My tea ritual

I’m fascinated by morning rituals – the small things people do to gear themselves up for the day. I know some who eat the same breakfast, day in and day out. Some people use the same bowl or cup. There are tea and coffee rituals galore.
These are the ways we lure ourselves out of bed, ground ourselves for the day ahead.
With the seasons changing, I can already feel it getting ever so slightly harder to get out of bed. Dawn comes later, the days not always so dazzlingly sunny and, in my case, a week of late nights have left my mornings lackluster. These are the times when I lean on rituals more than ever.
Many times my rituals revolve around the tea. Most mornings see me pulling out some sort of mug or teapot and shaking in a spoonful or two of leaves. The type varies. In the fall I like chamomile, yarrow stem and lime blossom. They feel familiar, comforting, and bracing.
Someone said “Tea is the way forward.” For me this is true.picture-1273
It depends on the day and the type of tea and what happens to be clean and dry. Some days it’s a small mug, some days it’s a giant mug.
I’d like to tell you that I take my tea to a window seat and curl up and gaze out at the view, or I read poetry or do something lofty. That rarely happens.
More often there’s news on in the background, my tea cooling while I answer email, a mug that is more serviceable than elegant. It doesn’t matter, really.
What matters is that I do it. That I take the time for this small thing that grounds me for the rest of the day. That even on hectic mornings, in fearful times, I am able to wrap my hands around a warm cup, inhale a fragrance both comforting and calming. In that small moment I feel like, ‘Yes, I can do this!’ And then I get on with my day.

8 thoughts on “My tea ritual

  1. Ritualul meu e sa-mi beau cafeaua dimineata din “butelcuta” (o ceasca din lut ce seamana cu un butoias), iar cafeaua sa fie facuta la ibric. Sora-mea ma batea la cap cu espressorul ei; nu are cafeaua de espressor aceeasi aroma cu cea facuta la ibric.

  2. Mine involves coffee, freshly made and scenting the house, feeding the cats before settling in to enjoy a mug while watching them in their morning ritual of breakfast. It is the routine of it, not the caffeine (!), that gives grounding and a sense of rightness to the start of my day. Thank you for the lovely post!

  3. I tend to enjoy my fall mornings with a warm cup of lemon tea, which has such an incredible aroma. And in the winter, I really love the cozy cinnamon tea with my weekend paper. Love this post! 🙂

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