April 2, 2015

DAY TEN – 30 Day Inspiration – Discover Your Erotic Nature

submitted by Amara Charles Back

30 Day Inspiration ~ Discover Your Erotic Nature

Ten Days of Gentleness | With Amara Charles and The Shakti Team

DAY TEN Tea

 

It is in moments like these where tea becomes so much more then just a beverage of delight. Tea is poured and prepared with such presence and intention. A single cup…with puerh is like a liquid prayer. Unknown-6 Daily rituals can be like an on going ceremony of gratitude… Shyena Venice always says: Tea restores the spirit, calms the mind, elicits conversation. “It feels nourishing and an honor to have good tea. I feel blessed.” Shyena shares Tea has become a center piece of our home over the years. A place for gathering, nourishment, calming of the mind,  a place for conversation. While having tea, it’s as though I can sense the moment of harvest of the specific tea leaf and blossom. Some grow in meadows, mountains… and while drinking tea and preparing I think of the people that harvested the leaves, how it was picked, during which part of the month etc. I give my thanks to the entire process and it feels like such a blessing to have this ancient ceremony oooz through my life. A tea experience definitely has a multitude of layers to it. Why I share this…? Well, I would like to think even though we enjoy tea or not, that what ever we replenish our bodies with that it is done in the utmost care, presence and nourishment.

I Know The Way You Can Get – Poem by Hafiz
 

I know the way you can get

When you have not had a drink of Love:

Your face hardens,

Your sweet muscles cramp.

Children become concerned

About a strange look that appears in your eyes

Which even begins to worry your own mirror

And nose.

 

Squirrels and birds sense your sadness

And call an important conference in a tall tree.

They decide which secret code to chant

To help your mind and soul.

 

Even angels fear that brand of madness

That arrays itself against the world

And throws sharp stones and spears into

The innocent

And into one’s self.

 

O I know the way you can get

If you have not been drinking Love:

 

You might rip apart

Every sentence your friends and teachers say,

Looking for hidden clauses.

 

You might weigh every word on a scale

Like a dead fish.

 

You might pull out a ruler to measure

From every angle in your darkness

The beautiful dimensions of a heart you once

Trusted.

 

I know the way you can get

If you have not had a drink from Love’s

Hands.

 

That is why all the Great Ones speak of

The vital need

To keep remembering God,

So you will come to know and see Him

As being so Playful

And Wanting,

Just Wanting to help.

 

That is why Hafiz says:

Bring your cup near me.

For all I care about

Is quenching your thirst for freedom!

 All a Sane man can ever care about

Is giving Love!

 From: ‘I Heard God Laughing – Renderings of Hafiz’   

Translated by Daniel Ladinsky

 

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