I was recently asked by a customer why I am so passionate about tea. After some thought….here is what I said:
For me tea is about connecting. Preparing and savoring good tea is leaving the past and the future behind and connecting to the center of the now. Enjoying the moment has become ever more important to me and tea enables my presence in the present.
It connects me to the sweet passing of time, to the hands that picked and steamed the leaf, and to the cadence of my breath.
All that remains after is a sweet lingering aroma and a moistness on the lips–impermanent and yet lingering, simple yet profound. This elementary experience connects me to myself and to the world at large. And this is why I love tea.