Tea holds a very special place in my life. I know some of you may be thinking that it’s odd one food or drink can hold so much space in a person’s life, but it’s true. It’s far more than a hot beverage, it’s the ritual, the routine, the present moment-ness and mindfulness cultivated during making tea, and sharing tea with loved ones that makes it so special. When I first met Bennett, he was not a tea drinker…like at all. I used to visit him here in Nashville before I moved here and I’d have to bring my whole tea kit with me to make sure I could indulge in my tea routines while away from home. Nonetheless, he picked up on my habits and started to truly enjoy the whole process of heating the kettle, waiting to hear the whistle, pouring the hot water, and letting it rest before snuggling our hands around the mug and enjoying a cup together. Those moments were so precious to me and still are to this day when we both make tea for each other. It may be that tea is one of my love languages, but I speak through it. When he’s having a rough day or long day from work, I make him a mug of tea; when I have friends over and we’re catching up, I immediately offer tea; when my team comes over to work at my place…you guessed it tea is offered. I’ve also collected so many unique tea mugs over the years, which are very sentimental.
So whether tea already has a special place in your life or you’re just starting to learn more about drinking tea, I hope this post guides you in picking out your favorites. All it takes is your favorite mug, hot water, and the tea. Then, it’s all about enjoying the moment. Cheers!