“Every day I take a tea break. I use tea as a metaphor and a method for living life fully. It helps me create the empty space where the unconscious can be made conscious, where conflicts and creative visions can come into the light of day. For centuries, China, Japan, India, the Arab nations, the United Kingdom, and Ireland have understood what the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, wrote in the Tao Te Ching, “To hold and fill a cup to overflowing is not as good as stopping in time.” Find something that can create empty space for you and let it become your ritual. Make the space, take the time; the clarity that consciousness will bring you will more than make up for the time that would be wasted anyway when the unconscious runs wild in your life.”
Dr. Shelley is a tea connoisseur and conducts tea seminars for organizations, spas, and private groups focusing on the psychology of drinking tea but also incorporates history, health tips, and facts about brewing tea.
Her tea blog and tea article archives are available at http://www.thethreetomatoes.com/drshelley.html