Some of you may be familiar with my tea crush…with James Norwood Pratt.  I had the immense honour of meeting my tea sage at the World Tea Expo last year and I have a confession to make…I read his words sometimes just to be inspired.  He uses words like an artist uses a paintbrush.  Each stroke evoking the perfect image and feeling.

Here’s what I just read:

Tea is …a sort of spiritual refreshment, an elixir of clarity and wakeful tranquility.  Respectfully preparing tea and partaking of it mindfully creates heart to heart conviviality, a way to go beyond this world and enter a realm apart.  No pleasure is simpler, no luxury cheaper, no consciousness-altering agents more benign.  In every culture, taking tea somehow evolves into a ritual re-enactment of communion, a spiritual practice in other words, and by gradual degrees this become a Way – a Mirror of Soul – in its own right

I stumbled on this amazing board on pinterest and decided I had to share it with you all.  Jennifer R. is a Strategic Visual Communication designer and has created a series of ‘what my ___ says to me’.  Of course I got caught by “What my tea says to me”.  Her goal is to have 365 of these up by the end of 2013.  I just have to share them – because tea evokes such emotion and such beauty and I do my best to remember that, even though the reality of my daily ‘business’ life with tea doesn’t always evoke that!

INSPIRATION

There is a story that an engineer performed some aerodynamic calculations on the wingspan, body weight and shape of a bumblebee and concluded that bumblebees should not be mathematically capable of flying.  And yet…we all know that they can and do.  How is this possible?  Because nobody ever told them that they can’t.  This is one of my favourite stories and one I try to remember when I hear the words ‘you can’t’.  

Think of that as you wake up and give yourself your five minutes of quiet time.  Stretch and start your day.

 

OUT OF THE BOX

Smile at a stranger today.  Not a cashier or a sales person.  I mean a random person that crosses your path on the street.  A real smile – smiles don’t count if you don’t look the person in the eyes.

 

EXCERCISE

I’m going to go for a run today – 5km – but I’m a runner and don’t expect you to suddenly start running.  Put on your sneakers and go for a walk – 30 minute brisk walk.  Put your favourite music in your ears and walk in the clouds!

DRINK DRINK AND DRINK.  Water or tea.  Make sure there is no sugar in what you’re drinking.  Add flavour with my favourite Genmaicha Sticks in a bottle of water.

MENU

BREAKFAST
Hot water with lemon
Whole wheat toast with almond butter and sugar free jam
Fruit Salad

Blend 103

LUNCH
Spinach salad with grilled skinless chicken.  Make your own dressing:  Balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper

Sencha Kiwi Garden

SNACK
Green Drink:  Combine kale, apple, grapes, cucumber, 1tsp agave in a blender, fill half with cold water.  Blend well.

DINNER
Vegetarian Chili  – click for recipe

Sunburst Raspberry iced – sweetened with 1tsp of agave and a splash of club soda

 

 

 

We use the expression all the time – but does anyone remember that Tea for Two is a real song – actually, it’s a 1950 Doris Day movie – below is the original trailer for the movie and below that is my favourite version of the song – a remix of the great Sarah Vaughan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb9qp5qCNzg&feature=related

Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane – Honoré de Balzac

I always fear that creation will expire before teatime – Sydney Smith

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty – Japanese Proverb