As many of you know, I’m a long-time fan of Oprah Winfrey. Her television shows have introduced the world to countless important life lessons over the years. I have made a habit of taping her Super Soul Sunday and Master Class features. Although the shows often cover issues I’m already familiar with, having been a psychologist for 30 years, I still enjoy listening to the no-nonsense way she and her guests get critical points across. She has elevated the level of spirituality around the world several notches higher. Although I don’t share her Christian faith, I’m right there with her regarding spirituality and the soul.
In 2006, when I started T Ching and designed a business card with the T Ching logo, I decided to put a quote on the front of the card. The quote I selected was from Thich Nhat Hanh and read:
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”
I was especially delighted to discover Oprah’s recent interview with Thich Nhat Hanh. This author, peace activist, and Buddhist monk was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Known as Tai (which means teacher) to his students and friends, Thich Nhat Hanh believes that every moment can be a source of meditation.
If you missed this interview, check it out on YouTube. During the interview, Oprah and Thich Nhat Hanh drank tea together, while Thich Nhat Hanh shared his ritual of taking an hour to meditate while savoring his daily tea.
“The practice of tea meditation – when you pick up your tea – you might like to breathe in, in order to bring your mind back to your body and become fully present in the here and the now. I don’t think of the past anymore. I don’t think of the future anymore. I’m free from the past, from the future and there is a real encounter between me and the tea and peace, happiness and joy is possible during the time I drink my tea.”
Oprah’s response was that she had never thought much about a cup of tea.
“It takes one hour to just enjoy a cup of tea and every moment is a moment of happiness.”
Now that’s a cup of tea!