The Enormous Effort Of Tea

Lately, whenever I use anything, I notice the chain of events that bring these things to me. It's almost as if the entire planet is working diligently to provide me with everything I want.

For example, because I'm a civilized person with discerning tastes, I enjoy an excellent cup of tea. If our household is experiencing a period of affluence, we'll buy the good stuff. I especially like a brand that hales from Yorkshire.

Every time I open a box of tea, I think of how improbable it is that I'm able to have this experience. The effort it takes for me to make this delicious cup of enjoyment is mind boggling. The leaves are grown world's away in India, Africa, and Sri Lanka. Harvesting is labor intensive work, especially for the good teas where they're picking specific parts of the leaves at particular times of year. Then the tea goes through the curing process and the packaging process and the multiple forms of transportation. I think about the truck drivers and the people who own the stores and the people who stock the shelves and the graphic designers that design the boxes and the factories that make the boxes and so it goes until that little box of tea ends up in my kitchen in my hands. It's a group effort of magnificent proportion just to provide me with this one experience.

Everything is like this. Everything is working together at all times. I seem to notice it most with food and beverages. I can't sift my hands through a package of oats without thinking about the fields that grow those oats and the tractors, harvesting it, and what's on the iPod of the guy driving the tractor. Interconnection is everywhere, and it's amazing.

How special are you that the entire universe works to provide you with every experience you have. No one has to know you to work on your behalf, and you don't have to know other people to work on their behalf. There's tremendous organization and coherence happening everywhere because that's the nature of life. It's on your side.

You're reading by Samantha Standish. If you want to learn more about what happened in my out-of-body experience, my book, "Equal," is available for a nominal amount at,

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