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Lions Roar : May 2017
3. Touch your own interbeing nature Your stress, happiness, and unhappiness are made up of your opinions and atti- tudes. In turn, your state of mind affects how others feel around you. Let go of your opinions and attitudes. Feel your stress dissolve. Feel it float away. Feel it drop to the ground. 4. Enjoy the first sips “To be here and now, and enjoy the pres- ent moment is our most important task,” says Thich Nhat Hanh in Being Peace. Let the aroma of the tea fill the space of your mind until there is no room for thoughts. Let the thinking mind become a tea- enjoying mind. 5. Relax and expand your vision Be silent for the first few sips. Notice how expanding the context of your vision puts your momentary concerns and problems in perspective. When you are relaxed, you are more creative and see more possibili- ties in each situation. See this moment as an important and productive part of your day. If you can step outside the box for a few moments now, you will return to your task with a fresh mind. Breaks for meditation throughout the day act as pressure valves for emptying your mind and finding freedom. So you can apply these steps to other activities in your daily life, such as eating dinner, washing dishes, or even riding the bus. They are all great opportunities to prac- tice stillness in motion, our natural con- dition on the spinning earth. ♦ alone, for that matter). Here’s a five-step practice you can do once your tea is ready. 1. Pause Take a few moments to sit with your cup of tea before you start drinking it. You want this time to be a meditation break as well as a tea break. Even if you medi- tated that morning, by 3 p.m. it’s a dim memory. With a few conscious breaths now, you can reconnect with that medi- tative space. 2. Touch the interbeing nature of the tea See the soil, rain, and sun that went into creating this drink, and the women and men whose hands harvested, prepared, packaged, shipped, and sold it. “The entire universe can be seen in a flower,” Thich Nhat Hanh wrote in Love Letter to the Earth. This vision is rewarding in itself, and is good training for seeing everything with the same eyes, including the person sitting in front of you. LION’S ROAR | MAY 2017 30 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE