Living a Tea Lifestyle is a Personal Journey

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Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to live a tea lifestyle.

At first, I thought it was simply about making tea my beverage of choice.

Then, I naturally gravitated to the idea that living a tea lifestyle is also about taking the time to sit down, relax and have a cup of tea.

To fully enjoy that cup of tea, I discovered that it was essential to be in the moment, to relish each sensation that the tea was willing to provide.

The next logical conclusion seemed to be that in order to make time for tea I had to have some amount of balance in my life.

Despite, the reasonableness of it all, I felt as if something was missing. I sensed that there was more to uncover. Yet, I just couldn’t put my finger on it.

At that point it dawned on me, living a tea lifestyle is a personal journey; a unique experience that comes from who you are and what you want from life.

After coming to the above realization, I decided to sit down and outline what living a tea lifestyle means to me personally.

Here is what I came up with:

  1. Being real and expressing who I am in my daily actions.
  2. Making connections with nature, people and spirit.
  3. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.
  4. Doing what is right, even if it isn’t easy.
  5. Taking care of my body so, I can fully enjoy life and do those things that bring me joy.
  6. Being mindful of all that I have to be grateful for, from a warm cup of tea in my hands to a roof over my head.
  7. Taking time each day to reflect on what is important to me.

I plan to use the above beliefs as a map to help guide me towards the next step on my journey. Perhaps one day I can fully live the tea lifestyle.

This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

What does living a tea lifestyle look like to you?

7 comments on “Living a Tea Lifestyle is a Personal Journey

  1. George March 27, 2014 3:06 AM

    hey love, i drink tea at my desk at work, and i don’t turn into a hippie.

    not sure what tea you’re drinking…

  2. Nina February 6, 2011 12:21 AM

    This is so accurate for most tea drinkers, I think. Especially looseleaf steepers, people who participate in the ritual. It’s the patience it takes to watch the leaves unfurl while steeping, the first sip when you take in the first several flavors… it’s just a simple and appreciative life, I think.

    • a girl with tea February 7, 2011 2:00 AM

      Thanks for your insight Nina! I am still trying to find patience when it comes to waiting for the water to boil and the leaves to steep; being in the moment is something that takes practice these days. When I was young I could watch rolly-polly bugs for hours on end, absolutely fascinated with each movement. Somehow that wonder for nature was lost over the years, now I am trying to get it back.

  3. Jeanine Byers Hoag November 11, 2010 4:22 PM

    Awesome post, Amy!

    I had the same experience as I began to ponder what it would mean to create a tea lifestyle. And starting the journey of creating one led to all sorts of other interesting changes, like going to bed earlier, like trying to meditate at least once a day for at least a few minutes.

    It has been wonderful and I look forward to seeing the other changes a contemplative tea lifestyle inspires.

    Jeanine

    • a girl with tea November 12, 2010 7:58 PM

      Thanks Jeanine! It is amazing what can happen when we put our focus on something we’re passionate about!

  4. Francesca November 10, 2010 8:04 AM

    Hi Amy,
    this is a beautiful post…
    it moves to a reflection about what it means to drink tea.
    thanks,
    Francesca

    • a girl with tea November 11, 2010 3:51 PM

      Thanks Francesca! It’s great to hear that this post resonated with you!

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