A gathering is a time for authentic connection, here we participate in a Tea ritual and create magic.
These days it’s not easy to make time to meditate, yet sitting to have a cuppa is something we can manage to do. When something is not going as planned, or when we are very tired after a long day at work, sitting for meditation can be so difficult, our mind is often overwhelmed by numerous thoughts and unable to be still and to let go for relaxation.
Having a cup of tea helps to centre and calm our nervous system, and it is a lovely, simple way to bring meditation into our daily lives. The spiritual masters Osho, Thich Nhat Hahn and Buddha, spoke of the benefits of drinking tea slowly and with awareness, saying that it can lead us to enlightenment, or at the very least, to seeing who we really are and experiencing harmony in our life.
8 – 9.30 pm
Wellbeing Room, E4 7NH
Please arrive at 7.50 pm… (there will be no entry once we begin the practice at 8.05 pm)
We will create a circle and you can take your time to settle into your chosen spot, (cushions, blankets and yoga mats are supplied).
You will be taken on an inward journey to a deeply relaxed place through the systematic process of Yoga Nidra that is designed to lead the body and mind into receptive states of relaxation and deep presence.
Only 45 minutes of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to 4 hours sleep and the benefits are tremendous. Yoga Nidra lowers cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart rate and levels of adrenaline and cortisol it treats stress, insomnia, depression and PTSD.
** Yoga Nidra (to fully arrive in the moment)
** Silent Tea Ceremony (meditation)
** Group Sharing (share your experiences, insights)
There will be a healing sound-bath towards the end, followed by a serving of nutritional healthy snacks and some social time too.
Having picked some tea, he drank it,
Then he sprouted wings,
And flew to a fairy mansion,
To escape the emptiness of the world….
Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage.
Water is the mother of tea, a teapot its father, and fire the teacher.
Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.
~Thich Nat Hahn
Group session (8 spaces): includes Yoga Nidra, Tea meditation, sharing and healthy snacks (nuts, chocolate, fruits)