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tea and me

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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 thoughts on “tea and me

  1. dianeschuller.com

    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. Beverly

    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!

  3. amomentseen

    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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