Sunday, October 11, 2015
"The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings." Okakura Kakuzo
As I continue to read The Book of Tea, I find I have to be in the right state of mind to get anything out of it. In the latest chapter, I found myself skimming all this zen stuff, thinking, "Blah, blah, blah Kakuzo, we're all one, yup, yup, but what about tea? How do I make it taste good?"
I suppose I'm just not contemplative this week. Probably due to being sick. Or busy. Or stressed. The practical and mundane are all I can focus on. And that's ok. Tea doesn't have to be an EXPERIENCE all the time. It can just be a cup to soothe an achey body.
My daughter started a tea club at her college and is a little taken aback by the tremendous response. Apparently there are A LOT of tea fans out there that were just waiting for someone to organize. I gave her some of my current favorite as a present for their first meeting.
Dark Rose from The Snooty Fox
I hope tea can be a help to all those kids on campus. They must be looking for something if they are getting excited about a cup of hot water with some leaves in it. Will tea help them adjust to being adults? I hope so. Life keeps chucking things at me and I'm trying my best to readjust. But I'm tired. Maybe adjusting means taking a break with a hot mug of tea. Finding comfort can be an art. That's about as zen as I'm getting this week.
Move with intention.