my journey with truth


Posted on: February 20, 2011

In my class on World Christianity last semester we discussed at one point how other cultures, other cultural histories, and how other culture’s wisdoms do and do not get integrated into theology/cultural theologies.  The question of whether Native American theology is just theology or is inherently Native American in a way that other people will not, cannot, or (as some unfortunately argue) should not accept or study is similar to the arguments for (really, against) feminist or liberation theology.  Anyway, I digress.  We got on the topic of authority, I think, and one of my friends said something about how she felt moved by our readings but at the same time felt caught – not just anything gives us spiritual direction.  And then, she said something like “I mean, I can like what my tea bags say but I don’t worship my tea bags nor do I believe their wisdom is derived from themselves.  I don’t follow my tea bags’ tags.”

I laughed internally because I figured she was talking about Yogi brand tea and because I’d been collecting tea bag tags for weeks, only throwing out the repeats.  Have you ever had Yogi tea?  It’s a really great organic brand with lots of wisdom poured into each type of tea.  There’s a yoga pose of some sort to help aid in whatever ends you are drinking the tea for in the first place – a stress-relieving breathing method for the various calming teas (in fact, I prefer “Calming” to “Bedtime” and “Stress Relief” – it’s got a better blend and balance of lavender and chamomile and is more commonly referred to by me as “Night-night Tea”).  They have an awesome ingredient glossary on their website.  And the purposes of their teas range from digestive aids and dieting support to women’s health and immunity to stress relief and relaxation and rejuvenation and more.

Anyway, each tea bag has a tag and that tag has some little snippet of… ahem, wisdom (not that the wisdom is the tea itself).  Perhaps we could even call it truth.  I secretly love finding out what my tea has to say to me each time I brew a cup.  And I’m not going to lie – I find something good and theologically sound in acknowledging that something I put in my body and something upon which my mind ruminates will have some affect on my spirit.  My body, my mind, and my spirit have a relationship with one another that started with my creation.  Our bodies were deemed very good, not just our souls and both testaments of the bible are chock full of acknowledgment of our bodies.  If you’ve ever been tricked into thinking bodies are bad, or if you’ve ever been tricked into thinking you’re just a spirit trapped in this body til death sets you free, you’re been tricked and not told the truth.  So, I think Yogi teas do something good.  I don’t worship them.  But I like how they make me think.

Here are some of my favorite Tea-ruths:

We are here to love each other, serve each other, and uplift each other.
Be proud of who you are.
You can run after satisfaction, but satisfaction must come from within.
If you see good, learn something.  If you see bad, learn what not to be.
The art of longing and the art of belonging must be experienced in life.
There is beauty in your presence.  Show who you are.
Always be pure, simple, and honest.
The art of happiness is to serve all.
Your greatness is measured by your gifts, not by what you have.
Without realizing who you are, happiness cannot come to you.
Life is a gift.  If you do not value our gift, nobody else will.
You only give when you love.
Have wisdom in your actions and faith in your merits.
Experience your own body, your own mind, and your own soul.

Truth is everlasting.


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  • myjourneywithtruth: i had it in my office at my internship in Corpus Christi two summers ago. ellen davis is brilliant and glows with an aura of holy.
  • amy h: i love this quote. i think i may need it hanging on my wall where i'll see it daily. perhaps in front of the toilet? by the door? bedside table? i'll
  • chaz: That post made me really sad too. Mostly because I want to take young Lizzie by the shoulders and shake her (gently?) into sublime realization that sh


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