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"Where better to care for the soul than in the details of our daily lives?....The soul has an absolute, unforgiving need for regular excursions into enchantment. It requires them like the body needs food and the mind needs thought... An enchanted world is one that speaks to the soul, to the mysterious depths of the heart and imagination where we find value, love and union with the world around us. As mystics of many religions have taught, that sense of rapturous union can give a sense of fulfillment that makes life purposeful and vibrant." ~ Thomas Moore.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Moroccan Mint Tea Time







 I love tea. Especially when I have it with others. For me Tea is more of a special time, than something I drink. It is the panacea from Mother Nature that bonds a certain amount of time given to people to share it either with the tea itself or the person drinking with you.

Tea also speaks to me, it speaks of its Medicine, its friendship, its comforting Nature. It is at these times especially when the Medicine of Our Mother is consciously registered.

"Gathering Flowers'' by John William Waterhouse


I love to make a ritual of Tea Time, it is Sacred Time spent with Another sharing what I've come to call Soul Speak....because the Tea invites ones body to relax, mind to calm, and soul to open....the speaking then is from the Soul....it is real, authentic, honest and expressive.
I have Tea Time with my neighbor when she has time, or needs this Sacred Medicine......
and here we had the beginnings of Tea Time coming together.


 We each have our own pots we prefer, hers is a plunger type tea/coffee maker which eventually had to be replaced with a larger one LOL, and mine is a glass teapot.
We like the glass because it allows us to watch as the tea sighs deeply, as it wakes up from its parched state eagerly awaiting its soul's mate, water. Then it seems to do an exultant and languid dance as its newly moisturized leaves unwinds, expands to a moist and giving pleasure.
This is especially beautiful when rose buds are mixed into the tea.

We like to choose our tea based on our current moods.....I put out our choices, we sniff and choose.
Most often it is Orange Blossom Tea by Rishi  ....a beautiful mix of lemongrass, orange blossom.


We have a little pot of Orange Blossom Honey and simple sugar for sweetening. Our personal tea spoons are Japanese Wood and the spoon rests are river rocks. We have decided clear glass is best to drink our beautiful Tea for we can still observe the tea in the glass, its gorgeous golden color and amber hues, ....no beauty is left out. The sea scalloped clear glasses are always our choice.






 Sometimes, I have tea for one and often this choice is for Moroccan Mint Tea. This is a beautiful ritual I do for myself when I need alot of hot nurturing from this tea....it is both soothing and energizing. I use a whole bunch of fresh mint, a dash of gunpowder tea. Sometimes I add lavender blossoms at the end for that exquisite taste, but mostly the mint is beautiful and perfect enough on its own. It has lasted as a ritual and tradition of the East for thousands of years for good reason. I have an authentic Moroccan Mint Tea pot which I serve in Persian Tea Glass rimmed with 24K gold. This is luxurious tea in so many ways.
I can drink the entire pot though it takes me half the day. It is also perfect cooled and even the next day.
On this day I happen to have some of my own Linzer Cookies made. These are such a gorgeous decadence!

 


Sometimes the gardens herbs speak to me, want to be with me..... in me, intimately.....I know then its time to make a garden herbal tea. I can pick some lemon grass, sage, and whatever is exuding it's vibrancy. Then I mix them right into the tea pot.........

add the hot water, and see what messages unravel for me, what Medicine soothes me. Usually the garden knows what we need and will ''speak'' to us if we walk through listening, and when we do, we are always rewarded with their Gifts. I add a bit of local honey to sweeten...... and listen further, deeper to the herbs to ''hear'' their messages. Always they have wisdom to share, even if it is unspoken wisdom but a gift of calm and serenity, grace and detachment....the Beauty and Presence of Our Mother.




I am sensitive and tuned to Mother so I hear and taste what She has to offer and She has taught me, is still teaching me so much. What a richness of life and experience She has taught me. It is why I have so many gifts to offer, why I possess so much.....it is all from Her. Teas are the green medicines from Her body, Water from Her body.....these are all the gifts of the Great Mother who sustains us all.


 My Moroccan Tea Pot stays on the table with their glasses....they are so beautiful to me....





Enjoy your tea time.
blessings, Lady


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3 comments:

  1. Mint tea is so good! It is uppigande! Drinking tea and savor a Linzer cookie. It is sweet and lovely. I love my moments with a cup of tea! I wish you a wonderful continuation of the week! Zinnia

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  2. What a wonderful post...I am going to have some Ginseng Peppermint...It is SO good!!! It soothes my soul....I am running low and have to find a new supplier...I lost mine... :(

    Tea Time!!

    Thanks Lady ...:)

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  3. I love teat too:) I never drink coffee (though I like it) I just like tea so much better.

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