Tea drinking often encourages personal reflection and meditation on the meaning of life, or simply allows you to take a few moments for yourself to gather your thoughts. I couldn’t agree more. However, I also find that tea can serve another purpose: that of inspiration.
Tea is often something I turn to when I encounter a creative block, and I am not alone in this experience. In fact, I have come across several discussion threads on tea forums and blogs where others express similar sentiments. Some people even have specific teas that they feel inspire them the most. Teas with caffeine such as black teas, mate and matcha feature heavily (which makes sense, really). Dragonwell, a Chinese green tea, is traditionally said to heighten mental alertness, so I could see this being a sensible pick for someone looking for stimulation and inspiration. Tea vendors have also picked up on the potential of tea for inspiring creativity, and I have come across several teas with names such as “Muse” or “Inspiration.”
Personally, I do not find that the specific tea matters. The inspirational power that I find in tea comes more from the fact that it gives me a purpose. It distracts me from feeling stumped and stymied. Rather than feeling pressured to generate material, I take a break and sit down to leisurely enjoy a pot of tea. Putting the kettle on, measuring out the tea, and fiddling around with teawares provides me with something to do, and more often than not ideas pop into my head at times like these when I am not actively trying to come up with them. Either that, or there are magical particles of creativity locked up in tea leaves…
Witticisms aside, I think that this haiku by Eric Ember, featured in a haiku contest on the blog The Intuitive Edge, sums it up beautifully:
cupped in both hands tea.
steam rises, aroma wafts,
like ideas from the ether,
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