Books & Tea | Guest Post by Nicholas Lozito
I’m thrilled to introduce the second guest post for my “Books & Tea” series, Nicholas Lozito of Misty Peak Teas. My first impression of Nicholas, and this was via email, mind you, was one of intrigue. Similar to Nicole Martin, I knew right away that I was dealing with a genuine tea lover. Therefore, It came as no surprise to learn the people behind a company whose mission is to “provide you the World’s oldest tea in its purest form, sourced from 200 year old trees” are passionate about their product.
In addition to learning what it is people find so enthralling about a cup of tea and a good book, I’m fascinated by the history and mystique of the ancient beverage. You’ll get a good taste of this in Nicholas’ submission, which I hope you enjoy as much as I do.
Nicholas Lozito of Misty Peak Teas | Books and Tea
My Grandmother always says, “If you can read, you can cook” whenever she is asked how she learned how to cook so well. This is absolutely true, and it is fair to say that if you can read, you can learn to do anything.
In finding tea, one finds so much more than a mere beverage. Tea is the topic of hundreds of books in English and thousands in Mandarin and other languages. We can learn so much about tea by flipping through pages, taking notes and highlighting lines of interesting facts. We can also learn how to prepare for a marathon by reading training manuals and accounts of others who have done it; this is a great way to pass time and maybe “know” tea, but one must tie their shoelaces and hit the ground in order to be prepared for a marathon.
To have tea is to have time, and without one, the other is void of something. Running a few miles around your neighborhood is good for exercise, but marathoners seek something more than just exercise; exercise is almost a by-product of marathons and stillness and peace are accidental by-products of drinking tea.
The magic of tea, the benefits and inspiration and wisdom that comes from a quiet cup of tea, is apparent in millions of books that have nothing to do with tea. Being the second-most consumed beverage, it is fair to say a huge majority of our most beloved authors were drinking tea while writing their masterpieces and, let’s not stretch too far, but isn’t it fair to say that their work would’ve been different had they not been drinking tea?
Tea is not merely something to study; it is a tool in itself.
One fantastic book suggestion, and it is not just for runners, is “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall. It is a book about life, not just about running. It is about how movement is so key to our existence and how we survived and evolved as runners. It discusses how the number of nationwide marathon applicants/runners AFTER September 11th skyrocketed. Why? Did people see terrorism and want to start running 26 miles? No, it is because of what running does for us…the healing qualities, the fact that it feels so good, the clarity or the “way of tea” as tea-drinkers refer to it.
Another fantastic book is “We Learn Nothing” by Tim Kreider. This is one of those books that discusses all angles of life; everything from how busyness is a trap, to watching a loved one pass away. It is written by a comic writer and is humorous and heartbreaking.
In the book, it tells how astrologists study stars that have died millions of years ago and how, if they want to their eyes to focus on a star, they must look just to the side of it, rather than right at it; isn’t this the same for life?
As we sit over a pot of tea and a rumbling kettle of water to add to our leaves, we are not always looking right at our life, we are looking just to the right of it. Those deep moments that come from tea are why the beverage is the elixir of monks and curious men and women. Sitting with that tea allows us to see the star as it is still alive, and to see our moment as it is happening…as we sit with it.
This is the way of tea.
As we live our lives and write our books, there will be pages that have cup stains from wet tea scattered throughout the book. Those pages, my dear friends, will be the ones that shall be highlighted.
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