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Slow Down, Have a Cuppa.

cuppaThey say that God is in the ordinary, and what is more ordinary than making a pot of tea and sharing it? In the time taken for such a simple act of hospitality friendships often form, joys and difficulties are shared, and crosses are made lighter. But in our fast-food society we can often lose sight of the opportunity to find peace with ourselves and with others, time to "be".

Even the busiest person sometimes finds oneself with time on one's hands. But it takes a while for one to get used to that unrushed pace. One of these "busy" friends of mine recently dropped in with a message and I offered him a cup of tea.  Out of sheer habit he said, "Oh no, I must rush". But then he thought: Where to? He didn't have any appointment or was needed elsewhere. So he stayed, we had a cuppa, we chatted, and the whole thing was really nice! I think he went away more . . .  'human'.


A simple thing like a cup of tea or coffee simply illustrates how amazing the universe is. If you think about how the individual elements of that cup of tea where created in exploding stars over billions of years then recycled from earth to plant to animal to earth in millions of cycles and lifetimes, and somehow all came together at this time and place to offer you a nice cup of tea, and how the tea, and even the cup itself, will be returned to the earth to start the cycle all over again.
My ... how philosophical we are this morning!
Yeah...most of our rushing about is self-imposed. It's good to stop once in a while and remember that.
I was never a rusher myself . . . but I see many of them around me!
As stated on a userpic on my DW blog

'Never turn down tea- that's how wars get started' :o)
I love it, I love it!
This reminds me of a monk who in addition to his spiritual time and his religious and teaching duties...had a cooking show on US television ('Breaking Bread With Father Dominic'). No, he had no idea how it had happened either!
I originally hit upon the website many years ago, by accident but was drawn in not so much by the recipes - I am fortunate enough to be a natural born baker - but his personal philosophy concerning compassion and friendship for everyone, even total strangers. As a result, ALL of his recipes were doubled, so that you'd have two instead of one. The extra item/batch were termed 'A Random Loaf Of Kindness' and to e given to the first person you felt might like it.
I sent him a fan letter with my ginger cake recipe. He was a bit bemused by having a UK fan but 'never says no to cake'.
Sorry - this comment has rambled on too long!
I remember a custom in an Italian restaurant where a person, when paying, left the price of a cup of coffee for some bloke who had not the price himself!
There's a custom in Judaism of lighting the Yahrzeit candle every year on the anniversary of a close relative or especially close friend. In the cases of Roman Catholic or Anglican/Episcopalian family and friends, I instead choose to light a candle for them at a Christian church (I feel this is more fitting for them).
The point I am getting towards is that the churches I have visited over the years have a little sign on the candle donation box informing people that the candles cost a certain amount, but please donate more if possible so that somebody in needy circumstances can afford to spend that time in meditation and remembrance as well. When I see an elderly person searching through their purse or pockets, I have a tendency to pretend that 'I have no change, so I'll put in a pound for both of us'. I am sad that this is a surprise to them.