I'm a total tea geek. I love the stuff. I can't get enough: hot, cold, green, black, oolong, white and everything in between! This comes to me naturally, being the granddaughter of Irish immigrants, I grew up drinking loads of the stuff! One summer afternoon as I was sitting on the porch drinking iced tea a question occurred to me: why do most places in the world drink their tea hot and people in America drink most of their tea iced and (in the south anyway) sweet? That question propelled my research on the history of iced tea. I became a North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar six years ago and have been giving a talk on the subject ever since.
It's true. I'm a little tea obsessed.
There are those of us who thrive in the fast-paced “coffee culture” and there are those of us looking to slow down, appreciate the sensory world, and build a centered and grounded life. I see tea culture as more the latter. The art and ritual of drinking tea is an essential part of my self care routine.
Tea (Camellia Sinensis) is unique in that it contains both a stimulant (caffeine) and a relaxant (theanine). Tea soothes, uplifts, settles down, and connects us to ourselves, each other, and the earth. The uniqueness of its chemical structure and the ritualized aspects of tea drinking assist us in directing our attention consciously. It cultivates a state of mind that is both alert and relaxed. This makes tea and meditation perfect companions!
A little obsession of mine
One of Coyle’s favorite stories is about a popular establishment just to the southern side of the “tea line” dividing the North and the South — the unsweetened from the sweetened...
The more I read about Erin Coyle, the more I felt like she would be a very good fit ... Erin draws upon her Irish background and her roots, her travels across the state of North Carolina, and her knowledge of body, mind, and spirit, to tell stories to her audience...