Three months of “the magical tea night”

Reading Tea LeavesWe had our third evening of “How to Read Your Own Tea Leaves” last Thursday and I’m more committed to this event than ever.  I’m not sure what I expected when I first started doing these evenings of sharing tea leaf reading, but here’s what I’ve found:

  • It attracts people of all interests
  • There is fun and laughter, while encouraging thoughtfulness
  • People who are not related or known to one another eagerly help each other and interaction is very kind
  • The “question” or “wish” that each participant is encouraged to ask him/herself remains completely private to them
  • We all experience some kind of revelation during the evening—it’s usually something another participant says or discovers without thinking of its significance
  • Drinking a cup of tea and watching the tea leaves unfold as you drink is really relaxing and invites great conversation—whatever comes up
  • Most participants leave the evening feeling more clarity around whatever they needed

Often, there is irreverent conversation.  The other night I couldn’t figure out what type of bird I was seeing in my leaves and for some reason this seemed important to me.  The discussion evolved into me telling the group about the testosterone-crazed male robins at my house who keep banging into my windows to fight with their reflection (thinking it is a rival robin)–I term these “lusty male robins”.  This prompted one of our participants to suggest this as a good name for a rock band.  I’ve been chuckling about it for three days.

The important thing about these evenings is that no one takes tea leaf reading too seriously or has too-high expectations.  There is magic that occurs, but it’s more around the shared experience of our human kindness and laughter.

I’m leading a “How to Read Your Own Tea Leaves” at the Northwest Tea Festival this year—how fun!