I read the following text several times :
“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.”
― William Ewart Gladstone, statesman and four-times Prime Minister of Great-Britain (1809-1898)
But before this week I had never felt it.
Bad sleep, bad news, rising stress… A very common situation.
In the morning, when I found myself unable to focus on anything, I decided to make some tea.
A Korean green tea from Jeju Island, brewed in a kyusu.
And I felt much better !
This tea’s sweetness and freshness brought me a new energy and relieved my anxieties.
Is it the tea ? The moment when I had to focus on preparing and drinking it ?
Does it matter ? No.
Water is hot.
I pour it on the dry leaves and I put the lid back to seal the teapot.
I slowly count to 30 and I help myself.
I only look at the stream coming out of the spout.
I watch the pale liquid filling my white bowl, so light and delicate.
I smell the brewed leaves in the teapot. I let myself be invaded by this sweet and fresh fragrance, so soothing.
Now I breathe the tea from my bowl. I would like to taste this fragrance with my mouth.
The soft warmth keeps wrapping me.
At last, I drink.
First sip, warm and fresh at the same time.
I close my eyes so that nothing disturbs this moment.
Second sip, over the previous one, covering my mouth and my throat with its delightful flavor.
Third sip. The magic keeps working.
My bowl is empty. I am full with energy.
Have YOU lived such moments ?
I have to go, my kettle is whistling, & my book is calling…