Drinking tea as meditation

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When I was in high school we used to go downtown to a place called The Coffee Plantation which sadly no longer exists.  Once I was approached by a German student who was visiting from abroad.  It was around Christmastime and he didn’t have anyone nearby that he knew.  Somehow, I ended up bringing him to my house.  Dangerous, I know, but it all worked out fine.

While he was at my house, he drank a cup of coffee.  I will never forget him sitting on my mother’s couch, drinking that cup of coffee and talking about the wonderful sensation of sitting quietly and drinking coffee while it was in that sweet spot of not-too-hot and not-too-cold and the happiness that can come enjoying that coffee and doing nothing else.

He left and I never saw him again but that conversation stuck with me.  It was my first lesson in mindfulness.

I was reminded of this memory this morning while having a cup of tea and relishing the pleasure of drinking it at the exact perfect temperature.  It’s a small, wonderful moment in time.

One of my goals has long been to implement a regular meditation practice.  I think I might have just found it, this article gives me permission. 🙂

Does anyone else do this?  Or do you have another simple way to practice meditation?

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