"If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are too heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you."
Do you take time out of your day, no matter how busy, to treat yourself to the art of taking tea? I can promise you that it will reward you. You will feel rewarded by having made time for this simple luxury that we can all afford. It will relax you and even change the pace of your entire day.
Make a small pot of your favorite flavour of tea. For me, that is strong English breakfast tea with a little milk. Be sure to use a pot as it does affect the taste of tea when made in a pot.
Take out a teacup and saucer. No mugs allowed when you really take tea. I promise you that tea taste better in a teacup and holding the cup will also influence your mind to slow down and relax for a few moments.
Perhaps you have a pretty spoon you purchased like me at a flea market? Or perhaps you even have one that is a family heirloom? Place the spoon on your saucer to remind you that you deserve this moment.
And enjoy a little cookie to nibble on. Almond biscotti is delicious with a hot cup of tea as one example. Don't feel like you cannot take tea alone. It is a way to pamper yourself and slow down in your day, whether you only have 15 minutes or an hour. Taking tea alone each day should become a necessity and not a luxury!
"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future."
~Thich Nat Hahn
~Thich Nat Hahn
Painting above...Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin - Lady Taking Tea