It?s the summer solstice, or the first official day of summer. It is the longest day of the year, and is celebrated by many, along with the winter solstice and the equinoxes, as a time for reflection.
The summer solstice, in particular, is about everything you would associate with summer. It?s about celebrating the abundance that?s absolutely everywhere right now, from the birds waking you up in the morning, to the weeds pushing up through the sidewalk, to the children home from school. It?s a time for a general sense of gratefulness for all that you have, be it a summer vacation, or simply that the flowers are blooming. And it is time to look back over the last three months, and the last year, and see where your life has been going, and how you feel about it. A popular tradition for these holidays is to write yourself a letter to open on the next solstice.
If you don?t have a letter from last solstice, or have never noted them as holidays, there?s still nothing stopping you from having a quiet moment along with a cup of tea. Many people celebrate this holiday by waking up to watch the sunrise, though I must warn you, it will be the earliest sunrise of the year.
What tea should you drink in this particular moment of reflection? A more traditional green tea like Dragonwell or Gyokuro would capture the sense of reflectiveness. And a lighter, white tea, like Silver Needles or White Blueberry captures the sense of new beginnings.
Do, enjoy a quiet cup of tea today. It?s an excellent moment of peace and reflection, as is any cup of tea, at any time.
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