The title of this article is actually very interesting because I might as well be writing about travelling in general. You have to understand that when you travel, you’re not just physically going from point A to point B. While that is obviously happening, there’s a lot more going on than you see on the surface.
Real travel really involves leaving part of your old self behind and allowing yourself to be more trusting. That really is what it boils down to because when you’re more trusting, you open your mind. You don’t have this defensive wall that is automatically skeptical and suspicious of what’s going on around you. You’re not automatically assuming a posture where you are hell bent on filtering stuff. While that kind of attitude is definitely warranted and is extremely useful in certain circumstances, travel is now one of them especially travel for leisure.
I bring this up because if you go to a tea house, you should have a traveler’s mindset.
A traveler’s mindset is really a student’s mindset. You’re there to learn, absorb and figure things out without exerting too much of yourself into whatever it is you’re observing. In other words, you’re not trying to convert people. You’re not trying to tell people your culture, your background or your class is better than theirs. You’re not there to change things instead, you’re there to witness. If you have that mindset, you’ll come back changed. More importantly, you’ll come back inspired.
I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve gone to a tea house, whether it’s located in Portland, Paris, Bangor, Maine, or Pensacola, Florida, but I came back changed. The trick to it is I didn’t go there to tell people how superior I am or I’m some sort of hotshot writer. None of that matters. Instead, I allowed my identity to meld with what’s going on and believe it or not, there is such a thing as spiritual DNA where we send non-verbal signals to each other and this DNA, kind of like bacteria, intermix. They provoke reactions. While a lot of these really wash out and are temporary, some sink in and help you become more creative, perceptive, effective and productive.
Do yourself a big favor. Adapt this mindset so you can really get the most out of your next tea house visit.
Don’t become a victim of your restrictive assumptions or fears. Feel free to explore. Feel free to pick up a book in a genre you’re not all that familiar with. Believe it or not, our comfort zones are there to be challenged. I know, sounds crazy, right? But it’s true. Your comfort zone holds you back and in as much as it keeps threatening stuff out. Try to push against its walls from time to time. Otherwise, don’t be shocked if the walls of your comfort zone starts caving in on you.
You can become a victim of your assumptions soon enough. Instead of looking at the world as an amazing place that is wide open and full of beautiful discoveries, you let your fear get the better of you. Soon enough your fear will tell you what is and what is not possible and what is and what is not worth exploring. Step outside of all of that by checking your assumptions at the door when you enter our tea house. It might just be one of the best things you have ever done.