How can it be that pouring hot water on a pile of
leaves has the ability to make an instant connection to the Present occur
within us? You don't even have
to drink it for the depth to start having an effect. When
you do finally drink it, you cannot predict the results.
I am partial to Puerh. Perhaps that means I'm partial to "deep Qi". The
substance of Puerh seems to affect
all people. Tonight, for instance, I drank tea formally for
the first time with my mother. After the second cup, she
declared that she was done. The same declaration was
made after the fifth cup. Even on the eighth cup, she was
still declaring herself "completely finished". A few cups
later and my father arrived to gladly take her place, drinking cup after
cup for the first time. The cups started tasting
less and less of tea but by that point, everyone was beyond
tea, speaking joyfully and with truth, about everything!
My small children, three and one and a half years
of age, are very much drawn to the "tea party" and enjoy a
watered down cup of lukewarm tea as much as any adult
enjoys their piping hot cup. The next-door neighbors have
become tea party regulars, putting down their cell phones
and turning off their TVs to enjoy cup after cup with us
late into the night while the kids run hog-wild around the
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