Today’s prompt: What tiny rituals: signal that your day is starting; help you ease into a creative project; give you closure from an intensive task; or mark other significant milestones in your day? What new rituals would you like to create in the new year?
For me everything begins and ends with a cup of tea – be it a cup of rich spicy Chai or the smooth woodsiness of Rooibos in the morning. In the afternoon I enjoy a cup of Orange Pekoe for a pick-me-up. Nothing soothes like chamomile with a bit of honey in the evening. I would be in trouble if there is a prohibition on tea!
I have wondered what is it about this simple beverage that gives me such comfort and pleasure. Having grown up mostly in Canada, I am not familar with the Chinese tea culture or ceremony. I must have developed and perfected my own tea ceremony over the years. It has served me well, giving me time and pause to breathe – to inhale and exhale, to rest, rejuvenate and to re-evaluate what road I need to go down next.
Taking time to rise and put the kettle on changes my perspective of many things besides my surrounding. I am no longer inert and staring helpless and stuck at my keyboard. Moving and filling the kettle stirs my brain and memory. A word, an idea and sometimes a whole new sentence comes to me. I sigh inside, my body whispering, ahhhh. A conversation starts in my head. I do not feel stuck anymore.
The water boils. Steam comes in a steady stream from the spout. I turn the burner off. I open the cupboard door and finds my favourite mug. I look through my array of teas to chooses one for my mood of the moment. Do I need smoothing out, or do I want to step it up? How about something in the middle to keep the flow of words coming?
My tea ceremony works well in easing me in and out of the day. In recent days, I have rediscovered my love of swimming laps. The warmth of the water and the rhythm of my strokes smooth and sooth me. I am caressed by the water as in a mother’s womb. I am once again held by everlasting and unconditional love. My arms are reaching through the water, slicing away the worry and stress of an ordinary life. It is a good routine and ritual to keep for the upcoming year. I am feeling blessed.