- Religion and Philosophy
Tea Gardens - Inspiration to the World
Tea gardens have held great fascination for people who enjoy drinking tea in a garden and then leisurely walk around viewing statues, ponds, and flora. Whether they are indoors or outdoors, tea gardens have long been an inspiration to the world.
Whether they are indoors or outdoors, tea gardens have long been an inspiration to the world. The philosophy of the tea garden is to inspire a cognitive and emotive response within the viewer. Tea gardens were opened all over England with tea being served every afternoon and then dancing in the gardens.
Centuries of Tradition
Tea began in China over 5,000 years ago. The Chinese believe in order to understand what makes the environment harmonious; we need to have a good sense of perception regarding both the natural environment and the man-made environment. To do that, we must unite ourselves with the greater wholeness around us. The Chinese use Yin-Yang theory to interpret our environment.
For example, the mountain creates a shadow, which is called “Yin” or negative object.” Water provides nutrients for plants to grow which is called “Yang” or “positive object.” Mountain and water together are Yin and Yang. The degree of harmony in an individual place is solely dependent on the balance of Yin and Yang. The Chinese influenced the first traditional tea gardens of Japan.
Japanese Way of Life
The underlying foundations for a Japanese garden are the essential belief and cultural understanding that man and nature are one. The philosophy of the tea garden is to inspire a cognitive and emotive response within the viewer, creating a scene in the mind.
While some places make you feel tense or drained others will bring you a feeling of relaxation or renewed energy. That’s because our physical surrounding has a little known but powerful influence on us. Drinking tea alone or with a friend in a garden is symbolic of achieving tranquility and calmness within as well as without.
English Way of Life
Historically, English tea gardens were revered, like the Asian heritage, as a place to reflect, relax and inspire from a long day of work. In the 1730s, tea gardens were opened all over England with tea being served every afternoon and then dancing in the gardens like a garden party. The idea of a tea dance blossomed and tea dances still remain fashionable today. Yet, the English, today, is known for drinking cups of tea throughout the day.
Visit a Local Tea Garden
The only way to understand the way of life in a tea garden is to visit one. You can spend the afternoon sipping tea and walking around the garden, enjoying the atmosphere, following the path to the pond and statues. You can take the time to see if going through this ritual is beneficial to you. Does it relax you? Inspire you?
If you are moved in a positive way, then perhaps you might want to periodically return and even share the experience with someone special.