Meet LiYing

Life is a ceremony should we choose to see it.

Meditation

Describe your practice and/or why mindfulness is important to you.

It comes with no surprise - Tea Ceremony. It can be as simple as sitting in silence with a few Tea leaves in a bowl and hot water to connect with the heart. Setting the intention to connect, allow and receive guidance from the Universe is tremendously powerful in bridging the sacred and mundane moments in our lives. Tea teaches us to treasure the most simple and almost negligible moments. Life is a ceremony should we choose to see it.

My daily practice of sitting in reverent silence in solitude with Tea is vital for me to start every day on the right note. However, taking into account what Tea master Rikyu once said, “If you don’t know a life without Tea then you don’t know Tea.”, on weekends when I am not serving others, I tend to spend longer time alone with boiled Tea. I also go out into nature and feel into how what I cultivated in the ceremonies are ripping outward to other areas in my life.

Virtue

What is your highest value and why?

Harmony. Because what is there without harmony? Everything begins with coming into harmony.

Vitality

Describe one health practice that is non-negotiable for you each day

I must start the day off with yoga and meditation with Tea. These two non-negotiables are truly grounding me in times when I need solace, and equally, are transcendental in clearing my energetic field and harnessing clarity, in every sense of the word.

Tradition

Describe one tradition that you connect with regularly and why?

I am delving deeper with so much more reverence now into my own Chinese traditions. Paying respect to my ancestors and praying to and inviting Buddha and Guan Yin in my Tea Ceremonies are some of the most profound and exquisite moments for me.

Methodology

What's the most common method you use for tea preparation and what are you excited to learn more about?

I love the sidehandle brewing method, but I also have a lot of appreciation for the boiled Tea, leaves in a bowl and gongfu styles. I am excited to delve deeper into Japanese Tea Ceremonies as well as Fujian Gongfu style.

My favourite Living Teas, oh gosh, so many! I cannot live without Gateway To Spirit, Panacea, and Ancestor.

Community

Describe one way that you support your community and what would help you to support others more effectively

I run virtual retreats that focus on Cha Dao, which I find incredibly beautiful. This has allowed so many precious beings to experience the depth of The Way of Tea unlike what you can in one brief ceremony. Right now, I also run a free Facebook group called the Zen Sanctuary so people can understand more of Cha Dao in the event that they cannot afford the programmes or courses.

In addition to this, I also mentor beings with disordered eating to heal their relationships to their bodies and rebuild the lost connection between spirit and body.

I would appreciate anyone who wishes to join the retreat or programme. Every person helps to keep the cycle of giving and receiving going.

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