Thursday, June 13, 2013

Quiet Time

I'm married to an introvert.  Over the years I've come to acknowledge, then accept, then appreciate and now admire his need for quiet time. In fact, even though I'm an extrovert I need and crave quiet time, too.  (Watch this Ted Talk by Susan Cain, author of Quiet, to learn more.) 

One of the things I love about the Wu-Wo tea ceremony is its mix of social time and quiet time.  There is designated time and space for both.  What a great blend!

When I was touring Taiwan, I had several opportunities to drink tea in silence (Wu-Wo and other times).   I found it peaceful, centering and sometimes challenging.   When I came home, I served tea to the DH and we sat with it in silence. 

Drinking tea in the quiet is a great way to reconnect with ourselves.   


6 comments:

relevanttealeaf said...

It's so important to find "quiet time" is in today's fast-paced living. Tea just naturally seems to encourage quietness and reflection.

Steph said...

Another friend commented on FB about the fabric. It came from a friend in Hawaii! Cranes are a symbol of love, harmony and loyalty. They're used often in weddings. I thought it was fitting for my special tea with the DH.

Miss Tea Delight said...

Quiet tea times when one focuses on studying different aspects of tea can be an energizing ritual! This is especially true for innies ;-)

Marilyn said...

I noticed the fabric right away and thought it was beautiful. Yes, this is something I enjoy about Wu-Wo and tea times alone. In the early mornings when no one, but me, are up, I thoroughly enjoy sipping in the quiet.

Angela McRae said...

I had no idea you were an extrovert, Steph, because I'm definitely an introvert! In fact, one thing I *love* about my new freelance career at home is all the quiet time I have to hear myself think without the constant interruptions of life in an office. (Yes, my husband does remind me to go back out into society sometimes!) But I totally relate to your DH. Glad you recognize his need for quiet!

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