you can stand tall and breathe deeply, drawing in the essence of life itself. And when the water reaches its crescendo, let it rest for a moment, as you gather your thoughts and prepare for the alchemy to come

With a gentle hand, warm your vessel with a splash of hot water, inviting it to awaken from its slumber. Then, with grace and intention, place the tea leaves or bag into the sacred vessel, a gentle symphony of aroma wafting on the air

As the water pours over the tea, watch with reverence as the leaves unfurl and the aroma envelops you in its embrace. Stay present, anchored in the rhythm of your breath, as the tea begins its journey from leaf to cup

Allow the tea to steep, observe the rising steam, a silent offering to the heavens. Breathe deeply, allowing each inhalation to anchor you in the moment, each exhale a release of tension and expectation

And when the time is right, when the tea has whispered its secrets to the water, pour it into your waiting cup, a miracle of temperature, texture, color, flavour and fragrance dancing before your eyes

Finally, cradle your cup in your hands, feeling the warmth radiate through your fingertips. Lift it to your lips, allowing the aroma to caress your senses, a sacred communion between earth and sky, body and soul. And as you drink, let each sip radiate warmth seep into your bones, a gentle reminder of the interconnectedness of all things

“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.”

Lin Yutang

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