Welcome to the Digital Table where you are part of a global conversation with tea. Global Tea Hut is a Non-Profit Organization that sends out a sampling of tea, a gift and a special magazine. Everything is brought together by the community to spread the love of tea, Dao and Zen. Join us the last week of every month to discuss the current packet from Global Tea Hut.
This series was created because the message from Global Tea Hut touched me. It is of my own creation and I receive nothing from them ,but good karma of spreading their message and cause . All past posts can be found under “Digital Table” here
Spring 2007 “Old Man Camphor” Shou Puerh from Lincang, Yunnan
This tea was a just what I needed when I was sick a few weeks ago. It gave me a little energy and also casted a calmness over my body. Old Man Camphor smelt very similar to wet forest, earthy and rich. The liquor brewed thick with a sweetness at the end. I noticed a taste of baked cookies that came in before the taste of cooked fruit. Each infusion washed a warmth over you with each sip.
It was like a big hug from the Global Tea Hut Community . A togetherness that is very similar to the lovely holiday card and photo of Global Tea Hut members. The together they invoked the spirit of the season, family.
Winter 2014 “Buddha’s Palm” Oolong from Pingling, Taiwan
Who doesn’t love a roasted oolong on a cold night? They just warm you right up and that is exactly what this tea did. Buddha’s Palm is a lightly roasted rolled oolong that just begged to be steeped. When steeped had delicious smell of dried fruit, perhaps raisins. The taste reminded me of cooked apple crumble. It just coated the mouth just right.
“With Slow, Gentle Graceful Movements” by Wu De
December’s issue continued the discussion of a poem on essence of Gongfu tea. This month we are touching on “slow, gentle graceful movements”. This line refers to the elegance that comes from being awareness of every move you make as you brew. Wu De suggests we “connect to you tea practice at every stage of the process”. We do this by being present and being in the practice of connecting to your tools.
To boil it down even further, you need to have a complete awareness (like being aware of your body in yoga) as you brew. Slow down, take your time and make each movement with your full concentration. Focus on each specific task as it arises: when you are rinsing the leaves, boiling water, cleaning etc. Do each task with focus and love.
“Changing Lives with a Kettle & Some Bowls” by Sam Gibb
January’s issue touched me with Sam’s article about sharing tea with children. I have always believed that they are our future and should be taught things to make it better. Meditation is just one of those things, and Sam took it up a notch with some tea (why not?). Sharing tea to teach and foster meditation, is an easier manner for those not used to it. It is perfect method to use with kids and teaching anything is always rewarding (even more so with children).
It all started with camping retreats where Sam early in the morning held his morning ritual of tea and meditation. He was soon surprised with a few kids (and more each day) who joined him. After they all returned back to school some students wanted to continue having tea. This is where Tea Club started.
Sam stated that his reason for teaching them meditation is that: “society is moving away from stillness and true connection, instead we are all looking at our phones”. With his teaching his students began to notice nature around them and even started to have tea at home.
A few of the students wrote about what tea ment for them Amelia wrote a powerful line in hers “Tea for me is a safe, peaceful place”. For me this shows how important skills such as meditation and tea should be taught at an earlier age. That way we may reach a day where there is more respect and harmony amongst the world. Which may very well lead to peace.