“Tea tempers the spirit…harmonizes the mind”. So wrote Lu Yu many centuries ago in his ‘Classic of Tea’. I have a tea room in my office now where clients can enjoy a few sips, if they choose to, after a treatment. There is something sacred about the stillness of sitting with a warm cup of tea after getting your circulation balanced with acupuncture. The mind is eager to contemplate, to look at our lives thoughtfully. It might be time to cut something out or perhaps change our focus in some bright way that may seem small but could change the course of our life!
Right now, I am content serving the few types of tea I am familiar with. This is usually green tea for those who come early in day. Come mid-afternoon and early evening, there is the fresh chamomile or rooibos (African red bush) that are both known for their soothing and relaxing qualities.
Eventually, as my repertoire expands, I will introduce the tulsi and goji teas that my colleague recommends (he suggested eating the goji seeds after steeping). I am a long time fan of an afternoon cup, long before we knew that tea was loaded with anti-oxidants and other healing properties. I am sure that Lu Yu, that ancient seer of tea, was onto many of the benefits without knowing exactly why or where they came from. Take ten minutes mid afternoon to enjoy one today and, if you are so inclined, think of one small change you can make to support your health and joy. Here is to cultivating the art of tea!