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This morning I woke up early and took advantage of the fact that my family really enjoys sleeping in on the weekends. The early morning hours are so peaceful. My kids are not fighting, the television.is not on, my husband is not sitting on his computer or on his phone. No one is rushing around and looking for misplaces clothing articles or items that are needed for school. It is quiet and there are no distractions. . It might be the only moment of the day when I’m not multi-tasking. I truly enjoy that time of peace, that time to myself, when I can think and when I can breathe and when I can enjoy a hot cup of tea all alone and look through my kitchen blinds and watch the sunrise. The morning slowly becomes brighter and full of beautiful colors. That first sip of my morning cup of tea renews my soul, relaxes my senses, rejuvenates my mind and restores my energy. This is my morning ritual and it also includes a little prayer of gratitude.
Many people tell me that preparing a cup of loose leaf tea in the mornings is just too much to deal with and it often takes too much prep time. I personally do not believe that this is the case. It’s true that you will extract the most pleasure from fine tea, steeped with care. It usually takes just as long as brewing a pot of coffee, however, it does entail a little bit more attention but the end result is defiantly worth it and very rewarding.
If you are new to tea, I highly encourage you to brew yourself a cup of loose leaf tea and enjoy each step. Watch the water change into a beautiful color as the tea leaves begin to unfurl and open up. The aroma is an exhilarating subtle fragrance that can send your spirits soaring. And then there is the taste. It is slightly floral which sweetens the cup and makes the flavor seem more refined. I am almost reminded of a citrus fruit -- sweet & tangy with an almost perfumey floral flavor. I think it is very feminine and can be incredibly relaxing, pleasant and enjoyable to drink. It is definitely a beverage that encourages you to savor every sip you take. Tea is a wonderful beverage that offers a myriad of benefits and endless possibilities for exploration.