Life is like riding a surf board. You can either fall into the ocean or you can ride the wave all the way to the shore. Some waves crash with a roar while others simply fade back into the ocean. So what are you going to do?
Up until around the 1950’s most tea was drunk as loose-leaf tea and not in the form of teabags. These were introduced to the market by PG Tips as a hassle saving device and quickly became popular. Before that though around 95% of tea was loose tea.
You must take into consideration language. You have to be able to communication with each other to a good degree. If you cannot talk with each other very well, you are going to get frustrated and possibly get upset with each other over the simplest of things. And learning a new language is not as easy as one would think, especially any of the Asian languages. Their language is very particular on the way you make words sound. Slight differences of one word can mean totally different meanings.
Stopping is something we don’t do nearly enough. It’s the first and most important step to being mindful because it helps us break the trance of automation that comes from mindless occupation. Instead of telling ourselves “don’t just sit there, do something!” Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, a founder of the “engaged mindfulness baltimore” movement, recommends we tell ourselves the exact opposite: “Don’t just do something, sit there!” Bells of mindfulness are cues that can help us stop and return to the present moment. Audible reminders such as the ringing of the telephone or non-audible reminders like walking through a doorway can be prompts for our practice. Bells of mindfulness can be anything we choose.
There is an undeniable safety that occurs when someone else is objectively present when we feel and express ourselves. For example, “You’re traumatized. You’re getting a divorce. You call a friend and begin pouring out your heart. But then, your friend says, ‘Hey, I understand how you feel. Here is how you can deal with it…’ With that, the healing in progress is stopped. If your friend would just have listened and not responded, the healing could have continued. If you could have just expressed yourself, without interruption, saying ‘I am feeling this’ you would have felt better and have had the actual release of the trauma. The healing happens in the disclosure itself.” The disclosure is the re-moving of the issue.
Matthieu Ricard is 63 years old, French interpreter, and considered to be one of the happiest men in the world. His work along with the Dalai Lama had turned him into a Buddhist monk. However, that is not really the main secret for his excellent mood and high level of happiness. It is in meditation.
There are many more pilgrimage sites around the world…. there’s no way we could begin to tell you about all of them here. We’re not suggesting that you take a pilgrimage, but these cities certainly could call to you… and why not answer… and visit one of them.