Saturday Morning Tea

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And precious the tear as that rain from the sky,

Which turns into pearls as it falls in the sea.

-Thomas Moore

I have been thinking about pearls lately and the wonder surrounding their creation. I invite you to join me in my thoughts for a moment. What starts out to be an intrusion, an irritation, is transformed into something beautiful. In meditating on the life of a pearl, we can use it as a metaphor in our own lives. In our day to day life, challenges arise and in the process of dealing with those challenges, we are transformed as well. In honor of my “pearl” musings, this morning I have chosen a pearl jasmine tea, Dragon Phoenix Pearl, for my cup of tea.

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Steeped in 180 degree F water for 3 minutes, I watched in fascination as the little spheres unfurled themselves, reminding me of hermit crabs reaching their legs out of their shells. Gorgeous full green leaves are revealed as I remove the pearls from the water.

The journey of the tea pearls. After green tea processing, the leaves are laid out with blooming jasmine flowers so they will absorb their intoxicating scent. This process is repeated and then the leaves are steamed and hand rolled into little pearls. I deeply feel that the pale straw colored liquor in my cup has been steeped from little works of art in themselves.

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The tea is so pale that you can see the wonderful texture inside of my tea bowl. This is one of the bowls I purchased at the Kaji Aso studio. The aroma is delicately floral and not overly perfumey. The taste is sweet jasmine, smooth and subtle.

I have not yet laid down a single bead for my January journal page but there is a lot of inner gestating going on. Being guided by my meditations on pearls, unfurling spiral shapes and turning 50 the other day, it will be called “The Journey to Myself”.

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8 comments on “Saturday Morning Tea

  1. Frivolitea says:

    Lovely photographs and reflections. Funny how the ways of nature reflect truths for our lives.

  2. artandtea says:

    Thanks! Nature is a wonderful guide, isn’t she?

  3. Amy says:

    I love your musings on Tea. I made an art video about tea (inspired by the downy pearls tea) where I photographed the tea leaves at the bottom of a cup of tea for a month and then strung the images together into a video… here’s the link if you are interested!
    Cheers.
    Amy

  4. Sue O'Kieffe says:

    whatever goes around comes around. please stop by!
    ~sue okieffe

  5. artandtea says:

    Hi Amy,
    I checked out the link you sent. How cool! Thanks for visiting, I love your sketches!
    -Karen

  6. Steph W says:

    Jasmine Pearls are at the top of my all-time favorite teas list — and your photos capture them so well! I can see that I’ll have some this afternoon!

  7. artandtea says:

    Mmmmmmm, sounds good!

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