On Making Tea

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This is a short selection from Mark Nepo's New York Times Bestseller, The Book of Awakening. I happened to be flipping through the daily reflections and came across this one that jumped off the page and I felt compelled to share it all with you because of its simple truth.

Making Tea

"Given sincerity, there will be enlightenment."

- The Doctrine of the Mean, 200 B.C.E.


If we stop to truly consider it, making tea is a miraculous process. 

First, small leaves are gathered from plants that grow from unseen

roots. Then boiling water is drained through the dried leaves. Finally, 

allowing the mixture to steep creates an elixir that, when digested, can

be healing. 


The whole process is model for how to make inner use of our daily

experience. For isn't making tea the way we cipher through the events

of our lives? Isn't the work of sincerity to pour our deepest attention over 

the dried bits of or days? Isn't patience the need to let the mixture of inner

and outer brew until the lessons are fragrant and soothing on the throat?

Isn't it the heat of our sincerity that stems the lessons out of living? Isn't it 

the heat of those lessons that makes us sip them slowly?

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