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Tea Here Now - Review

Relax and Rejuvenate With a Tea Lifestyle

by Donna Fellman and Lhasha Tizer



Tea Here Now, Relax and Rejuvenate With a Tea Lifestyle by Donna Fellman and Lhasha Tizer

When Ram Dass published Be Here Now in 1971, it turned a whole generation of spiritual seekers on to the teachings of the East. The book is still as widely read today as it was back then, and we consider it a must-read for anyone on a quest for meaning. So imagine our delight when we found out that Inner Ocean Publishing released Tea Here Now.

Much like Ram Dass’ yoga bible, this book is fragranced with Eastern philosophy. You’ll read about creating rituals in your daily life, about using tea to live mindfully and consciously in the now, about tea being "our bodhisattva." You’ll learn about the "agony of the leaves." You’ll hear about the Vietnamese taking boats out to ponds to place tea leaves into lotus blossoms, and at dawn gathering the lotus-infused tea to brew a fresh cup.

Tea Here Now will remind you to start "being" rather than "doing" and when doing, to practice the Confucian art of "li," or authentic action. This means acting based on your inner voice rather than what may look good from the outside and to others. And all these beautiful concepts center somehow around the simple act of preparing and enjoying tea. If you like things loud and fast, this isn’t for you. But if you’re seeking a quiet corner in your life, this little book is a charm.

Reviewed by Sylvie Greil


(Updated: 12/07/12 SG)

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