tea and me

good morning..

“Tea is an act complete in its simplicity.
When I drink tea, there is only me and the tea.
The rest of the world dissolves.
There are no worries about the future.
No dwelling on past mistakes.
Tea is simple: loose-leaf tea, hot pure water, a cup.
I inhale the scent, tiny delicate pieces of the tea floating above the cup.
I drink the tea, the essence of the leaves becoming a part of me.
I am informed by the tea, changed.
This is the act of life, in one pure moment, and in this act the truth of the world suddenly becomes revealed: all the complexity, pain, drama of life is a pretense, invented in our minds for no good purpose.
There is only the tea, and me, converging.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh

*a thank you to my friend, Shawna Lemay, for introducing me to such wonderful poetry.

27 Comments on “tea and me

  1. i too love his words. and your photo is perfect! the light and that drift of steam … makes a person like me who doesn’t care for tea actually wish to have some!

  2. Your photo, with the colors of the Fall, goes hand in hand with the beautiful and powerful poetry. Thanks, Susan! 🙂

  3. Such a lovely cup of tea. My favourite beverage. Love the quote.. I have so many of his books. Such a gentle spirit.

  4. Love the picture here and the lines to go with it…you remind me of the simplicity of tea and the moments you have when you drink it…thanks for sharing dear

  5. My Nana used to say there was nothing which couldn’t be made better by a nice cup of tea. I completely agree. 😀

  6. Very beautiful, Susan. The image and poem support each other wonderfully. Simplicity and quiet enjoyment.

  7. The wisp floating off the top makes it all the more inviting on what looks like a beautiful fall day 🙂

  8. That is the world’s best tea photo 🙂 Glad yo liked the words, too!

  9. The warm light and color of the tea are so comforting! I love your shots with a special light, and I must try adding a cinnamon stick to mine. Enjoy your weekend Susan!

  10. What beautiful words by Thich Nhat Hahn and your lovely image with the steam moving up from your mug against the beautiful background.

  11. A beautiful photo of my favourite drink. I don’t think one could find a better mix of background colours to compliment the hue of the tea. It’s made all the more meaningful by the words of Thich Nhat Hanh. I’m a great admirer of his, particularly his walking meditations.

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