Thank you very much for the wonderful event yesterday. I really enjoyed it.
Especially the green tea ceremony
I know nothing about green tea ceremonies except what you have shown me, but I would like to comment on a few things I noticed yesterday
first of all – the tea ceremony was an incredible experience, and I am sad I did not have time to stay and end it. But when I left I felt a lot more calm and collected
I really like the room it was held in. This was probably in purpose, but the naked walls and no distractions created a very calming setting. And the thin white curtain in front of the window ensured that light came in, but one was not distracted by the outside
then you arrived and started preparing the tools. I really like this part. It was done with great care and practiced movements which were far too “extravagant” (yet still very simple) to simply clean and prepare the utensil. But because of exactly this it captured my attention and made me focus only on what you were doing. And since you did it deliberately slow and methodically, I felt no haste and that we had all the time in the world.
For example. You took your time to fold the small piece of cloth in a very detailed way. It was not very flashy, but it created an atmosphere of calmness. Also the way you prepared the box of green tea and the spoon to take it with.
By doing it in this, very practiced way, everybody could relax because we could sense that you knew what you were doing, and that everything was “predetermined”
then came the strongest point in my opinion. You asked us to relax. not sit straight if it wasn’t comfortable. This really took the edge off the nervousness.
It is clear that when you clearly have practiced the preparation for a long time, the guests might feel like they are not “prepared” or practiced enough for such a “formal” event. But you dismissed this feeling with a single sentence.
You created a small bubble in a normally very hectic world, were I could enjoy life as it is, with the joy of nothing more than being alive and the wonderful feeling my own heartbeat.
The whole thing felt a lot like how I feel when I practice Karate by myself.
Karate is of course much more “physical”. but a certain aspect, called Kata, is about performing a pattern of movements. And even though it is a physical act, through this performance that one can become totally aware of ones own body. Everything else melts away while you are only focused on where your feet are now and where your elbow has to be next time. It gives me much the same calmness as I experienced at the ceremoni, where I was only focused on the movements you made, the cup infront of me and the taste of the green tea
I might be reading way way WAY too much into the whole experience, But I just want you to understand that it was truly an epiphany for me.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart
and on a side note – how long have you “studied” green tea ceremonies?