How can we love tea so much? Tea originated from China over 5,000 years ago when Shen Nongshi found tea accidentally after trying hundreds of wild plants. Most of us already know tea is healthy for the body. Gradually, we learn that tea is also healthy for the soul.
In response to the July 2005 London subway bombings, blogger jslayeruk posted the following on Metaquotes Livejournal:
When the news reporter said, “Shopkeepers are opening their doors, bringing out blankets and cups of tea.” I just smiled. It’s like yes. That’s Britain for you. Tea solves everything. You’re a bit cold? Tea. Your boyfriend has just left you? Tea. You’ve just been told you’ve got cancer? Tea. Coordinated terrorist attack on the transport network bringing the city to a grinding halt? Tea dammit! And if it’s really serious, they may bring out the coffee. The Americans have their alert raised to red, we break out the coffee. That’s for situations more serious than this of course. Like another England penalty shoot-out.
That’s tea – it’s a religion and a way of life. It helps you get through your struggles and live better – with a peaceful soul and happiness. Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comfort of solitude and the pleasure of company. Tea connects you with people and nature. Do you remember the fun of sitting and talking with friends? We need family and friends; we need to share and talk; that means a lot to our lives. In the city (especially in the big city), do you remember how you miss the beautiful night stars? And what about the organic happiness of playing with animals? Tea lets you hear nature breathe and moves you to love nature more.
Stop and free yourself for a while. Make a cup of Ti Kuan Yin Gongfu tea. Let everything outside the window go. That’s the mission of Middle Way International Ltd. Focus on your mind, listen to your heart, find yourself, and let go. Happiness is simple.