Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Last week a blogger buddy sent me this article on tea rituals. The concept of creating a ritual from having tea is not only ancient, a practice developed in scores of cultures throughout time, but beautiful too. The act of offering a cup of tea as a sign of appreciation and gratitude is disarmingly simple. It's the thoughtfulness of preparing the tea. Intention. I like to think that a tea ritual can be enjoyed between two people or with just yourself. If I can seize a moment or two of contemplation as I dip my spoon of honey into my mug of tea then I receive two blessings--tea and appreciation. Both are willful acts, in a way.
If you lived closer, I would invite you over for tea this afternoon and maybe a plate of butter cookies as in the top photo. I would make the pot of tea with the intention of expressing my gratitude for you and your beautiful creativity and the friendship forming here.
PS. don't forget to vote today!