Right now, I am in the middle of my exam period.
However that doesn’t mean that I am completely neglecting my blog (despite the apparent lack of entries)
This will all change after the 22nd Nov, when they’re done!.
Revision is stressful but there are ways to calm yourself down;
- Reading classical Persian poetry (Attar’s The Conference of Birds)
- Playing my acoustic guitar-recently learnt Purple Rain by Prince and ‘My Friends’ by RHCP.
- Drinking copious amounts of white tea and Persian tea.
- Writing, in this case a new blog entry
Whilst I could easily digress at this point about the health merits of tea (and I will in a future blog post), the association of tea with positive social experiences has been well documented, especially in the Baha’i Faith.
Just search for ‘tea’ on Ocean-The World Religious Library and you will see search results littered with numerous references to tea drinking, especially in the history of the Baha’i Faith.
In fact the act of drinking tea socially, was associated with one of most fundamentally significant moments in Bahá’í history i.e. when Mulla Husayn, first met the Bab, one of the twin Manifestations and Founders of the Baha’i Faith.
It was on this evening in Shiraz, on the 22nd May, that the Báb announced to Mulla Husayn that He was the Promised One, and that night is known as the Declaration of the Báb.
Mulla Husayn recounts the events of that fateful night to Nabil, in his famous historical document, referring to the Báb’s hospitality to him:
He then gave me to drink of a refreshing beverage, after which He asked for the samovar and Himself prepared the tea which He offered me.
(Nabil-The Dawn-Breakers, p. 52)
So it comes as no surprise that I recently came across an article on my second favourite website after Facebook, BBC News, that says that warm drinks promote warm feelings…
According to US researchers, ‘people are more likely to judge strangers as welcoming and trustworthy when they are holding a hot cup of coffee, experiments show.’
The study (click to read) used coffee, but the variable being investigated was the temperature.
So time you meet somebody new for the first time, offer them a nice hot beverage.
Personally I recommend tea rather than coffee, because coffee is a greater stimulant and will only make those nervous, jittery feelings worse.
so, ’till next time….. make tea……not war! 😀