The Steep Sessions 1 : Tea & Health
6pm - 7:30pm
In the first Steep Session of 2018 we will explore the theme of Tea & Health.
We are frequently asked about the Health benefits of tea and for many people this question is aimed at the properties of the plant itself. What is often not taken into consideration is how valuable the process of drinking tea is to health. By this we mean mental health. The ceremony of taking tea, whether as simple as putting a teabag in a mug or as complex as a full Gongfu ceremony is a pause from life.
Tea & Health will explore tea from both perspectives. Starting with an introduction to the properties of tea we will then invite Camille from 'How to live well' [bio below] to guide us through a tea meditation. The evening will end around a communal table with tea & a warming vegetarian curry. A chance to connect.
January Guest : Camille Gibson : “I discovered meditation in my late twenties, when I was going through a particular difficult period in my life. My marriage had just fallen apart, and I was thrown into the challenges of single parenting two young children. Desperately seeking some kind of solace from the misery I was feeling, I turned up at my local Buddhist group for a meditation class. From that first evening I was hooked. In those early years my meditation practice was steeped in Zen tradition- black robes and sitting for hours in complete stillness. My life was an interesting mix of devoted Buddhist practice and full on crazy single parenting. I would move between week long silent retreats to a daily life where there was barely a moment to myself. It meant rising early every morning to meditate, and some days the only moment of stillness I could find was behind a locked bathroom door. But it was worth it. Those moments of stillness brought me to a deep understanding of myself, and with that came healing and a renewed love of life. I’ve been meditating for more than fifteen years now, and although I’ve moved away from my strict Zen training, my practice remains strong.
What is great about mindfulness practice is that it can be incorporated into any daily activity, immediately making it a restful and restorative experience. Tea drinking is a perfect example. By slowing down and using our senses to fully connect to the experience of making and drinking tea, it is transformed into an enriching and enlightening ritual- a meditation of sorts.