Tastings

 

Robert Louis Stevenson once said, ‘So long as we love, we serve”. 

We believe that contained within the art of tea tastings we find balance.  Within this art we slow our breath and embrace this present moment.  It holds the coming together of the past and the future of time itself.  Time and space become one.  We learn of relationship.  We develop connection through the fullness of our own singularity.  We learn about the relationship of ourselves to the many facets of life.  Contained in the practice of meditation and prayer we learn of our inner world.   While we taste the warming beverage of tea we blend the opposites of life.  We balance these opposites through the focus of our senses.  We utilize our breath to connect to the aromas expressed in the tea.   We spearhead our attention in the harmonies of the color, aromas, and then the flavors of tea.  We discover the intent of those that planted, nurtured, and harvested the tea.  We taste the mastery of the blender through their vision.   We explore the synergy of herbs, teas and the outcomes.  We maximize the potential of relationship, that to our inner core, our soul, and then to others.

While we slow our attention to the magic held within the flavors of our tea we also slow our scope of thought.  We reduce the scope of life to a small slice of time.  The regrets of the past and the fears of the future silently funnel into the beauty of this present moment.  The subsequent slowing of our breath slows the pace of our mind.  Day and night, light and darkness cease to be separate.  The yin and yang of life find contentment in the beautiful integration of the tea’s aromas, flavors and colors.  The umami of life itself unfolds through the many flavors of the tea.  We now create new perspectives. The material and spiritual find balance.  The separation of the head and the heart are no more. Heaven and earth become one.  Our process of breath through the inhalation and the exhalation are one complete unifying process. The space between breaths takes upon a life of its own.  The zero point on a number line lives and is now packed with meaning and purpose. We find value and fullness in the dimension held within this emptiness.  Love, as a seedling breaks through the top soil of a yearning heart.

We understand the whole through its parts; its opposites and contradictions.  We now embrace all the divisiveness life has to offer.  We comprehend. Through this comprehension we find peace.  We discover contentment.  We become aware how light contains the fullness of its color spectrum.  We learn how through its absence springs darkness.  Through the absence of sound, we discover the potential of silence. Thus, in the absence of light we find darkness hovering with possibilities.  We begin to feel the dawn of compassion. We observe it unfold its form and wonder through its beautifully inspiring structure.

We call this method of tea consumption, the American Tea Ceremony.  The wonders of the American Spirit and its many contradictions find its fullness through it opposites and contradictions.  The varied aspects of sound and the multitudes of blending light are but a reflection and reverberation of America itself.  Through this artform of a tea ceremony we honor these divisions.  We embrace them and find joy and harmony within them for this is America.  It is similar to the complexities we discover within ourselves.  We open the heart to display this same rainbow of diversity and precision. Through its apparent contradictions there is a magic and a splendor of beautiful precision.

In the slow pace of tea consumption, we hear for the first time.  We cease to be deaf.  We listen to the sounds of the universe within.  We observe for the first time.  The light within takes shape.  We begin to hear and listen to the fulcrum of life within the center of our conscious awareness.  We find the purity of the observer.  We now are aware of the inner meaning and purpose of our existence. The opposites contained within the whole find balance.  We bring harmony to our outer world because we have now discovered it within our inner world.  Our lives are now a reflection of what shines forth from our inner spirit.  We balance the opposites of meditation and prayer as well the balancing poles of health and well-being.   The mystery of tasting tea now becomes alive with possibilities.  Our journey now makes sense.  Our discoveries now have value and meaning. Through the singularity of our inner connections, we now enjoy the completeness of relationship.

In prayer we speak to God.  In meditation we listen for His response.  In tea we embrace the wonder and beauty of that dialogue.

Robert Louis Stevenson once said, ‘So long as we love, we serve”. 

In our attempt to serve you, we would like to encourage tea consumption.  As we have come to understand its many benefits to both health and well-being, we hope to assist you in the process of finding balance through tea.  For this reason, we will be conducting tea tastings throughout the United States so that we may attempt to build relationships from within and without.     

                                                                                                                                                    


 

The Ginger, Turmeric and Cinnamon Trifecta by siimland.com

 

Siim Land

Are you suffering from inflammation, bloating or constipation? You are?  Great – this article gives you 3 super foods that reduce inflammation. It’s about the health benefits of ginger, turmeric and cinnamon.

The 3 Super Foods That Reduce Inflammation

Our bodies get exposed to many compounds and substances that cause more damage than good on a daily basis. Most of them come from food and water but there are other sources that we can’t control that much, like the air.

That’s why you’d want to alleviate that by improving your body’s ability to heal itself.

The foundation should be an anti-inflammatory ketogenic diet that includes fresh vegetables and unprocessed animal products. But you can also use these specific seasoning that have a much more powerful effect.

#1 Ginger

The first of these foods is ginger. Ginger root has been used by the Chinese and other nations for thousands of years.

