Throughout the centuries tea has been a custom of calm, gathering, relaxation and tradition.
Chinese tea ceremonies at weddings as an offering to parents and thanking them for raising them.
In Indian, chai tea can be found on every street corner.
In Morocca, mint tea is practically their national drink.
Classic British afternoon tea time. (I always picture cucumber sandwiches and the Queen)
And in Russia "Zavarka" is tea time with a piece of cake. They called it "naked" if not eaten with cake.
No matter where in the world, or what tradition, tea time is a time for oneself. A time to sit and enjoy this small pleasure or warmth when it's cool or cooling when it's hot. This is this weeks Self Care Sunday.
Take the time to go a tea store and browse, smell, ask questions about what teas are for different things. Possibly see if a friend sells tea through a direct sales business. (I love supporting local business and friends). Or even take some time in the tea aisle at the grocery store. I like to stand there and read all the interesting flavour mixtures companies have come up with.
Set aside some time this week and plan it in your calendar. Yes, we are planning 30 minutes of relaxing tea time people. Maybe plan everyday at a certain time you take this 10-20, or 30 minutes to sit down with your tea.
A few tips for your tea time:
- Turn off t.v''s or media if you can. Or be in another room if you are using it to distract your kids!
- Find your favorite mug. Everything is better in your favorite mug.
- Slow down and pay attention to all the sensations of drinking the tea. Notice the temperature as your mug touches your lips.
- Is the tea bitter, sweet, sour? I love mint tea and I like the tingle left on my tounge long after the sip is gone.
- Feel the warmth of the tea in the throat and belly.
- Pay attention to the aroma.
- Sit quietly for a little while. Set a time if you are concerned about getting back to your busy day.
How do you like your tea? sweet with sugar or honey? Smooth with cream or milk?
My favorite is mint tea, black without sugar or milk.
Jen The Bitchin' Housewife