Something In The Tea

Written by on June 11, 2019 in Conscious Living, Inspirational, Meditation with 0 Comments

I lived in Korea for a year teaching English and studying meditation. I loved to explore the locals-only part of this fascinating country.

One day a few friends and I wandered into a tea shop in the old part of town. At the back of the shop was a man, dressed in the Han Bok, the traditional Korean habit, who noticed us enter the shop.

Without a word he began to prepare tea. By the time we had swooned over the beautiful tea sets and had made our way to the back of the shop, the water was hot. It wasn’t until we arrived at the back of the narrow shop that we noticed the man sitting on the floor behind a small wooden table.

He motioned for us to join him. Taken aback, yet delighted, we sat on a few cushions lying on the floor in front of the low table.

The man poured the hot water into an ancient pot, its tea-stained cracks shone like the creased face of an elder.

We did not speak each other's language and sat in a generous pocket of silence as the tea steeped.

After a few minutes, he laid out a few delicate tea cups and performed the proper ceremony to serve us all tea. His concentration and ceremony around pouring the tea felt like he was putting his heart into the tea.

We drank tea.

Small talk was impossible and would have been superfluous. We didn't even attempt charades.

Several long minutes passed.

After the tea, its taste lingering on our tongues, we rose and humbly bowed to the tea master. He smiled and bowed humbly back.

We left the shop but he has never left our hearts.  

There was something in the tea.


Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in the US (New York, Salt Lake City, LA) and abroad and currently lives in Southern France. When he's not teaching or conducting retreats, he writes for Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, Medium, and his own blog at Scott also loves to run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son. Check out his yoga retreats to places like Tuscany and France , his online Yoga Nidra Course and his Yoga Teacher Mentor Program

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