Tea after water when I first awake.
Tea as a meditation.
Tea on a walk through the neighborhood.
Tea while I work.
Tea in the afternoon with a creativity break.
Tea shared with friends.
Tea in the evening before bed.
I wrote this post on the airplane on my way to visit my sister’s family in Alaska, accompanied by… tea! I always bring an empty thermos or travel mug and my own tea and get hot water once I’m through security.
Why this love affair with tea?
Considering the Camellia Sinensis plant–black tea, green, white, oolong, and more–tea offers a well-balanced mix of relaxed alertness.
The caffeine is about 1/3 less than in coffee, and it contains an amino acid, L-Theanine, that promotes relaxation. It’s the only nourishing hot drink I know of that can help your nervous system wake up and become more alert while relaxing you at the same time!
Tea’s warm liquid soothes your throat and nervous system and can be flavored to suit your taste. It invites you to slow down, to savor, to appreciate–even in the midst of a busy or stressful day.
Tea’s many forms accompany me through my life–black in the morning, green or white in the afternoon, and herbal tisane in the evening.
What other hot drink can shape-shift to match the needs of your day and balance your nervous system quite so well?
Come practice with tea and me
as the holidays start to gather speed.
Take an afternoon break to be with tea–
to engage with creativity, to be mindful,
and to deeply fill your well in community.