Author: Mario Zeleny
Publisher: Sancti Spiritus
Publishing Date: 2014
Media headlines abound these days saying, “Tea is trendy...” and we believe it until we read the first chapter of Ritual Tea: How the 9 Secrets of Tea Can Transform Your Life. Entitled, Tea’s Sordid and Holy Exploits, chapter one is a worldwide, whirlwind tour of tea history that leaves the reader knowing once and for all that tea has always been trendy for very good reasons. Next to water, tea is the world’s most popular drink.
Author Mario Zeleny, lifelong tea lover and personal coach, extracts the magic of tea from its history, uses, and benefits but also from its power to change the world. He brings the secrets of tea into modern light, and makes them accessible for contemporary lifestyles.
“We do not have to be a Buddhist monk, or study The Way of Tea for decades to be your own Tea Master,” says Zeleny, “but you must understand its secrets to reap tea’s transformative qualities in your life.”
Ritual Tea boasts over 30 links to free tea products, ten personal rituals to help with everything from anxiety to sleep, and 10 charts that make crafting our own ritual a breeze. The author has also included a coupon for tea at the end of the book!
Discover the transformative power of tea hidden in its history, versatility, and essence through simple, timeless and individualized rituals. To help us on the tea path, the author has made a free Ritual Tea ecourse available through ArtSpellz.com.
Tea has made a 5000 year trek to inhabit the world and in its wake it has altered not only individual lives but cultures and countries. Ritual Tea asks, “Who will we be in tea’s history?” Will we just make tea, or will we allow tea make us?
This is the author's first book
About the Author
Mario Zeleny – Lover of all things tea. Mario spent 15 years in healthcare and social services in clinical and administrative roles that offered coaching to employees and volunteers. An artist and entrepreneur from an early age, Mario now brings his love of writing, art, spirit, coaching and ritual together online at his creative living site, Sancti Spiritus and also from his transformational art site, Art Spellz. Mario looks forward to completing his education with Mentor Coach and St. Clement Seminary. He currently resides in
with his husband of 8 years, their children and their domestic sovereign, a pug
named Brigit. Sacramento
His latest book is the self-help inspirational, Ritual Tea: How the 9 Secrets of Tea Can Transform Your Life.
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"Tea is a ritual that has healed my wounds, accelerated my recovery from setbacks and manifested abundance in my life. Much of my success is due to tea's nine secrets." (i-ii)
Practically almost all of Americans are focused on coffee and the only tea they might know of is iced tea. Currently tea is being touted as being healthy as well as trendy and the rest of the world drinks it as well. There is really much more to tea than meets the eye, which is what the author is trying to convince you of.
Summary of content:
Tea is a very unique drink that many people use for hospitality or rituals or other means. Tea also has a fascinating history as well as interesting secrets and how it can be used to enhance one's life.
"Tea's secrets might resonate with you from the very beginning, or it may take practicing a tea ritual to bring them to life for you. Your path to tea is unique. You will illuminate your own individual journey. It beings by taking a step. And, maybe that step is reading this book." (v)
Main points of book:
*Tea Incarnations: Holy and Sordid Exploits
*Rituals of Tea
*The science and magic of tea
*Elements of a successful ritual
*Ten simple rituals to rock your world
*Meanings, symbols and correspondences
*Tea like wine
*The ten secrets of tea
*Free tea products
Why its interesting and informative:
I grew up with hot tea that has either sugar or sugar with lemon in it. Everyday my family and I drink tea either for breakfast or sort of after dinner or even after eating greasy food. Most of the stuff and history that the author discussed, I had no idea! I had no idea of how and why British drink tea with milk, or the bigger role tea played in some nations. Heck, I didn't even know there is a such thing as red tea. (No kidding about that.) The author takes his subject seriously and is very passionate about tea.
The book did impart knowledge on me that I didn't even know and I doubt I'll look at tea the same way again. I think it also gave me an appreciation for when my parents and I get together and we drink tea after meal.
Not many people know or are familiar with tea, especially in America. Heck, not many people even know the history of tea or how to make it enrich the life.
Ideas in books vs larger ideas:
I would imagine that if tea was implemented in America the results might be more different than the use of coffee for everything. For one maybe life will be more sweeter and enjoyable instead of constantly rushing everywhere.
I'm not sure whether or not I agree with the author. I have to admit that the examples he uses are not something I'd do, and sometimes I was trying to imagine how comfortable people would be using them, men in particular. I also didn't really expect for the author to take tea seriously.
The author uses secondary sources and they are from the Internet.
While I found the book interesting, the reason for three stars is that I had this impression that the rituals are written for people who are wealthy and can afford to practice advice instead of for someone who's not. I also often wondered of the audience, whether or not this is something that men should read or if this is written for women. But still to learn more about tea, then yeah, read it.
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I am running a month long HUGE Giveaway package plus 3 books and tea giveaways. The grand prize is: $100 visa, gift certificate to a free class $60 or less, a Ritual Tea book, a beautiful tea set, a collection of teas, a canvas gallery wrapped print, and a canvas tea inspired tote from Trader Joes!
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I am running another huge giveaway from May 1- 15. The Prizes are: $100 visa gift card, certificate to a free class $60 or less, a Ritual Tea Book, an canvas gallery wrapped print, Numi's Organic Tea Blending Set and a Spa Bath Package.
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This giveaway also runs from May 1-15. Prizes are: $25 visa giftcard, butterfly teacup gallon planter, Biscotti, lemonbar and brownie mix, a Ritual Tea book, two packages of Sancti Spiritus Tea, a vintage tea inspired canvas tote from Trader Joes, and a $60 gift certificate for a free class from Art Spellz... all totalling $155!
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The KINDLE version of the book will be on sale all month long at Amazon starting on May 5th for $.99!!!
The paperback is also on sale at my shop only for $7.49 which includes FREE TEA and an exclusive Tea Coupon! www.mariozeleny.com/shop.
3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)