I discovered Buddhist Meditation back in 2013, or perhaps it discovered me.
Meditation became a very easy daily ritual for me after many years of disharmony, feelings of restlessness, and feeling anxious at times.
A year after discovering meditation I quit my job, left a relationship and all my materialistic things behind in an attempt to become a Buddhist monk in Thailand, I lasted around two and half weeks in the monastery, but my yearning for harmony was still very much alive.
A few years on I lived in a Buddhist retreat center, this time I stayed more than half a year, and went to countless meditation retreats, in total I practiced silent sitting for a year but generally I still felt very restless.
It was in 2016 when I discovered Tea and Tea Ceremony.
I thought Tea Ceremony was just a cute Japanese thing that would never be for me.
I got some tea from Mr. Nick Dilks (Prabhasvahara), bought a rice bowl in a charity shop and haven’t stopped drinking tea since.
I travelled to Taiwan and Malaysia to deepen my Tea experience, to understand more about the Tea itself, the connection to nature, and to begin to purify and rebalance my body and being.
I have practice Tea Ceremony since 2016, drank with various Tea Masters, and have held 1000’s of Tea Ceremonies for myself and others.
In 2017 I was viewing to buy a small flat for myself in Brighton, little did I know I had entered into the main tea room, which was much different from today, but it was clear to me: ‘This is a tea room’.
With a lot of time, energy, money, the help of WorkAway volunteers and a fluid community, we began to build and develop what is Enlightenment Tea today, serving others in Tea Ceremony, bringing clarity, harmony, and balance in other people’s lives.
It is a calling and an honor to be able to hold Tea Ceremony space for others.