For me, having a cup tea is very soothing. Slowly sipping this hot beverage is a calming experience. It helps me put a fast pace world on hold, even if it lasts for only a brief moment.
I have not always been such an adamant tea drinker. Over three years ago, I had the pleasure of participating in the relaxing afternoon tradition of "High Tea" hosted by the Fairmont Empress Hotel in beautiful Victoria, Canada.
Since 1908, the Fairmont has upheld the high standards of the enjoyable ritual of "Afternoon Tea", and specializes in showcasing it in the traditional Victorian and Edwardian manner.
During our tea party, my friends and I were lavished with incredible finger foods: tiny sandwiches, fruit scones, biscuits, delectable jams, mouth-watering tea cakes, and elegant pastries. Of course we washed all these edibles down with the hotel's signature tea blend. Since this experience, I have been captivated by the practice of drinking tea.
So, dear friends, whatever the day has brought of care while seeking for a fuller life, share in such pleasures as these, and simply pour yourself a cup of tea.....