Susan held up the metal teapot and cloth tea cozy that belonged to her Scottish grandmother.
“Tea was the answer to every problem,” she said. “If you weren’t feeling well, my grandmother would say, ‘Let’s have a cup of tea.’ If you broke up with your boyfriend, she would say, ‘Let’s have a cup of tea.’ We would have tea, and everything would be much better.”
She paused briefly, then continued. “Of course, it wasn’t the tea itself. She had a whole routine of making the tea, then we sat down together, over cups of tea, to talk.”
Last week, I got to participate in a session run by Health Story Collaborative. The Health Story Collaborative is founded on the theory that there is healing in telling your story and in listening to the stories of others. The WBUR CommonHealth blog wrote up a summary of the session.
I shared my story, and the session felt so intensely personal that I wasn’t going to write about it here. The evening was filed with authenticity and laughter, and the energy that I felt afterwards left me wanting to just be with it. I didn’t want to check texts, emails or Facebook – unusual for me. Others who attended felt the same way. That gift of life force energy carried me for days and I continue to hold it in my heart. I didn’t want to do anything that might dissipate its special, powerful impact.
Then on Tuesday, I got my tumor marker measured. Over the past months, it has been going down, bit by bit, maybe 10 points or less at a time. Though the doctors label that “stable,” I am grateful for each drop.
This time, though, it dropped from 340 to 290 – a reduction of 50 points, or almost 15%. That is significant.
So, I’m stepping out of my silence to say, find a friend and take out the teapot. Share your stories, and listen with your heart. These seemingly small things make a big difference in our world.
If you are interested in sharing your story, find out more at Healing Story Sessions or email email@example.com
So glad to hear the good news about your test results! Let’s celebrate over a cup of tea : )
Wow! That’s a wonderful change! I love hearing that!
That’s fantastic about your tumor! Have you read Seven Thousand Ways to Listen by Mark Nepo? I’m reading it now and I thought about you.
YAY!!!! YAY!!!! You made my day. Love you SO much. ox
On Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 3:48 PM, Adventures in Spiritual Living wrote:
> Marie Colantoni Pechet posted: “Susan held up the metal teapot and > cloth tea cozy that belonged to her Scottish grandmother. “Tea was the > answer to every problem,” she said. “If you weren’t feeling well, my > grandmother would say, ‘Let’s have a cup of tea.’ If you broke up with your > b”
I am so happy to hear this; of course it only makes sense that your beautiful spirit is bringing you better health, Marie! It brings so much joy to all who love you, as well. xo!
I missed you at yoga but I am so happy to receive this news from you! We will all keep the good thoughts and prayers coming your way.
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Thanks, Linda! I will be at the Neck and Shoulders workshop today and plan to see you at yoga on Friday! xo
Marie – sorry I hadn’t been on your blog to hear this wonderful news earlier. Such healing in cups of tea, faith, support and the beautiful spirit you bring to it.
Thanks, Kathy, and no worries. I figure that this is like a conversation that you can tap into when you have the time. I never expect anyone to read every post or every word (though of course it feels good when they do! ). Sending peace and love your way!
that is … WONDERFUL! sip a cuppa for me, my friend!
I was thinking about you today after I read that you were headed to chemo. I always pray for you the minute I see your email. But today I went on your blog and read your posts… How I wish I was there to have a cup of tea (mine would be a chai latte!) with you. Praying that all went well today and that the chemo does its job. With love and prayers, Diane
So happy to hear this news, Marie. Cups of tea are huge in my life as well. Everytime I’m with family, someone is putting a kettle on. There’s no drink – even though I’m a huge coffee fan – that is quite as soothing to my soul. xoxo