Taking more time for tea sessions is really rewarding because the leaves have a lot to tell you. If you are open to the idea, there definitely is wisdom in tealeaves and they can teach you a lot. Wisdom is a broad term and doesn’t help anyone, which is why I’ll narrow it down a bit. In this article, I will focus on two aspects: sharing and being flexible to make every situation work.
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Wisdom in Tea
Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world and has been around for a very long time. There has to be a reason it is so widely consumed. In addition to its medicinal properties and its flavours, there is definitely wisdom in tea. Otherwise, it wouldn’t have survived like it did for thousands of years. It has an important function for regular tea drinkers, but also for the people that value it higher than just a drink.
We are able to experience and gain knowledge from the tealeaves because they want to share it. Once water comes in contact with the leaves, they open up and start sharing what they have to offer. It’s through this beautiful process that we are able to get a glimpse of what the leaves are capable of. Every infusion, we get to see a tiny bit more.
Another simple, but powerful aspect of tea is that it’s flexible. Tea can take any form and is able to fill every kind of shape. You could say that every liquid has this property, but I feel there is an extra dimension when brewing tea. It doesn’t matter which cup you take, if you pour tea in it, it will be filled. I think this is a beautiful analogy to try and keep in mind when dealing with unpleasant situations in every day life.
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We Should Be More Like Tea
During one of my recent tea sessions, it suddenly hit me that we should be more like tea. Share what we know with anyone who wants to acquire knowledge, just like tea wants to share what it knows with water. It’s really simple, but sharing knowledge is almost as important as sharing materials things.
We should also be flexible to be able to deal with unpleasant situations. If we encounter something we cannot change, it’s pointless trying to change it. Instead, it’s better to be like tea and adapt to every situation to make the best of it. This will be more rewarding in the end. The shape of life’s cup doesn’t matter, if we are more like tea, we should be able to adapt ourselves to most situations.
These elements seem trivial and self-evident, but I had never thought about them in relation to tea. Tea can be good if you drink it on a daily basis, but it can also be amazing if you incorporate it in your daily life. You don’t have to do anything special, just do everything in a way that is in line with the tea spirit. Share knowledge (in a broad sense) with anyone who wants to learn, and be flexible enough to make the best of every situation.