Slow it down
We love tea because it reminds us to slow down. In our fast-paced culture of drive through coffee, 70-hour work weeks, overloaded schedules, and too much noise, tea reminds us that there is a good reason to take a rest. Let me just be real for a second. My mind is always racing. I’m thinking about what to do this evening, or homework, or trying to run my business, or a million other things, but with all this thinking, I’m rarely meditating on anything of value, or life-giving.
If you feel the same lamentation I do, I have a little secret to share with you, and it has to do with tea. I’ve started to take tea breaks (very British, I know). My first tea break of the day is at the crack of dawn. Setting my alarm just a wee bit earlier than I normally do, to allow for my break, I start some water, pour it over some loose leaf tea and sit. That’s is, just sit. I don’t check my phone. I don’t turn on music. Heck, I don’t even turn on any lights. For me this is a time to reflect, pray, and prepare my heart for the day to come. It’s perfect, you should try it.
- Joel Ressel