7/28/2018 7 Comments
Tea Spirit of July 2018
July 2018 “Duck Shit” Dancong Oolong Tea from Global Tea Hut
“We visited another 800-year-old tree and all sat and held Her, praying for medicine and healing for this place. She had a brand new five-story building looming over Her, with air-conditioners humming up all the floors, sewage smells and power lines passing within meters of Her majestic branches.”
-Global Tea Hut Tea & Tao Magazine, July 2018
The scene described above occurred at Phoenix Mountain in China during Global Tea Hut’s annual trip and I read about it in the magazine while enjoying the tea of the month. And I found myself in kinship with this tree, and very humbled. I myself am a highly sensitive person and I am definitely affected by all those polluting factors the tree was facing – noise, smell, and electric and magnetic fields. But unlike a tree, I can move if I find myself in an unhealthy environment. The tree, however, was stuck there to endure and become sick, and most likely will die early like another ancient one in the same area already has.
People and animals that are abused have always held my heart strings, leading me to choose to eat plant-based to not support factory farms and speciesism, and directing my resources to organizations that help end trafficking and/or provide basics for kids in need. And now, I’m becoming more and more attuned to our green friends. I am that person who hugs trees because it feels good to me, and hopefully for the tree too. I held a tea ceremony for a 100-year-old oak tree that was cut down to yes, put up a school parking lot, because I wanted it to know it was loved and appreciated. I believe trees too are sentient beings, beings who give so much to us, literally the breath in our lungs, and yet we disrespect them and treat them as disposable, like so many things in this day and age.
I knew I wanted this month’s painting to be a tribute to that tree that was prayed over by Global Tea Hut members on their trip and to all the trees that are in danger of being deforested and/or suffering, but for a while I didn’t know how I wanted to make it. The thought of drawing power lines and a tree depressed me, and that wasn’t the prayer I wanted to offer. Then, serendipitously, I came across this image I had saved of hands holding a tree, and it inspired me. Ideally, I’d like that we protect and defend the ancient trees where they are, not wiping out the indigenous beings like we’ve done so often throughout history because we want the land. But if not that, I love this thought that trees can be moved, which seems impossible, but in fact, it’s happened, and even in my town.
Although the tree I held the tea ceremony wasn’t saved, another 100-year-old oak was and was moved to its own park so it could live, and a road could still be expanded. But that takes a lot of money and very dedicated people committed to speaking and fighting for the trees, which is why I’m hoping this art piece will inspire more people to come to appreciate trees and be willing to give them a hand.
Benefits of Trees
From Houston Area Urban Forestry Council
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Susan G Alonso
8/2/2018 11:46:42 am
Beautiful Lee Ann <3
10/24/2018 07:34:40 pm
You can never have too many books. In this day and time where people read more e-books than paperback, having an entire library all by yourself could be considered a luxury by some. But for the real enthusiast, it's the only sanctuary they can feel very safe. I myself don't like to go out and socialize anymore if not for work. Given a choice, I really would like to just have an entire room full of book by myself and I really don't want to be disturbed. I feel it's about time I catch up on my reading. It's something I have neglected for a long time. A very long time indeed.
8/21/2018 04:39:46 pm
Wow, that's a beautiful painting, and a beautiful sentiment about trees. Thank you for sharing!
8/21/2018 06:11:38 pm
Thank you and thanks for reading :)
9/14/2018 10:35:41 pm
I also holds tree dear to me. All the Benefits of tree that you mentioned are all true. I also encourage that every time miners cut trees, they should also plant trees double of what they have cut. People also should try or find ways to have an alternative for tree products or maybe they can empower more on recycling. People should take care our nature so that our future kids will still inherit a healthy planet.
10/11/2018 10:51:13 am
Awesome and interesting article. Great things you've always shared with us.
10/15/2018 10:26:45 am
interesting and Awesome Post article.
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Lee Ann Hilbrich (she/her) is an author of three books, a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator of Brené Brown's work, a Qi Gong and Yoga Teacher, and a SoulCollage® Facilitator. She is also certified in Equine-Facilitated Learning. Learning.
Lee Ann Hilbrich, MA, LPC, CDWF, RYT 200
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