There are many medicinal compounds in ginger but the most effective one come from gingerols. They’re highly potent antioxidants that are anti-inflammatory.

Here are the health benefits of ginger:

  • Improves digestion and nausea
  • Removes constipation and gastrointestinal stress
  • Ginger consumption reduces stroke and heart disease
  • Helps to absorb nutrients
  • Fight fungal and bacterial infections
  • Reduces inflammation and pain
  • Inhibits cancer cell growth
  • Improves diabetes symptoms
  • Lowers cholesterol and arthritis

You can use ginger in many ways

  • Slice it raw and add to your meals
  • Brew some ginger tea with it
  • Use powdered ginger on your food and salads
  • Use ginger essential oils

#2 Turmeric

The second ingredient is Turmeric.

Curcumin or turmeric is the most common spice in curry and other Indian foods.

It’s one of the most potent anti-disease herbs in the world with great medicinal and anti-inflammatory benefits.

In addition to the same benefits as ginger, turmeric can also

  • Improve skin conditions
  • Fix irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Reduce your weight

When ginger might have a bit bitter and intense taste, then turmeric is deliciously spicy and savory. You can add it to all main courses and it can be used to create your own healthy sauces as well.

Bonus Tip: To increase the amount of curcumin your body absorbs, you have to consume it with black pepper.

Black pepper contains a compound called piperine that slows down the liver from metabolizing the curcumin too quickly and excreting it through urine.

Piperine has also been shown to improve the bioavailability of other nutrients in both food and supplements, like selenium, B-vitamins, and beta-carotene.

#3 Cinnamon

The third ingredient that brings together this Trifecta of anti-inflammation is cinnamon.

It combines both the sweet and spicy taste creating an amazing and unique flavor. But the health benefits of cinnamon are also quite profound.

Cinnamon actually ranks as one of the most protective antioxidants in the world [i].

  • Cinnamon has a ton of polyphenols and flavonoids that fight oxidative stress and reduce symptoms of many diseases
  • Cinnamon is particularly great at regulating blood sugar and improving insulin sensitivity
  • It protects against cognitive decline and protects the brain
  • Fights infections and viruses
  • Its anti-bacterial properties allow it to be used as a natural food preservative

Because of its distinct taste, cinnamon can be used for both main courses as well as desserts. Even coffee or bone broth.

I usually consume 1 tsp of cinnamon before all my meals to maintain lower blood sugar levels. Adding it to your bacon or salad or even eggswill create a much better blood sugar response that’s going to help you burn more fat and maintain high levels of energy.

The Ginger, Turmeric and Cinnamon Trifecta

Now, you can use these 3 ingredients to reduce inflammation if you consume them daily.

However, I’m going to share with you a recipe that’ll immediately alleviate constipation, boost fat burning and gives you energy. NO CAFFEINE JUST SPICE!

  • 1 glass of hot water
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 half of lemon squeezed in the water
  • 1 tsp of ginger, turmeric and cinnamon each
  • 1 tsp cayenne and black pepper (optional)
  • ½ tsp of baking soda to promote the alkalinity and pH balance of your gut

Drink this to reduce inflammation, relieve bloating or to simply clean your intestines.

However, there’s the thing that to gain all the benefits of ginger and turmeric, you should consume them together with some fat because they are fat-soluble compounds.

To fix that, you can add 1 tsp of MCT oil to this drink OR you can just dash these spices on your eggs and salads. Both work as long as you consume some of them daily with some source of healthy fats.

If you want to learn about more ways of optimizing your health, performance and well-being, then check out the BODY MIND EMPOWERMENT HANDBOOK FREE E-BOOK. It has information on exercise, nutrition, sleep, meditation and much more.

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Reference

[i] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16190627

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Tea Party

11/14/2017 11:10 am ET

With the holidays just around the corner, what better way to celebrate with friends and family than with a Thanksgiving Tea Party? Today I’m sharing a great menu along with recipes and tips for planning a wonderful afternoon tea.

THE TABLE

Decorating your table can be as simple as adding a few pumpkins in assorted sizes along with some greens. I’m using white pumpkins and Eucalyptus leaves as my centerpiece. I added a warm, dark brown tablecloth that blends beautifully with my china to make a welcoming tablescape for my guests.

Looking for some fun napkin folds? Check these out.

THE TEA

Selecting and steeping your tea can be a little tricky, but these guides will help you get it right:

 

Tea Steeping Guide (includes a free, printable tea steeping guide you can give to your guests)

THE MENU

Carrot and Parsnip Soup from Tea Time Magazine

Cinnamon Scone from Tea Time Magazine

GUEST GIFTS

If you’d like to offer your guests a little gift to remember their Thanksgiving tea party, try one of these:

I hope your Thanksgiving tea party is a huge success!

Be sure to stop by Tea Cottage Mysteries to learn more about tea and find great recipes for afternoon tea!

*This post was originally published on www.teacottagemysteries.com

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