My first ritual of the morning is...
"sitting with tea. I fill my kettle with fresh water, whispering words of love and gratitude into it. I then open a tin from Global Tea Hut ("Spirit" a shou puerh tea) and inhale the scent of the leaves.
I sit on a meditation cushion and sheepskin from WMN Space and create a chaxi (tea stage) with a slab of petrified wood, a stone, and a flower.
I steep the tea leaves in a handmade pot from Peter Kuo and serve myself several bowls in silence.
This morning practice centers me for the day and leaves me feeling calm, awake and connected."