Tea Box Musings

I came across this surprisingly eloquent quote from the side of a Trader Joe’s Peppermint Tea box:

This first cup moistens my lips and throat.

The second shatters my loneliness.

The third causes the wrongs of life to fade gently from my recollection.

The fourth purifies my soul.

The fifth lifts me to the realms of the unwinking gods.

~Chinese mystic, Tang Dynasty

As I both nod and hum in agreement, I am left asking:

  • What is a Chinese ‘mystic’? (Do they also conjure those wise proverbs?)
  • Who are these ‘unwinking gods’? Are they benevolent or cruel?

Here’s a cuppa to quenched thirst and purified souls.


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