Thich Nhat Hanh - The Miracle of Mindfulness - How to drink tea
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The Miracle of Mindfulness – Thich Nhat Hanh
How to drink tea
At lunchtime, prepare a meal for yourself.
Cook the meal and wash the dishes in mindfulness. In the morning, after you have cleaned and straightened up your house, and in the afternoon, after you have worked in the garden or watched clouds or gathered flowers, prepare a pot of tea to sit and drink in mindfulness.
Allow yourself a good length of time to do this. Don’t drink your tea like someone who gulps down a cup of coffee during a work-break. Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the whole earth revolves-slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.
Live the actual moment.
Only this actual moment is life. Don't be attached to the future.
Don't worry about things you have to do. Don’t think about getting up or taking off to do anything. Don’t think about ‘departing’.