20th June - TEA CEREMONY
WITH LERA FROM T-LOVERS
20th June 2017
from 8pm to 10pm
What the Tea Meditation is about?
These days it can be very hard to fit in the time to meditate. But it can be easier to find time to have tea. Also, sometimes, when something is not working or you are very tired after the whole day at work, when you try to sit for meditation, your mind is often overwhelmed by numerous thoughts – it is difficult to just sit and meditate and let go.
Tea centres and calms us down, and it is such a beautiful and peaceful way to bring meditation back into our daily lives. Many spiritual teachers, such as Osho, Thich Nhat Hanh, Buddha – all talked about tea and how drinking it slowly and with awareness can lead you to enlightenment, or at the very least – to seeing who you really are and experiencing harmony in your life.
HOW IS IT PERFORMED?
Tea meditation is a Mindfulness meditation. It is performed in noble silence with me gently and quietly guiding through it. There will be an opportunity to talk before and after meditation, and small snacks will be provided afterwards.
During tea meditation we shall focus our attention on tea, examine its colour, aroma. Tune into tea. Watch carefully how water merges with fire. Feel teaware with all our being. Feel that our body is also a precious vessel. Perform each movement with complete awareness and presence, always remembering the importance of every object, every action.
Simply drinking tea, brewing it, listening to the sound of wind outside and the sound of boiling water – this is the way to inner harmony and balance of mind, an opportunity to be in a present moment without ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. Tea provides this opportunity to everyone.