Words by Mikki Sage As I sat amongst my Spirit sisters sipping tea at a recent gathering, I could hear the water start to bubble. My tea sister Tien signals me with her eyes in silence that the water felt ready. In that moment I could hear our tea teacher WU DE of Global Tea Hut voice rustling in my memory when he was last here on the importance of water.
To get to the heart of this profound teaching, and why tea practice is so much more meaningful and zen when you start learning to be one with water... it subtlety becomes a practice of "listening" that not only makes it an art form but a gift. There is a depth that reveals itself when you make the effort to experience it, to open your mind and your heart, to engage in the dialogue that is always present beneath the surface. As a plant medicine, tea has always wanted to have that conversation with us, even the mythology of tea speaks about the tree itself dropping its leaves into the Emperor's kettle in order to be heard.