Monday, October 15, 2012

"...awake in the present to enjoy the tea..."

Chinese Garden on an autumn day

You must be completely awake in the present to enjoy the tea.

Only in the awareness of the present,
can your hands feel the pleasant warmth of the cup.

Only in the present, can you savor the aroma,
taste the sweetness,
appreciate the delicacy.

If you are ruminating about the past,
or worrying about the future,
you will completely miss the experience of enjoying the cup of tea.

You will look down at the cup,
and the tea will be gone.

Life is like that.

If you are not fully present,
you will look around and it will be gone.

You will have missed the feel,
the aroma,
the delicacy and beauty of life.

It will seem to be speeding past you.

The past is finished. Learn from it and let it go.

The future is not even here yet.
Plan for it,
but do not waste your time worrying about it.

Worrying is worthless.

When you stop ruminating about what has already happened,
when you stop worrying about what might never happen,
then you will be in the present moment.

Then you will begin to experience joy in life.

~Thich Nhat Hanh


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Steph said...

I love this, too.

Teafan said...

Oh my, what an important message. And I love the bokeh in the image, too.

Rich said...

I love his writings, what a nice one to share.

Rosemary said...

Beautiful words, rich with wisdom.

Marilyn said...

This is a perfect reminder and one I sometimes forget.

Angela McRae said...

Lovely--the words and the photo both!

parTea lady said...

Wonderful, thought provoking words. Thanks.

massagematters said...

Beautiful reading! Thanks for sharing.