Tuesday, 9 February 2010
1970's Tong Qing Hao Sheng Pu Erh (Essence of Tea)
I don't get to drink much really old pu erh as it's rather expensive and hard to obtain from trustworthy sources. This is my first excursion into the age of beige and wafty trouser legs, the seventies!
Call me uncouth but I have a harder time sifting through the peat and dark woodiness of aged pu erh for it's finer attributes, I'm putting down to a real lack of experience. So there is no surprise that I jot down the usual superlatives such as peat with sweetness on initial contact with this tea. It's been a hustle bustle sort of a day and suddenly I am pacified. I rarely mention cha qi but there is no mistaking the effect upon myself whilst drinking this tea. I have been rendered quiet and start to enjoy the moment.
With my senses rather more inward I feel a warmth on my ren meridian, a pathway that ascends straight up the forward center line of the body. If I were to choose an acupuncture point it would be radiating from yu tang 玉堂, which is known in English as Jade Hall. Energetically this point helps descend qi in the upper chest cavity and one can easily associate the dynamics of this point with the movement of my mood, for qi is movement at its purest.
What an unexpected surprise this afternoon's session has been. With all the to'ing and fro'ing of my life I have just found a space to reflect. Thank you Nada for a most interesting experience!