Tea Here Now: Relax and Rejuvenate with a Tea Lifestyle Rituals, Remedies, and Meditations

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New World Library, Oct 1, 2010 - Cooking - 176 pages
Tea Here Now demonstrates how tea and the simple act of preparing a cup of tea can give drinkers a taste of enlightenment. Written for the average person who wishes to infuse accessible, uncomplicated spirituality and mindfulness into his or her tea drinking, the book explores the health benefits, spiritual practices, and lifestyle-enhancing properties associated with the world's major blends, in the process creating a practical guidebook for the "tea lifestyle." Topics include the little-known history and mythology of tea, health benefits, information on tea blends, tips and techniques for brewing the best cup, spiritual and meditation practices that complement and enhance tea drinking, practical ideas for carrying the spirit of tea into all aspects of one’s life (relationships, business, mental health, etc.), old and new rituals to bring meaning and enjoyment to tea drinking, food pairings for tea, and inspirational quotes.

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Donna Fellman is the founder of the Tea Education Alliance (TEA), an organization dedicated to promoting tea and the tea lifestyle through education and experience. She has studied Japanese Tea Ceremony with the Urasenke school since 1997. Transforming her interest into her profession, Donna worked with a tea merchant in Denver for 4 years before becoming manager and tea buyer for teahouses in Seattle and Boulder. She has traveled to India's tea plantations in Darjeeling and Nilgiri, and she is a member of the Specialty Tea Institute, a professional organization. Donna teaches classes on many aspects of tea in Denver, Boulder, and Seattle. For her master's degree in holistic nutrition, Donna researched the health benefits of tea from the perspectives of traditional Oriental medicine and modern Western science. Her goal as a nutritionist is to increase the public's awareness of tea's extraordinary range of health benefits. Under her direction, the Tea Education Alliance publishes monographs and sponsors workshops and lectures on different aspects of tea. The Bodhidharma Tea and Meditation Society, a part of TEA whose goal is to create community around tea and meditation, incorporates her more than twenty years' experience with meditation, emphasizing mindfulness and concentration, with her tea expertise. Anne makes fine teas and teaware available to others through the Bodhidharma Tea Company.

Lhasha Tizer works at Miraval Life in Balance Resort, where she teaches classes and conducts personal consultations about tea, mindfulness, and meditation. She consults, coaches, and instructs others in creating mindful and healthy lifestyles through her business, The Way of Wellness. She educates, as well as creates special tea ceremonies and events for others. She lives peacefully and contentedly in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband, Russell. Lhasha has four grown children and three grandchildren who fill her life with love.

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