Sitting cross-legged, eyes closed + hands clasped around a warm ceramic cup, I sat on a makeshift meditation space in the Nanyang Auditorium. It was the TEDx Singapore #Undiscoveredcountry event. As an introvert, this internally created quiet space, with the help of ear plugs, was a cherished reprieve from an atmosphere abuzz with conversation and sales pitch. It is imperfect, and if you listen more closely, you pick up other sounds, perhaps minimal on their own, but add to the crescendo that makes a tea ritual an excellent practice in mindfulness. When you quiet the monkey brain, more than the ambient noises fade away. In the present moment, there is no past and there is no future. No worries. No fears. No attachments. When thoughts cease, karma ceases.
Hush is a teabar. A silent teabar that unites the worlds of the non-hearing and the hearing. A social enterprise, it advocates awareness of the deaf community, a marginalized sector of our society. By employing the non-hearing as TeaRistas, Hush helps to provide jobs to those who have difficulty finding employment due to communication barriers and stigma. Within the silence of a tea ritual or one of their many events, the hearing and non-hearing connect through the appreciation of teas.
What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.Helen Keller
Choose from four teas sourced from Sri Lanka – Delectably Robust, Freshly Tranquil, Sweetly Intimate, and Undoubtedly Quirky. Each 30g of TeaMood, packaged in an eco-friendly tube, is available for purchase ($18).
Experience your tea through See, Touch, Smell, Taste, and Listen. Get quiet and experiment with the following suggestions from Hush.
Observe, Look Deeply, Look Beyond Mind’s Eyes
Texture, Memories, Feelings
Inhale, Exhale, Slow Breath, A Sense of Calm
Sensation, Fulfillment, Enjoyment
Silent, Inner Voice, The Heart Speaks