Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tips for Living Wicca: Have a Cup of Tea

Do you want to experience a miracle? I mean, something really glorious? Then have some tea!

Those of you who drink tea are now nodding. Those of you who don't drink tea, do not understand. You don't have to take our word for it: 

“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?” 

― Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

“There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life.” ― Lin Yutang, The Importance Of Living

“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.” ― William Ewart Gladstone

“As far as her mom was concerned, tea fixed everything. Have a cold? Have some tea. Broken bones? There's a tea for that too. Somewhere in her mother's pantry, Laurel suspected, was a box of tea that said, 'In case of Armageddon, steep three to five minutes'.” ― Aprilynne Pike, Illusions

“Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of the Imperfect, as it is a tender attempt to accomplish something possible in this impossible thing we know as life.” ― Okakura Kakuzō, The Book of Tea

“Arthur blinked at the screens and felt he was missing something important. Suddenly he realized what it was."Is there any tea on this spaceship?" he asked.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

“Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?” ― D.T. Suzuki, Zen and Japanese Culture

My Tip for You Today: Throw some herbs into hot water and enjoy the pleasure of a luxurious cup of tea. 

Those of you who don't particularly care for tea might be wondering, "What the heck does tea have to do with Wicca?!!"

Think for a second: the water and herbs, the power in them. The mindful moment you spend when you're steeping tea-- the way the sensory experience just anchors you to the moment: the scent, the warmth, the taste. 

If you're not a fan of tea, don't give up. Try different blends and herbs. Learn to steep it for the right amount of time. Give your tastebuds time to adapt to it (which can take 10 or 20 times). You will not regret it. 

What's your favorite type of tea?

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