Life doesn’t actually get better when we’re distracted — surfing online, updating our status, checking the news, generally immersed in our devices. Life gets better when we’re connecting with real people in real time. Not to mention that the less time we spend on our devices, the more time we have to actually do something. Write something. Create something. Taste something.
The ritual of tea — boiling the water, brewing the leaves, and sipping the infusion — does something that little else in life does these days: It gives us a little hiatus, a break in the action. Compared with the nano-gap we might get while waiting at a stoplight or grabbing a quick espresso, this is time we can actually dive into and enjoy.
We’re not talking hours here. Try 10 minutes and see how you feel. It doesn’t need to be complicated. Pay attention to each step, take your time, and you may find that for the rest of your day you’re a little more relaxed, present, and cheerful.
Buy some good tea
Whole leaf tea is generally fresher and better tasting — you get more bang for the buck. Look for consistency in size, shape and color. I recommend unflavored tea, because it’s generally better quality. And it’s a fraction of the cost of tea bags or coffee.
When you’re boiling the water, just boil the water
Don’t do anything else. If you have a glass kettle, watch the bubbles go from tiny to large to roiling. Notice your breath and allow this experience to set the tone. The Earth is mostly water. You are mostly water. Water is a miracle, and so is heat. Enjoy them.