Tea Meditation

“You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea.
Only in the awareness of the present, can your hands feel the pleasant warmth of the cup.
Only in the present, can you savor the aroma, taste the sweetness, appreciate the delicacy.
If you are ruminating about the past, or worrying about the
future, you will completely miss the experience of enjoying the cup of
tea.
You will look down at the cup, and the tea will be gone.
Life is like that.
If you are not fully present, you will look around and it will be gone.
You will have missed the feel, the aroma, the delicacy and beauty of life.
It will seem to be speeding past you. The past is finished.
Learn from it and let it go.
The future is not even here yet. Plan for it, but do not waste your time worrying about it.
Worrying is worthless.
When you stop ruminating about what has already happened, when
you stop worrying about what might never happen, then you will be in the
present moment.
Then you will begin to experience joy in life.”

Written by one of my favorite spiritual leaders, teachers, and authors, Thich Nhat Hanh.

I was recently searching for the perfect teacup and found it unexpectedly from a colleague of mine who made it at St. John’s University (photo above).

Now I savor every mindful sip.

 

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3 comments

  1. Everyday Journeys · 14 Days Ago

    Reblogged this on The Vegan Trough.

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  2. Melissa · 13 Days Ago

    This is a beautifully written version of something I have had in my head, but have been unable to express so well. Thank you for sharing – I will pass this on myself.

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    • Everyday Journeys · 13 Days Ago

      His writing his beautiful and simple and speaks to the soul. I started having mindful cups of tea at work when I couldn’t leave my desk and it truly brought me to the present. Thank you!

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