I generally don’t get angry easily, but when I do, I get very, very angry. It’s not the most PRish of temperaments, and I try to hold back on expressing that anger immediately these days because at the heart of every conflict lies a variety of perspectives that need to be considered before making one’s stand.
It just so happened yesterday that I got into a huge, horrible argument with someone just before tea class, which is just as well because I needed that space to calm myself down. When I first started preparing the tea, I forgot many of the steps and was just rushing through the process. I also was totally pissed at how long the water took to warm up.
But over the next two hours, as I started sipping the tea and listening to my tea lao shi telling me to slow down, I felt my heartbeat return to its regular rate and I became more collected and at peace.
What I really appreciate is that my tea teacher was also having a bad day, but she was big-hearted enough to notice that I was “all over the place”. She didn’t probe, but she gave some very good general life advice which applied so aptly to the situation I was facing.
I’m beginning to understand why some people say that tea is not just good for health, but for the heart as well.