Harmony, respect, purity, tranquility – Let’s drink tea

Today there was an opportunity to learn about the art of a Japanese tea ceremony. It seems that making tea can involve a lot of practice and mindfulness. Creating a satisfying bowl of tea, with consideration of others is important, as is having some beautiful flowers to complement the scene.

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Preparing the tea
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The teapot – maybe it looks a bit like Mt Fuji?

Before taking the tea, a small, yet beautiful sweet is offered.

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Special sweet made from sugar

Flowers are set out around the room to create an atmosphere. The flowers for tea should be arranged to reflect their precious beauty.

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Flowers adorn the room
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Precious flowers

The tea is served and tastes very good.

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Freshly made tea in the bowl

After the ceremony there is an opportunity to gather for a photo!

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Looking out of place in this photo!

There is something very special about making tea with all of the ceremonial rituals. Creating harmony, respecting others, striving to purify our mind and heart, while being prepared (tranquility) resonates in this busy world. Here’s to more tea ceremonies in the future.

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