FROM THE SOURCE TO THE CUP

Tea Alchemy: Imagine .. Create .. Infuse

Posted on January 31 2017

To delve into the mysteries of the mind, find an opening. For explorations of Flavors .. let the palate touch, feel, imagine, dream, go into a trance, slowly arise, realize, let your eyes smile and then reach out for more .. 

Many moons ago I asked a dear friend, an accomplished Chef, who lives many nautical miles away, where kangaroo and kookaburra are a part of his life as the koel and the tea estate are to mine ... I slipped in a question not knowing then, that his imagination would be catalyst of a new infusion unfolding into a reality. I asked him if he sipped anything other than beer only to be surprised that he enjoyed Tea too. I slowed the pace and with baited breath asked 'is it a Tea bag that you dunk.' And he said 'no, it's the most beautiful flower infusions that I buy from this small shop in the neighbourhood to serve in my restaurant.' With a smile that smoothened that one line of worry which comes in with the word 'tea bag', I asked, ' so if you wanted to sip that one cup of Tea, right now, what would it be, irrespective whether it exists in this world or not.'

In silence I could imagine the keyboard going clickety click and it was a matter of few seconds, that the answer appeared that said, "I would love to sip an infusion that looks like saffron, smells like rose and tastes like vanilla." I imagined, and I crafted and I shot, and I sipped and I shared and I loved! The answer made me realize once again that one good fact of life .. you got to unleash the chains that bind you, so that your palate can dance to the rhythm divine. Its a circle. To explore, the mind has to be free, and only once your mind is free will you want to explore and for your mind to be free you have to sit in silence more than often and tap into the Core.

Give yourself a chance to sip, to savour, to experience. Until you do, you will never know.

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