Tea is more than just a beverage. It is an experience. Sitting down to drink
a cup of tea grants us permission to slow down. Slowing down is a powerful
statement in our lives today. Did you know that just slowing down can reduce
stress, improve physical health, heighten awareness, promote peace of mind
and improve one’s ability to stay focused?
Its inherent qualities keep us alert in mind and yet relaxed in body.
Holding a cup of tea we feel its warmth in our hands; we inhale its fragrance, appreciate the color, and taste it as we sip slowly.
Tea embodies solitude and time for quieting the mind; a time for slowness, introspection, and contemplation; a time to look within and get to know oneself and one’s world; a time for remembering all of the Zen monks, Taoist sages, and tea masters who have guided our way to “being” rather than “doing.” Tea encapsulates hospitality, sociability, and the opening of our hearts and homes to share a cup of tea with a friend or an unexpected guest.
Tea relaxes us and loosens our tongue, allowing our natural generosity and good nature to come forth. Finally, tea symbolizes sensitivity, inviting us to become aware of all our senses. It draws us in to notice its aroma, the sounds and touch of water, and the magnificent color of its liquor. As we learn to awaken our senses and to understand the spirit of tea at its essence, we can fully experience the wholeness and interconnectedness of all life.
From Tea Here Now
by Donna Fellman and Lhasha Tizer