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—Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Drinking Tea Mindfully Part III

The Miracle of Mindfulness
Thich Nhat Hanh

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 workbreak. 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.

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