Tea & Conversation
For those that travel, we always seem to be searching for our place. Our place to eat, rest, rejuvenate, connect, and converse. There is no shortage of high traffic destinations curated for the current trends. So, finding the spot that speaks to you and gives you a sense of warmth and home is a journey within the destination.
Since my adoption of tea drinking, one of my must-dos is to find a place to have tea. Sometimes I host myself with the tea I travel with. Otherwise, I search for the right spot that allows me to detach and give a few moments to myself. A notebook for conversation with myself and sometimes conversation with another. It's a ritual that I have practiced since living in Seattle.
The healing power of plants and living in the Pacific Northwest of the US taught me a lot about healing. Nature is our number one therapist. The edibility of flowers brings a dose of the magic from nature. You taste complexity through simplicity of what a flower can provide your palette. The ornamentation we choose to season or garnish our food with comes from nature.
More often than not we consume something that's harvested by another humans hands. Imagine the flavor of something that comes from the source. Fresh ingredients make all the difference, and nothing has a infinite shelf life. Time doesn't always allow us to do this. And this is what brings us to this lesson of being present. Time is always a factor in anything edible so, slow down and enjoy whats in front of you.
This ritual is a personal check-in and a time to enjoy the healing powers of plants. My love for tea brewed from my love for plants and appreciation of their healing properties. (We will revisit this later.) During a personal check-in you can use it to figure out what you yourself are in need of. If you work a 9 to 5 you can use it to set intentions for the rest of you work day. Prep for a transition into other parts of you life.
Remember how much information and interaction you may have during the course of a day. This pot of tea is your catalyst to disengage.
Preparation is an art. Imagine watching your meal being prepared in front of you rather than in a kitchen. Would you not be more engaged with your food seeing its structure being built before your eyes? Below is matcha, Yuzu, and a risoto made with tea.